Roger Federer Moves Into Sole Possession Of 2nd On ATP Open Era Title Leaderboard
by Tom Gainey | October 29th, 2017, 3:38 pm

Following his eighth Basel title today, Roger Federer moved into sole possession of second place on the ATP’s Open Era title leaderboard with 95.

Federer is now *just* 14 behind Jimmy Connors for the Open Era record. Federer has 7 titles this year after Basel, so he’ll need to keep that pace for the next two years or win 5 each of the next three years (or 4 each of the next 4 years!).

Federer also moves 20 titles ahead of rival Rafael Nadal.

ATP Open Era Title Leaders
109 Jimmy Connors
95 Roger Federer
94 Ivan Lendl
77 John McEnroe
75 Rafael Nadal

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11 Comments for Roger Federer Moves Into Sole Possession Of 2nd On ATP Open Era Title Leaderboard

Humble Rafa Says:

Sole possession of second is always important if you can’t get first.

j-kath Says:

Humble Rafa: Without taking sides, your humour at 3.01pm is refreshing.

skeezer Says:

“second is always important if you can’t get first.”
Curious statement since you are #5.

Tennis Stud Says:

95 and counting ! He doesn’t look like he is stopping any time if he stays healthy.

SG1 Says:

skeezer Says:

“second is always important if you can’t get first.”
Curious statement since you are #5.

Don’t think be was referring to total ATP titles…:)

SG1 Says:

75 titles and he’s five years younger. Plenty of time to add to that total. And Rafa’s been injured a lot more over the time he’s been on tour compared to Roger. Connors needs to be given his due. 109 titles is a huge number! He rarely gets mentioned as one of the all time greats but I think he and Lendl are pretty much equal. Connors played through perhaps the greatest string of players. He played Borg, Mac and Lendl when they were all in their prime. In almost any other era (like Lendl), he gets that double digit slam count….and considerably more respect!

skeezer Says:

“Connors played through perhaps the greatest string of players”
Totally agree with that!

Markus Says:

Connors is probably the greatest American tennis player and among the world’s best. He is way better than McEnroe who is so overrated.

SG1 Says:

Having seen both Mac and Connors play their best tennis, there’s no way that Connors is “way” better. I’d say they were very much equals. Day in and day out Connors had the edge because he was so gritty and loved to compete. But, when McEnroe was in form and focused, he was a terrifying prospect to play. Until somewhat recent seasons by Federer and Novak, his 82-3 record in ’84 was the gold standard by which ever other season was compared. Just my opinion but if you roll the tech back to wood and eliminate polyester strings, prime Mac could beat any player on earth today on grass or a hard court under those conditions.

SG1 Says:

And as a doubles and Davis cup player, McEnroe is pretty much in a league of his own.

SG1 Says:

I also think that if Borg had not retired, Mac may have better learned how to better cope with Lendl later in his career. He was denied that great rivalry that would have made him a better player. Much like Federer needed Rafa to make his backhand a better shot.

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