Roger Federer Only Behind Ken Rosewall for Most Tour Wins After Reaching R4 at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/03/2021, 11:25 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs


Eight-time champion Roger Federer reached yet another fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships on Saturday, going past home favorite Cameron Norrie in four sets.

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The win not only got him into the second week at All England but also took him to the second place in the all-time list of players with most wins on Tour.

The 39-year-old Swiss brought up his 1250th Tour win in the third-round encounter at Centre Court and is now only behind former Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors for the most number of victories on the men’s Tour.

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The eight-time Grand Slam champion leads the all-time tally with 1274 career victories on the Tour.

Rafael Nadal is fourth with 1027 wins and Novak Djokovic is at No.5 with 964 wins.

Roger Federer also becomes second oldest after Ken Rosewall to reach R4 at Wimbledon

At 39 years and 11 months, Federer also became the second oldest after Australian tennis stalwart Ken Rosewall to reach the last 16 at All England. Rosewall got there at the age of 40 in 1975.

For those obsessed with numbers, it was also the 69th time that the Swiss got through to the second week of a Grand Slam. A remarkable number in more ways than one, it also reminds fans of the sheer amount of tennis that the champion has played.

Asked to comment on the number and what it means to him during an on-court interview, Federer said, “It’s a nice stat to hear. It proves to me that when I do wake up in the morning, (I know) that has happened. I played a lot of tennis, I have loved every minute of it. Hope there’s a little bit more left in me.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 1, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Paul Childs

The Swiss played near-flawless tennis in the opening two sets, securing decisive breaks of serve and holding on to his lead to take a firm grip on the match.

Federer lost the third set in R3 win over Cameron Norrie

However, the third set saw a subtle shift in momentum as with Federer trailing 5-6 on serve, Norrie broke back to win it 7-5.

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The fourth set was a lot closer than what the scoreline suggested. Roared on by the Centre Court crowd, the Englishman responded after losing his serve early by breaking back immediately after.

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However, Federer broke him again and held on for a win. He will play rising Italian Lorenzo Sonego for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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