Saturday, 25 December 2010

Advent calendar day 24 #2 Roger Federer

I'm sorry for posting this late.

Now we reach our number 2 and tomorrow the best tennis player of all time will be announced.

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2nd Best Player of all time

Roger Federer

Grand Slams won - 16
Grand Slam Finals lost - 6
Overall amount of singles titles won - 66
Overall Match Winning percentage - 81.03% (743-174)
Top rank - 1

The master of tennis is, surprisingly for many, slotted in at number 2. The Swiss maestro has won a record 16 Grand Slams in a record 22 Finals and this amount may possibly increase. He has already completed the career Grand Slam, winning Wimbledon in 2003, the US open and Australian Open in 2004 but had much trouble winning the French Open and won it in 2009. He made a record 23 consecutive Semi-Finals, a run which was ended at the 2010 French Open. From the latter stages of 2005 to the end of 2007, he made a record 10 consecutive Grand Slam Finals. At Wimbledon he has seen much success, winning 5 titles in a row a joint open era record with Bjorn Borg. On top of that he made 7 consecutive Finals, the only player in history to do this, and overall has won 6 titles already. He has shown much success at the US Open as well, winning 5 consecutive titles, an open era record, and participating in 6 Finals in a row. He also has a record 40 consecutive match wins. At the Australian Open he has been slightly less successful but has still won 4 titles and played in 5 Finals. Not much success has come from the French Open, being in the Final 4 consecutive times and winning on the fourth of those finals. This is probably because of Nadal, who beat Federer at the Semi-Finals in 2005 and the Finals between 2006 and 2008 at the French Open. If Nadal wan't playing, Federer could have won more Grand Slams, losing 5 of his 6 Grand Slam Finals to Nadal. In 2006, 2007 and 2009 he made the Final of all 4 Grand Slams, winning 3 in 2006 and 2007 and winning 2 in 2009. In Grand Slams he has a winning record of 87.4, only bettered by Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg in Open era. Federer is the second player to ever hold Grand Slams on 3 different surfaces, after Rafael Nadal. Federer has won a joint record of 5 ATP World Tour Finals, in 6 Finals, in 9 consecutive tries. He has been world number 1 for 285 weeks, one week behind the record set by Pete Sampras. This includes a record 237 weeks consecutively as number one, a record. He has been year end number 1 for 5 years, including 4 consecutive as well as being in the year end top 2 for a record 8 consecutive years. Federer has the record of 29 Finals at Masters 1000 events, winning 17, second only to Nadal with 18. Federer won a record 65 consecutive matches on grass, ended by Nadal. He also has a record 56 consecutive wins on hard court, before again losing to Nadal. His longest winning streak was 41 consecutive wins in matches from 2005 to 2006. His best year in 2006, when he won 12 titles and had a winning record of 92-5. As of the end of 2010 he still flies strong and is dangerous all around but has lost some his dominance to recent stars and has started to lose to players he didn't used to. Federer is a remarkable player, known for his great ability to adapt to other surfaces and is one of the best players, if not the best player, on all 3 surfaces. Federer is in general a baseline player but he has a very effective volley. He is not known for hitting the ball hard of having the best shots but is known for the elegance in each of his shots, whcih win him many points. However, we may not see much victories in the future for Federer, as Nadal peaks in form, he will always be one of the greatest players of all time.

P.S. Federer may become number 1 in this count down in the future if he wins more titles and continues to play well. 

Come back a bit later for the best player of all time.

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