20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is set to embark on his 24th season as a professional on the ATP Tour and many consider him to be the greatest men’s player in history.
Federer has a host of different records in the sport, including being the oldest player to hold the top spot in the world rankings at the age of 36. Incredibly, he has now turned 40 and the desire is still there to continue in the sport. Here are some of the objectives Federer may be seeking to fulfill before he hangs up his racket for good.
Most Grand Slam singles titles
Federer is locked on the all-time number of Grand Slam singles titles with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It feels quite fitting that all three men have the same number of wins, given that they have all had periods of domination in the sport. It’s very unlikely that these three players will end their careers on 20 titles. Djokovic remains at his peak and after winning three of the four Grand Slams last season, he looks set for more glory in 2022.
However, in contrast, Federer has to try and find his best form again next year to add to his tally. He is currently priced at +1200 odds in the outright tennis betting markets for the 2022 Australian Open. The Swiss player has been successful in Melbourne on six occasions and if he is fully fit for the opening major event of the year, he cannot be ruled out.
Arguably Federer’s best chance of winning another Grand Slam is at Wimbledon. The grass at SW19 has been his home throughout his career and it’s telling that with eight victories in the tournament, no player has been more successful in the event.
Another French Open Win Would Be Special
The only Grand Slam event Federer has not won on multiple occasions is the French Open. His sole success at Roland Garros came in 2009. It was a fantastic achievement when he did get his hands on the trophy as it ensured he became a Career Grand Slam winner.
Clay has never been Federer’s favorite surface. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he has reached the finals in Paris on five occasions and yet lost to his rival Nadal in four of those finals. There was no shame in losing to the King of Clay as the Spaniard has dominated the tournament throughout his career.
A victory at the French Open would rank as Federer’s greatest ever win if he can prevail in 2022 or beyond. He was forced to pull out in the fourth round earlier this year and with Djokovic and Nadal playing so well on the surface, it’s going to require some special performances to cement his credibility as a player who still has viable shots at some wins.
Jimmy Connors Most Career Wins
Federer is currently second on the ATPs most career wins standings. He is 21 wins behind Jimmy Connors and that’s a record he should be able to claim in 2022 unless injuries prevent him from doing so.
The Swiss star has an incredible 1251 match wins, with a winning percentage of 81.98%. Bowing out with this record may prove to be fitting for Federer.
Although records are a great measurement of a player’s career, they don’t define Federer alone. He has entertained crowds like no other in history so he will be missed when he does call an end to his career.
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