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“Tennis, Federer, The Record Numbers: For 13 Years He’s Won At Least One Tournament” (From: Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roger is one step from Lendl’s top mark (14.)  The Swiss man passes everyone on grass in winning percentage (87.7%) and tournaments won on the surface (13.)

One week from the start of Wimbledon, Roger Federer comes back strong, gets his first title of the season, and breaks another impressive series of records.  By winning his 6th championship at Halle, (one of his favorite strongholds), Roger Federer consolidates his dominance on grass in the Open Era.  The Swiss bettered his winning percentage by .4 points, going from 87.3% to 87.7%.  From 1999 to 2002, Federer lost 11 matches on grass; then he remained unbeatable for 65 matches in 5 years, until the final of Wimbledon against Nadal in 2008, and then, until the Olympic final against Murray, he lost only 6 more matches.  In the Open Era, only Jimmy Connors (170), John Newcombe (132), and Ken Rosewall (126) have won more matches than Federer (121) on grass, though it bears remembering that, back then, all of the Majors were played on grass, apart from the one in Paris.

87.7 – Percentage of matches won by Roger Federer on grass.  John McEnroe is 2nd with 85.6%, Rod Laver 3rd with 84%.  After that, Borg (83.6%), Pete Sampras (83.5%), Jimmy Connors (83.3%), and Boris Becker (82.3%.)

13 – Tournaments won by Roger Federer on grass.  (7 Wimbledon, 6 Halle.)  In the Open Era, Federer leads Sampras, who has 10 (7 Wimbledon, 2 Queens, 1 Manchester), and John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors who have 8 apiece.

65 – Match winning streak by Roger Federer on grass:  the run started at Halle 2003 (after the loss to Ancic in the first round at Wimbledon in 2002) and ended on 6 July 2008 at Wimbledon, in the historic final which he lost 7-9 in the 5th set to Nadal.

13 – Years in a row that Roger has won at least one tournament.  2001 (1) 2002 (3) 2003 (7) 2004 (11) 2005 (11) 2006 (12) 2007 (8) 2009 (4) 2010 (5) 2011 (4) 2012 (6) 2013 (1.)  Only Ivan Lendl is still better than Roger (14, from 1980-1993.)

77 – Career tournaments won by Roger Federer.  The Swiss ties John McEnroe for 3rd on the list of all-time most titles.  Ahead of him is only Jimmy Connors with 109 titles, and Ivan Lendl with 94.

27 – Different tournaments won by Federer.  [He] has won once at:  Estoril, Gstaad, Tokyo, Marseille, Milan, Monaco [translator's note:  I think this is wrong], Bercy, Roland Garros, Stockholm, and Sydney; twice at: Bankok, Canadian Open, Miami, Rotterdam, and Vienna; three times at:  Doha and Madrid; four times at: Australian Open, Hamburg, and Indian Wells; five times at: Basel, Cincinnati, Dubai, and US Open; six times at: Halle and the YEC, and seven times at Wimbledon.

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3 – Tournaments won this year by Andy Murray, who yesterday won Queen’s, besting Marin Cilic in the final, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.  Murray won Brisbane in January, and Miami in March.

27 – Career tournaments won by Andy Murray, the first being in 2006 in San José, CA.

4 – Tournaments won by Andy Murray on grass.  Queen’s in 2009, 2011, and 2013, and the Olympics in London in 2012.

[Translator's note:  I'm not translating the rest because it's all speculation on Eastbourne and s'Hertogenbosch, which were already contested.]

Translated from: “Tennis, Federer, Numeri Record: da 13 Anni Vince Almeno un Torneo” (Gazzetta dello Sport, June 17, 2013)

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