There are many hats that Roger Federer wears, or should that be crowns. With six Wimbledon titles to his name he has been called the ‘King of Wimbledon’, as in when the BBC’s Sue Barker made this torturous link during this year’s Championships: “[he] has become known in recent years as the King of Wimbledon … and this is the day after the death of the King of Pop”. But with five consecutive titles to his name at the US Open, and two wins away from a sixth, Federer has claims on the title ‘King of New York’.
The King of Wimbledon v the King of New York – have a look at Federer’s respective reigns and it’s hard to say where Federer has been more dominant, although he has never lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows whereas it has happened three times at SW19.
Federer @ Wimbledon
Titles: 6 from 11 appearances
Win/loss: 52/5 (91%)
Three set victories: 39
Victories over top 20 opponents: 16
Heaviest defeat: First round 2002 Mario Ancic (ranked 154) 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3
Biggest victory: semi-final 2006 Jonas Bjorkman (59) 6-2, 6-0, 6-2
Federer @ US Open (up to but not including 2009 semi-final)
US Open: 5 titles from nine appearances (55%) but 6 from 10 if he wins this year
Win/loss: 51/4 (93%)
Three set victories: 33
Victories over top 20 opponents: 18
Biggest victory: First round 2005 Ivo Minar (77) 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
Heaviest defeat: R16 2001 Andre Agassi (2) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4