2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
DAY 14 MEN’S NOTES
Sunday 29 January
9 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)
This is the 105th edition of the Australian Championships, which began in 1905, as well as being the 49th Australian Open and the 196th Grand Slam tournament of the Open Era. Melbourne Park has hosted the tournament for the 30th year. It was first played here in 1988, when the venue was known as Flinders Park.
|(Seed) Player||Country||Age||Ranking||Best Australian Open performance||Best Grand Slam performance|
|(9) Rafael Nadal||ESP||30||9||W 2009||14 Grand Slam titles|
|(17) Roger Federer||SUI||35||17||W 2004, 2006-07, 10||17 Grand Slam titles|
At stake for the finalists, in addition to the prestige of the Australian Open title, is the following:
ATP Ranking Points
ATP Rankings update…
If he wins the title, Federer will re-enter the Top 10, at No. 10, when the new ATP Rankings are released on Monday 30 January. If Nadal wins, he will rise to No. 4. By reaching the final here, Federer has ensured he will climb to No. 14, while Nadal has ensured he will move up to No. 6.
Who has the advantage?
For 5 out of the past 9 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Nadal has the slight advantage in winning the 2017 Australian Open title.
Federer is looking to become the first man in history to win 5 or more titles at 3 different Grand Slam events. He has won a total of 4 Australian Opens, 7 Wimbledons, 5 US Opens and one Roland Garros. Victory today would also see him take sole ownership of 3rd place on the list for most Australian Open titles and close the gap on Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have each won 6 Australian titles.
Nadal is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. [NB while Laver completed the feat in 1969, some of the titles were won before the start of the Open Era].
The winner of today’s match will set the record for the longest wait between Australian Open titles in the Open Era. Nadal is bidding to end an 8-year wait for the Australian Open crown and win here for the for the first time since 2009, while Federer is looking to end a 7-year wait and win here for the first time since 2010. The longest gap between winning Australian Open titles in the Open Era is 5 years – Boris Becker (1991 and 1996) and Andre Agassi (1995 and 2000). The longest gap between winning a Grand Slam title in the Open Era at the same event is 8 years – Jimmy Connors won Wimbledon in 1974 and again in 1982.
Head-to-head: Nadal leads 23-11
2004 AMS Miami Hard (O) R32 Nadal 63 63
2005 AMS Miami Hard (O) FR Federer 26 67(4) 76(5) 63 61
2005 Roland Garros Clay (O) SF Nadal 63 46 64 63
2006 Dubai Hard (O) FR Nadal 26 64 64
2006 AMS Monte Carlo Clay(O) FR Nadal 62 67(2) 63 76(5)
2006 AMS Rome Clay (O) FR Nadal 67(0) 76(5) 64 26 76(5)
2006 Roland Garros Clay (O) FR Nadal 16 61 64 76(4)
2006 Wimbledon Grass (O) FR Federer 60 76(5) 67(2) 63
2006 Tennis Masters Cup Hard (I) SF Federer 64 75
2007 AMS Monte Carlo Clay (O) FR Nadal 64 64
2007 AMS Hamburg Clay (O) FR Federer 26 62 60
2007 Roland Garros Clay (O) FR Nadal 63 46 63 64
2007 Wimbledon Grass (O) FR Federer 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62
2007 Tennis Masters Cup Hard (I) SF Federer 64 61
2008 AMS Monte Carlo Clay (O) FR Nadal 75 75
2008 AMS Hamburg Clay(O) FR Nadal 75 67(3) 63
2008 Roland Garros Clay (O) FR Nadal 61 63 60
2008 Wimbledon Grass (O) FR Nadal 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97
2009 Australian Open Hard (O) FR Nadal 75 36 76(3) 36 62
2009 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) FR Federer 64 64
2010 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) FR Nadal 64 76(5)
2010 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) FR Federer 63 36 61
2011 Miami-1000 Hard (O) SF Nadal 63 62
2011 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) SF Nadal 57 61 63
2011 Roland Garros Clay (O) FR Nadal 75 76(3) 57 61
2011 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR Federer 63 60
2012 Australian Open Hard (O) SF Nadal 67(5) 62 76(5) 64
2012 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) SF Federer 63 64
2013 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) QF Nadal 64 62
2013 Rome-1000 Clay (O) FR Nadal 61 63
2013 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) QF Nadal 57 64 63
2013 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) SF Nadal 75 63
2014 Australian Open Hard (O) SF Nadal 76(4) 63 63
2015 Basel Hard (I) FR Federer 63 57 63
This is Nadal and Federer’s 12th Grand Slam encounter, putting them in 3rd place for the most matches played at the majors in the Open Era.
