Since turning pro in 1999, Roger Federer has broken plenty of records in his tennis career. The 38-year-old currently holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles won by a male player with 20 major titles. He is also the all-time leader in weeks spent at number one with 310 weeks at number one. This week the Swiss player will achieve another milestone in his career.
Career milestone for Federer
Federer will play his 1500th match in the second round of the Swiss Indoors. The match will be against Peter Gojowczyk. He has played against him twice in his career. He has defeated Gojowczyk both times. His most recent victory over the German player was at the Indian Wells Open this year. In the 1,499 matches the Swiss has played, he has lost 268 times. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won 82% percent of his matches over the course of his illustrious career. Federer trails Jim Connors in most matches played by a male tennis player. The American played 1,556 matches.
Competition in Basel from Wawrinka, Tsitsipas and Zverev
In Basel, Federer will be aiming to win his fourth singles title of the year. The 38-year-old won titles at the Halle, Miami, and Dubai Opens to take his tally to 102 singles titles. Despite Roger being the favorite in Basel, he will have to overcome some tricky opponents. Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka is also at the tournament. Depending on the outcome of their opening round matches, Federer and Wawrinka could face off in the quarterfinals. Other players who could pose a threat to world No.3’s chances at a 10th title in Basel are Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zverev defeated knocked out Federer at the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters this month. The German player reached the final but lost to Daniil Medvedev. The German holds a 4-3 winning record against Roger. The 20-time Grand Slam winner’s sports agency Team 8 manages the current world number six. The two will play a series of exhibition matches in Latin America next month. The Swiss will also be wary of Tsitsipas. The 21-year-old defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals in Shanghai. Federer has expressed optimism that he will do well in his hometown despite the notable competition. The current world number three hopes to begin the indoors season with a good result. He will play in the Paris Masters later this month and the ATP Finals in London in November.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, the Swiss played his last match on the 11th of October when he had to bow to Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-77 6-3 in the quarter in Shanghai.
This year Roger has a 45-8 win-loss record. Federer has won 3 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami and in Halle. Roger was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
Stan Wawrinka’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.17, the Swiss played his last match on the 20th of October when he was defeated by Andy Murray 3-6 6-4 6-4 in the final in Antwerp.
Stan Wawrinka’s best performance of this year was reaching the final in Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka played each other 28 times. The head to head is 25-3 for Federer.
The last time that they played each other, Roger Federer won 7-64 4-6 7-65 6-4 in the quarter in French Open in 04th June 2019.
Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka
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