After spending the last 15 years of his career collecting trophies and gradually adding to his undeniable legacy, Roger Federer secured the only title that has eluded him throughout that illustrious career: the Davis Cup title.
The achievement is a remarkable one considering Switzerland has only been in the final on two occasions in the tournament’s 115-year history. Their first was in 1992, where John McEnroe’s US team defeated the Swiss team 3-1 – the same result that the Swiss team handed the French on home soil this time around.
With the Davis Cup title added to his mantle, Federer can breath a sigh of relief and know that his accomplishments in tennis are unlikely to be matched again.
However, what exactly are his achievements? Here is a quick breakdown of all that the world No. 2 has accomplished over his career.
–302 weeks as World No. 1
No other competitor in ATP history has spent as many weeks atop the mountain as Roger Federer has during his tenure as world No. 1. With 302 weeks on top, Federer is ahead of Connors (268), Lendl (270) and Sampras (286).
–996 Match Wins
Roger Federer is four wins away from reaching the 1000 wins milestone on the professional tour – an achievement that few can have the pleasure of accomplishing it.
The world No. 2 is the only player apart from Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendel to win over 80 titles throughout his career.
–23 Masters 1000 titles
Federer is behind only Rafael Nadal in Masters 1000 events won, as the Swiss star is four titles behind Nadal (27) for 1st place. He is also just three titles ahead of Novak Djokovic (20) and one ahead of Ivan Lendel (22).
–-17 Grand Slam Titles
Federer stands alone as the only male player to have achieved 17 Grand Slam titles over the span of his career. While he has not added to that record since his Wimbledon title in 2012, Federer did reach the final at SW19 again this season and will certainly be on the hunt for more titles in 2015.
He is also the first ever men’s singles player to have reached 10 consecutive grand slam finals and a total of 25 grand slam finals.
–2 Olympic Medals
While Federer is yet to win Olympic Gold in singles competition, he managed to win Gold in the doubles competition with partner Stan Wawrinka in the 2008 Beijing Games. While he participated in the final in the 2012 London Games at Wimbledon, he lost to Andy Murray, who would go on to win his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open a month later.
Finally, Federer was able to add the one title missing from his illustrious mantle and cement his spot as arguably the greatest male competitor to ever step on a tennis court. Whoever is ambitious enough to attempt to overtake Federer will have quite the treacherous journey ahead of them.
*All mentioned statistic apply to the ATP tour solely.