By Nick Georgandis
After winning Wimbledon for a record-tying seventh time in 2012, Roger Federer has a number of other career achievements on his watch list heading into the 2013 season, which starts for the legendary Swiss at the Australian Open, but as of now does not include appearances at the Miami Open or his hometown tournament in Basel.
Regardless, Federer, largely considered the greatest player of all time, will likely climb the charts in a number of historic categories this year, barring injury, further cementing his case for the tennis Mount Rushmore.
Here’s a look at the numbers Federer is chasing in 2013.
Grand Slam appearances – if Federer appears in all four Slams, he will tie Jonas Bjorkman for third place all time with 58.
Grand Slam quaterfinals made – Federer needs three to tie Jimmy Connors for first with 41.
Consecutive Grand Slam appearances – If he plays in all four, he will have appeared in 56, tying Wayne Ferreira for the most.
Australian Open titles – One more will give him five, the first man to ever do so.
French Open match wins – He’s currently at 54. Guillermo Vilas is first with 58. Rafael Nadal is third with 52.
Wimbledon match wins – He’s currently third with 66. Boris Becker is second with 71.
US Open match wins – He’s currently sixth with 64. Next on the list is John McEnroe with 65.
Career ATP titles – Federer has 76, good for fourth place. McEnroe is third with 77.
Consecutive years with 1+ title – Federer has won at least one title in 12 straight season, third all-time. If he wins a title this year, he’ll tie Connors for second with 13 straight seasons.
Titles Outdoors – Federer has won 56 tournaments outside, tied with Vilas for the most in history.
Match wins – Federer is presently fourth in career wins with 878. He’ll need 44 in 2013 to surpass Vilas at No. 3 with 921.
Rankings – Federer has spent 402 weeks ranked either first or second. The record is 409 by Ivan Lendl; He has resided in the Top 3 for 489 weeks. Lendl is No. 2 in this category with 499 weeks; He’s been in the Top 4 for 495 weeks, six behind Lendl for second and in the Top five for 515 weeks, ninth behind Lendl for second.
Posted: 12/26/2012 2:13:52 PM