Most Grand Slam match-ups (Open Era)
|Players||No. of match-ups||Win-loss|
|Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic
|15||Djokovic leads 9-6|
|Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
|13||Nadal leads 9-4|
|Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal||12||Nadal leads 9-2|
|Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray||10||Djokovic leads 8-2|
|Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe||10||Lendl leads 7-3|
This is the 9th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which extends their lead for the most match-ups in a Grand Slam final in the Open Era.
Most head-to-heads in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)
|Head-to-head||Grand Slam final meetings|
|Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal||9|
|Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
|Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras
Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander
Nadal has won 6 of their previous 8 Grand Slam final meetings – including here in 2009, when he won in 5 sets to win his only title at the Australian Open.
This is the 35th meeting between Federer and Nadal. This is the joint 6th-most matches played in a head-to-head at Tour-level in the Open Era:
|Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal||49|
|Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic||45|
|Ivan Lendl v John McEnroe||36|
|Jimmy Connors v Ivan Lendl||36|
|Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray||36|
|Jimmy Connors v John McEnroe||35|
|Boris Becker v Stefan Edberg||35|
|Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal||35|
Federer ended a 5-match losing streak against Nadal in their most recent meeting, the final at 2015 Basel. Last year was the first year since the pair’s first meeting in 2004 that they have not contested at least one match.
Nadal is on a 6-match winning streak against Federer at the Grand Slams, having not lost to the Swiss at a major since falling in 5 sets in the final at 2007 Wimbledon. Federer has won just two of their 11 previous meetings at the Grand Slams.
Of the pair’s 34 previous meetings, 21 have been finals. Nadal leads the head-to-head in finals 14-7.
Nadal leads the hard court head-to-head 9-7, and has won all 3 of their meetings at the Australian Open. As well defeating Federer in the final here in 2009, he also won their semifinal encounters in 2012 and 2014.
Nadal is one of just 3 active players who have had more than one career meeting with Federer to hold a winning head-to-head – the others are Djokovic (23-22) and Dominic Thiem (2-1).
Federer has a losing head-to-head against just 4 players at the Grand Slams where multiple matches have been played – Nadal, Alex Corretja (0-2), Arnaud Clement (1-2) and Djokovic (6-9).
Federer is aiming to win his 18th Grand Slam singles title and extend his all-time record for the most Grand Slams won. Nadal is bidding to win his 15th major title and claim sole ownership of 2nd place on the all-time list.
Grand Slam titles won
By reaching his 6th Australian Open final, Federer has become the 2nd man in the Open Era to reach 6 Australian Open finals after Novak Djokovic. Nadal has moved into joint-5th position on the list after reaching his 4th final here.
No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)
Federer is through to his 28th Grand Slam final, extending the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. By reaching the final here, Nadal has tied Djokovic in 2nd place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam finals reached with 21.
Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)
|Player||No. of GS finals|
Federer is looking to claim his first hard court title since defeating Nadal to win 2015 Basel and his 61st hard court title overall. He is aiming to extend his record for most hard court titles won in the Open Era. Nadal – who last won a hard court title at 2014 Doha – has won a total of 16 hard court titles, the 4th highest among active players (behind Federer, Djokovic and Murray).
Hard court title leaders (Open Era)
|Player||No. of hard court titles|
Active players in bold
This is just the 5th occasion in the Open Era that a Grand Slam final has been contested by a pair of 30-somethings. The last time 2 players aged 30 or over contested a final at a major was at the 2002 US Open when 31-year-old Pete Sampras defeated 32-year-old Andre Agassi to win the title. The last time it happened here was in 1972, when 37-year-old Ken Rosewall defeated 36-year-old Mal Anderson.
With 36-year-old Venus Williams and 35-year old Serena Williams contesting the women’s singles final, this is the first Grand Slam in the Open Era where all 4 singles finalists have been aged 30 or over.
With No. 9 Nadal and No. 17 Federer through to the final here, the winner of today’s match will be the lowest-ranked man to win the Australian Open since No. 18 Thomas Johansson won the title here in 2002.
