Roger Federer is considered by many to be the greatest player in tennis history. As such, Federer has set a number of all-time records during his impressive 13-year professional career, many of which may never be broken in our lifetimes. In looking at his career résumé, one wonders which of his many records are sure to stand the test of time.
Ranking the Top Six Records That Will Stand the Longest:
1. Reaching 23 Straight Grand Slam Semifinals:
From winning Wimbledon in 2004 to winning the 2010 Australian Open, Federer made a mind-boggling 23 straight Grand Slam Semifinals. To achieve a record such as this, Federer needed to be consistent, focused, and versatile. The next person closest to him in ATP history was Ivan Lendl, who made 10 straight Grand Slam Semifinals. With only four Grand Slam tournaments played in a year, a player needs to have a stretch of dominance that spans over six years, with absolutely no lapses in play in the early rounds, in order to break this record.
2. 237 Consecutive Weeks as the No. 1 player
Federer has the longest single reign as the top ranked player in ATP history, as he was once the world No. 1 player from February 2, 2004 to August 17, 2008. To be healthy and in top form for about four-and-a-half years with every single player gunning for your position is simply impressive. Jimmy Connors is in second place, having spent 160 consecutive weeks as the No. 1 player.
3. Winning 16 Grand Slam Titles:
Roger Federer has won five US Open titles, six Wimbledon titles, four Australian Open titles, and one French Open title in his career. He has two more Grand Slam titles than Pete Sampras, who has 14. He also has six more titles than Rafael Nadal and 13 more titles than Novak Djokvoic, who are the only current players that have any chance of surpassing Federer on this record.
4. Reaching 10 Straight Grand Slam Finals:
From winning Wimbledon in 2005 to winning the 2007 US Open, Federer made it to 10 straight Grand Slam finals. The second longest streak also belongs to Federer, who made it to 8 straight Grand Slam finals from the 2008 French Open to the 2010 Australian Open. The third longest streak in ATP history belongs to Andre Agassi, who made it to four straight Grand Slam finals.
5. Making it to Each of the Grand Slam Finals at Least Five Times:
Federer has shown great versatility in order to make it to the final of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times each. It is rare to find players that excel on all the different surface types. Nadal has made five Wimbledon finals and six French Open finals, but has only made one Australian Open final and one U.S. Open final in his career.
6. Defending Wimbledon and the U.S. Open Four Consecutive Times Each:
Federer made history as the only male player to defend two separate Grand Slams four consecutive times each. Federer returned again and again as the defending champion after winning Wimbledon from 2003-2007, and he repeatedly defended his title at the U.S. Open after reigning from 2004-2008.
Do I have it right? Are there other Federer records that will last longer than these?
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