On Sunday the Greatest mens tennis player of all time, Roger Federer sealed his 18th Grand Slam Tournament Title with a thrilling five set victory over arch rival Rafael Nadal. Few would have anticipated Federer, seeded 17th, to qualify for the final, let alone win the tournament, but he now stretches his lead at the top of the standings by another title. In the course of winning the title, there were some remarkable stats that arose from the day.
31 – This was a final that featured a combined 31 Grand Slam Tournament Titles from the two competitors (Now 32). That is the most in any Men’s Grand Slam Tournament final in the history of Tennis.
35 – At 35 years of age, Roger Federer became the second oldest Grand Slam Tournament winner in the Open Era, with only Ken Rosewall older when he won the Australian Open in 1972 at the age of 37.
17 – Federer was the lowest ranked player to win a Men’s Grand Slam Tournament title since Gaston Gaudio won the French Open in 2004 as an unseeded player
5 – Federer has become the first man in history to win at least five titles at three different Grand Slam tournaments (7 x Wimbledon, 5 x US Open & 5 x Australian Open)
6 – This is the first time that Federer has beaten Nadal at a Grand Slam tournament since the Wimbledon final in 2007, halting a losing streak of 6 matches.
14 – Federer’s 18th Grand Slam Tournament title comes 14 years after his first (2003 Wimbledon), this is the second longest Grand Slam title span after Ken Rosewall (20 years)
28 – This was Roger Federer’s 28th Grand Slam Tournament final, 7 more than the next place on the list Nadal & Novak Djokovic
$100 million – Career prize money eclipsed by Roger Federer, the second man to pass that benchmark after Novak Djokovic.