Road to the Final
|d. Florian Mayer 63 64 64||2:04||1st round||2:06||d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62|
|d. Marcos Baghdatis 63 61 63||2:13||2nd round||2:03||d. (Q) Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3)|
|d. No. 24 Alexander Zverev 46 63 67(5) 63 62||4:06||3rd round||1:30||d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 62 64 64|
|d. No. 6 Gael Monfils 63 63 46 64
d. No. 3 Milos Raonic 64 76(7) 64
|Round of 16
|d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 67(4) 64 61 46 63
d. Mischa Zverev 61 75 62
d. No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 75 63 16 46 63
|total time on court||18:59||(IBM time)||13:40||total time on court|
NADAL v FEDERER
30 Age 35
6’1”/1.85m Height 6’1”/1.85m
9 ATP Ranking 17
78,737,293 Career Earnings (US$) 98,830,819
69 Titles 88
209-31 Career Grand Slam Record 313-51
14 titles Best Grand Slam Result 17 titles
51-10 Australian Open Record 86-13
814-175 Career Record 1086-245
389-118 Career Record – Hard 670-135
8-1 2017 Record 6-0
8-1 2017 Record – Hard 6-0
19-8 Career Five-Set Record 26-20
3 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 10
202-133 Career Tiebreak Record 396-216
2-2 2017 Tiebreak Record 1-1
- 2009 Australian Open champion NADAL is bidding to win his 2nd Australian Open title and become the first man in the Open Era – and only the 3rd man in history – to win each of the 4 Grand Slam titles twice. Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only players to have won each Grand Slam on 2 or more occasions. [NB: While Laver completed the feat in 1969, some of the titles were won before the start of the Open Era.]
- Nadal is bidding to win his 15th Grand Slam title and close the gap on Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently joint-2nd with Pete Sampras on the list behind Federer (17).
- Nadal is bidding to win his first Grand Slam title since 2014 Roland Garros – when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final. This is his first appearance in a major final since then.
- The Australian Open is Nadal’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of match-wins, but his least successful in terms of titles won.
|Titles won||Win-loss record||Finals reached|
- This is Nadal’s 21st Grand Slam final. He has a 14-6 win-loss record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match:
Nadal in Grand Slam finals
|2005 Roland Garros||d. Mariano Puerta 67(6) 63 61 75|
|2006 Roland Garros||d. Roger Federer 16 61 64 76(4)|
|2006 Wimbledon||l. Roger Federer 60 76(5) 67(2) 63|
|2007 Roland Garros||d. Roger Federer 63 46 63 64|
|2007 Wimbledon||l. Roger Federer 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62|
|2008 Roland Garros||d. Roger Federer 61 63 60|
|2008 Wimbledon||d. Roger Federer 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97|
|2009 Australian Open||d. Roger Federer 75 36 76(3) 36 62|
|2010 Roland Garros||d. Robin Soderling 64 62 64|
|2010 Wimbledon||d. Tomas Berdych 63 75 64|
|2010 US Open||d. Novak Djokovic 64 57 64 62|
|2011 Roland Garros||d. Roger Federer 75 76(3) 57 61|
|2011 Wimbledon||l. Novak Djokovic 64 61 16 63|
|2011 US Open||l. Novak Djokovic 62 64 67(3) 61|
|2012 Australian Open||l. Novak Djokovic 57 64 62 67(5) 75|
|2012 Roland Garros||d. Novak Djokovic 64 63 26 75|
|2013 Roland Garros||d. David Ferrer 63 62 63|
|2013 US Open||d. Novak Djokovic 62 36 64 61|
|2014 Australian Open||l. Stan Wawrinka 63 62 36 63|
|2014 Roland Garros||d. Novak Djokovic 36 75 62 64|
|2017 Australian Open||v Roger Federer|
- Nadal is bidding to become the first No. 9 seed in the Open Era to win the Australian Open. The No. 9 seed has finished runner-up at Melbourne Park on 7 occasions – with Marat Safin the last No. 9 seed to reach the final here in 2002.
- Nadal is bidding to become the first No. 9 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Jim Courier at 1991 Roland Garros. By reaching the final here, he has become the first No. 9 seed to contest a Grand Slam final since Andy Roddick fell to Federer at the 2006 US Open.
- Ranked at No. 9, Nadal is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to win the Australian Open since No. 18 Thomas Johansson won the title here in 2002. He would be the lowest-ranked man to win a Grand Slam since No. 9 Stan Wawrinka won 2015 Roland Garros.
- Nadal’s best performance at the Australian Open is winning the title in 2009 (d. Federer). He also reached the final in 2012, losing to Djokovic in the longest men’s Grand Slam final on record at 5 hours, 53 minutes, and in 2014
(l. Stan Wawrinka).
- By defeating Dimitrov in Friday’s semifinals, Nadal improved his win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals to 21-3. He has a 4-1 win-loss record in semifinals here.
