5 Roger Federer records that will likely never be broken
Federer beat longtime rival Rafael Nadal at his home tournament in Basel in 2015Roger Federer and records are inseparable! Throughout the 17 years of his professional career, the now 18-time Slam champion and former World No. 1 has set several mammoth records that underline his exceptional skills on the court. Even at 35 years old, on the higher end of the spectrum for a tennis player, Federer is continuing to set records and add on newer, bigger accomplishments and accolades. But before that, let’s have a look at five of his amazing tennis records could stand the test of time, and which are likely never to be broken:
#5 56 consecutive hardcourt wins
One of the most outstanding streaks of Roger Federer on an individual surface is his 56-match winning record on hardcourts that stretched from Rotterdam in February 2005 till Dubai in February 2006. His win over Bohdan Ulihrach in the Rotterdam first round set off the streak and it was the 19-year-old Rafael Nadal who upended Federer in the 2006 Dubai final, thereby halting his run.
This incredible feat remains the longest hardcourt winning streak in the Open Era.
The fact that Federer never lost on hardcourts for a whole year makes it even more unbelievable when you consider that almost 70% of the tour is played on hardcourts these days. This record thoroughly underlines the former World No. 1’s hegemony during his peak years and his versatility on both outdoor and indoor courts.
The World No. 3 is also the holder of the most number of wins on hardcourt – 660 – but it is his invincibility during 2005-2006 that takes centrestage and makes us appreciate what a genius he truly is!