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Shark Bites: Analysing Federer's 1000 Matches Played

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ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko breaks down the key numbers behind Roger Federer's 1000 career matches.

1000 MATCH CLUB – Roger Federer is the ninth player in the Open Era (since 1968) to play at least 1000 career singles matches:

Player No. Of Matches Career W-L
Jimmy Connors 1519 1242-277
Ivan Lendl 1310 1071-239
Guillermo Vilas 1207 923-284
Andre Agassi 1144 870-274
Stefan Edberg 1076 806-270
John McEnroe 1073 875-198
Ilie Nastase 1044 755-289
Brian Gottfried 1007 683-324
Roger Federer 1000 814-186

THE RIVALS – Federer has had several rivalries throughout his career. Here is how he's fared against his rivals and the longest winning streaks he's enjoyed against them:

Player Head-To-Head Longest Winning Streak
Lleyton Hewitt 26 (18-8) 15 ('04 Australian Open-'10 Halle)
Rafael Nadal 26 (9-17) 2 (2 occasions)
Novak Djokovic 24 (14-10) 4 ('06 Monte-Carlo-'07 Montreal)
Andy Roddick 23 (21-2) 11 ('03 Masters Cup-'08 Miami)
David Nalbandian 19 (11-8) 4 (2 occasions)
Nikolay Davydenko 18 (16-2) 12 ('02 Milan-'09 Finals)
Robin Soderling 17 (16-1) 12 ('04 Toronto-'10 Roland Garros)

TOP 10 TOURNAMENTS – Federer has played the majority of his matches at these events:

Tournament Matches Played W-L Titles
Australian Open 71 63-8 4
US Open 68 61-7 5
Wimbledon 66 59-7 6
Roland Garros 61 49-12 1
Miami 51 40-11 2
Basel 50 43-7 5
Year-End Championships 46 39-7 6
Indian Wells 41 33-8 3
Halle 40 36-4 5
Madrid 38 30-8 2

YEAR-BY-YEAR BREAKDOWN – See the breakdown of Federer's season match totals in the chart below:

Year Matches Played W-L Record Titles
2012 7 7-0 0
2011 76 64-12 4
2010 78 65-13 5
2009 73 61-12 4
2008 81 66-15 4
2007 77 68-9 8
2006 97 92-5 12
2005 85 81-4 11
2004 80 76-4 11
2003 95 78-17 7
2002 80 58-22 3
2001 70 49-21 1
2000 66 36-30 0
1999 30 13-17 0
1998 5 2-3 0
Total 1000 814-186 70

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE – Whether he's played on hard courts or the red dirt, Federer has succeeded in every environment. The chart below gives an overview of his performance on each surface:

Surface W-L FedEx Reliability Index Titles
Hard 499-102 .830 48
Clay 163-50 .765 9
Grass 102-15 .872 11
Carpet* 50-19 .725 2

*Carpet surface not used as of 2009.

PRESSURE POINTS – Of his 1000 matches played, 218 have come against Top 10 opponents. See the rest of Federer's 'Pressure Point' statistics below:

W-L FedEx Reliability Index
Tie-breaks 307-157 .662
Record vs. Top 10 145-73 .665
Finals 70-30 .700
Deciding Set (3rd or 5th Set) 144-83 .634
5th Set Record 18-16 .529

SERVING UP SUCCESS – The chart below breaks down Federer's career RICOH ATP MatchFacts service record, showcasing why he's been one of the premier servers in the game:

No. / Per centage
Aces 7263
Double Faults 1917
1st Serve Points Won 77%
Second Serve Points Won 57%
Total Service Points Won 67%
Break Points Faced 4440
Break Points Saved 67%
Service Games Played 12204
Service Games Won 88%

RETURNING THE FAVOUR – The chart below examines Federer's career RICOH ATP MatchFacts return record:

No. / Per centage
1st Serve Return Points Won 33%
2nd Serve Return Points Won 52%
Total Return Points Won 40%
Break Point Opportunities 7769
Break Points Converted 42%
Return Games Played 11892
Return Games Won 27%

TAKING CHARGE Of his 1000 matches, Federer has won the first set on 729 occassions, winning 93.1 per cent of those matches.

W-L FedEx Reliability Index
After Winning First Set 729-54 .931
After Losing First Set 85-132 .392
Playing vs Right Handers** 730-158 .822
Playing vs Left Handers** 83-28 .748

** Records against right and left handers reflect matches where data is available

- With assistance from Matt Fitzgerald

Related Topics:

Shark Bites, Roger Federer

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