We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Roger Federer, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the professional Swiss tennis player that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: He Won 12 Tournaments in a Single Year. Federer won 12 tournaments in 2006, which ties him with Thomas Muster for the most tournaments a player has ever won in a single year. However, in 2013, Federer won the least amount of tournaments he ever won in a single year: just one.
Number Seven: He Shined on Blue Clay. Though the decision to hold the 2012 Madrid Open on blue clay killed the game of many people, including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer truly shined on the blue clay, and he ended up winning the tournament.
Number Six: He Has Won a Tournament for 15 Straight Years. In 2015, Federer became the first professional player to win a tournament for 15 consecutive years. The record was previously held by Ivan Lendl, who won a tournament for 14 consecutive years.
Number Five: He Has Never Retired From a Match. It’s true! Though Nadal has retired from seven matches, and Djokovic has retired from 11, Federer has never retired from a match. Even John McEnroe retired from a match.
Number Four: Nadal Is the Only Member of the Big Four With a Winning Record Against Him. Nadal has a record of 23-10 against Federer, despite the fact that Federer has a winning record against Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Number Three: He Has the Most Titles at One Non-Clay Tournament. Federer has made 11 finals appearances at the Basel tournament. However, his record is just 6-5 in the Basel finals.
Number Two: He Has Won Three Grand Slams in a Single Year Three Times. However, he never won three back-to-back Slams in the same year. What he did do is win three straight Slams spanning two calendar years. The tournaments were Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open.
Number One: He Is the Only Man to Win Back-to-Back Slams Five Times. Federer won back-to-back slams with Wimbledon and the U.S. Open from the years of 2004 to 2007, and he also won the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back in 2009.