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Roger by the Numbers during the Grass Court Streak

22.06.2008 | Tennis


Open Era grass court winning streak record since his last loss to Mario Ancic in the first round at Wimbledon in 2002


Different opponents he has beaten on grass during the streak



Has won 34 consecutive matches at the All England Club, second in the Open Era to Borg’s 41



The most aces he’s hit in a match during the streak (in ’07 final vs. Rafael Nadal)



The number of sets lost in 168 sets played



Tied (with Pete Sampras) for the most career grass titles in the Open Era



Has defeated nine Top 10 opponents during the streak, including eight at Wimbledon



Has only lost eight of 110 sets during his Wimbledon title reign



Lost his serve seven times in the tournament in last year’s Wimbledon title run



Trying to become the first player since William Renshaw from 1881-86 to win six straight Wimbledon singles titles



Last year tied Bjorn Borg’s Open Era record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles (1976-80). Has also won five career titles in Halle



The most times he’s been broken in a match (three different times – ’07 Wimbledon final vs. Nadal, ’06 Halle QF vs. O. Rochus, ’04 Wimbledon final vs. Roddick). Saved four match points vs. Rochus in ’04 Halle, the only time he’s faced a match point. Also only lost his serve four times in his Wimbledon title run two years ago



Has beaten three opponents three times each during the streak (Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Kiefer, Andy Roddick)


The fewest games he’s won in a set (in ’07 final vs. Nadal) in 168 sets played



Has been stretched to five sets once during the streak (in ’07 final vs. Nadal)…Also has lost the opening set only once at Wimbledon during the streak (in ’04 Wimbledon final vs. Roddick)





By Greg Sharko, ATP


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06/23/2008 | 04:57 PM

I thought it was what the crowd was laughing so much about just before the last game of the match (I was away from the TV for a few seconds). Guess I was mistaken. I apologize.

Somebody from the crowd said something when Roger was about to se
06/23/2008 | 04:37 PM
*** To Souji5,

Hrbaty sat down next to Rog on one of the changeovers late in the 2nd set! Apparently they're good friends--played doubles and all--and Hrbaty told Roger he just wanted to have some extra fun, since this may be one of his last Wimbledon
06/23/2008 | 04:33 PM
come on dear champion make them better, only you can do it
06/23/2008 | 04:21 PM
hi roger, nice match today! i think you won't have any problems until the semis... so relax and focus on your play! good luck
06/23/2008 | 04:18 PM
Hey Rogerholics,

Gael Monfils has withdrawn due to a shoulder injury. Roger could have met him in the third round.
06/23/2008 | 04:12 PM
Thanks for telling us about the pictures in the Forum.

I found this a few pages ahead there. Picture of Hrbaty is sitting with Roger on Roger's bench, just before the last game. SO adorable!

06/23/2008 | 04:11 PM
Wow, Roger, way to start the tournament. I didn't get much coverage of the match here on ESPN2--guess I'll have to pay for the streaming next match.

***FedEx100--the pictures on the Forum are FABULOUS! Thanks for letting us know--go look, everyone!
06/23/2008 | 04:10 PM
***pokah22, yeah you're right. Roger will speak with his racquet. I'm not really worried about all these former players anymore. They still get on my nerves, sure, but they've proved, like you implied, that they are fair-weather friends/supporters.

06/23/2008 | 04:09 PM
Thanks Souji5 about John McEnroe positive comments about Roger's top form.

I'm happy about news that Roger is regaining his TOP FORM. This is the most important thing i wish to Roger.

With his super form, Roger is invincible in Wimbledon with his
06/23/2008 | 04:07 PM
Soujis5 ur right, Mcenroe is amog the ones singing Roger's praises now cos he played well and is moving on comfortably to the second round. he is a fan of Djoko but turns around if things are going well for Roger. Who cares what he thinks, I guess Roger c
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