8 tournaments where Roger Federer has had the most missed opportunities
During his 21-year-long illustrious career, Roger Federer has racked up some staggering numbers. They include 102 career singles titles (second best all time behind Jimmy Connors' 109), 156 career singles finals (second best all time behind Connors' 163), 1222 singles match wins (second best all time behind Connors' 1274), 101 match wins at Wimbledon (most at a single tournament), 19 grasscourt titles (best of all time), 353 Grand Slam match wins (best of all time) and 20 Grand Slam titles (best of all time).
One of only 10 players (third active) in the Open Era to have captured 60 or more singles titles, Federer's tally of 54 final losses is tied with Jimmy Connors for most in the Open Era, among one of the Swiss' few less illustrious records.
Federer has reached the final of 34 different tournaments, only failing to win in Rome, Monte Carlo and the Olympics singles in 2012 London.
In the 31 different tournaments the Swiss has triumphed in, Federer has multiple title hauls in 18 of those tournaments, with 5 or more victories at an impressive 9 tournaments. Halle (10 titles) has been his most successful, followed by 9 at his hometown of Basel, 8 each at Wimbledon and Dubai, 7 at Cincinnati, 6 each at the ATP Finals and the Australian Open and 5 each at the US Open and Indian Wells.
Federer has a perfect final record at 11 tournaments, winning thrice at Doha, twice each at Bangkok and Vienna and once apiece at Sydney, Munich, Tokyo, Estoril, Stockholm, Paris-Bercy, Istanbul and Stuttgart.
However, the record 20 time Grand Slam champion has had his fair share of missed opportunities where he has either run into an inspired opponent in the final or has faltered on the brink of victory by pulling the trigger too early.
Here is a comprehensive list of the tournaments where the Swiss has come up short in the title match on more occasions than he would have hoped for.
One of Federer's most successful tournaments (9 titles) is also one where the home town boy has come up short in the title match on no fewer than five occasions.
Fresh off a first career final in Marseille' 2000 (lost to countryman Marc Rosset), Federer reached his second final at his hometown of Basel. But the Swiss teenager's hopes of a first career title were dashed in a bruising five-set defeat to Swede Thomas Enqvist.
There was more hometown heartbreak in store for Federer as a loss to Tim Henman in the final the following year meant that the precocious Swiss had just one title to show from five tournament finals in his young career.
Eight years later, Federer's title tally swelled to an impressive 61, encompassing three Basel title runs. He then endured a third Basel final reverse in a three-set defeat to young Serbian Novak Djokovic, in the 2009 title match.
Juan Martin Del Potro got the better of the Swiss in back to back Basel finals (2012-13) as Federer suffered his fifth final defeat at the same tournament for the first and only time till date.