- By defeating Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals here, Nadal recorded his 50th Australian Open match-win and became the 4th man in the Open Era to record 50 Australian Open match-wins after Federer, Djokovic and Edberg.
Most Australian Open match-wins (Open Era)
Active players in bold.
- By defeating No. 6 Gael Monfils in the round of 16 and No. 3 Raonic in the quarterfinals here, Nadal recorded back-to-back match-wins over Top 10 opposition at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2014 Roland Garros, when he defeated No. 5 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, No. 8 Andy Murray in the last 4 and No. 2 Djokovic in the final. His win over Monfils here ended a 4-match losing streak against Top 10 players and was his first Top 10 win since he defeated No. 6 Kei Nishikori to win the title at 2016 Barcelona.
- By winning 5-set matches against Zverev in the 3rd round and Dimitrov in the semifinals here, Nadal ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches and improved his 5-set record to 19-8. He has a 7-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Melbourne Park.
- Last year here Nadal lost in the 1st round for the first time in his career, falling to Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets. It was just the 2nd time that he had lost in the 1st round at a Grand Slam, having also lost his opening match at 2013 Wimbledon (l. Steve Darcis).
- Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Nadal reached the round of 16 at the US Open (l. Lucas Pouille), but gave a walkover in the 3rd round at Roland Garros and missed Wimbledon due to a left wrist injury. This is his 12th appearance at Melbourne Park and his 47th Grand Slam overall.
- Away from the majors, Nadal’s best results in 2016 came during the clay court season when he won back-to-back titles at Monte Carlo-1000 (d. Monfils) and Barcelona (d. Nishikori). It was his 9th title at both events, and took his career total to 69 titles. Nadal also reached the final at Doha (l. Djokovic) and the semifinals at 5 other tournaments.
- Also in 2016, Nadal won his 2nd gold medal at the Olympic Tennis Event after clinching the men’s doubles title alongside Marc Lopez at Rio 2016. He narrowly missed out on a medal in singles, falling to Nishikori 62 67(1) 63 in the bronze medal play-off.
- Nadal is the only lefthander to have contested an Australian Open final since 1998 when Petr Korda defeated fellow lefthander Marcelo Rios.
- Nadal is aiming to win his first hard court tournament in over 3 years. He has not won a hard court tournament since defeating Monfils to win the title at 2014 Doha. His total of 16 hard court titles is the 4th highest among active players (behind Federer, Djokovic and Murray).
- Nadal warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane (l. Raonic). It was his first tournament since October, when he lost to Viktor Troicki at Shanghai-1000, after he pulled out of Basel, Paris-1000 and the ATP World Tour Finals with a wrist injury.
- At the 2010 US Open, Nadal became the 7th man in history to win all 4 Grand Slam titles. He was the 3rd-youngest in history and the youngest man in the Open Era, to do so.
- Nadal has been coached by his uncle, Toni Nadal, for his entire career. He added former Australian Open finalist Carlos Moya to his team ahead of the 2017 season. His fitness trainer is Rafael Maymo.
- At 35 years 174 days, FEDERER is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).
- Federer, who won 2012 Wimbledon aged 30 years 335 days, is looking to become the sixth man in the Open Era to win 2 or more Grand Slams titles after turning 30. Stan Wawrinka was the last man to achieve the feat, winning 2015 Roland Garros aged 30 years, 71 days and the 2016 US Open aged 31 years, 167 days.
Players aged over 30 to win 2 or more Grand Slams (Open Era)
|Player||Titles won aged over 30||Years|
|Ken Rosewall||4||1968, 1970, 1971, 1972|
|Andre Agassi||2||2001, 2003|
|Jimmy Connors||2||1982, 1983|
|Stan Wawrinka||2||2015, 2016|
- Federer is looking to win his 5th Australian Open title – in his first final here since 2010 – and become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian titles:
Australian Open title leaders (all-time)
|Novak Djokovic||6||2008, 2011-13, 2015-16|
|Roy Emerson||6||1961, 1963-67|
|Andre Agassi||4||1995, 2000-01, 2003|
|Jack Crawford||4||1931-33, 1935|
|Roger Federer||4||2004, 2006-07, 2010|
- Federer is bidding to win his 18th Grand Slam title and tie Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in equal 5th place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam singles titles by a man or woman.
All-time Grand Slam singles title leaders (men and women)
|Rank||Player||No. of titles|
|4.||Helen Wills Moody||19|
*Serena Williams could win her 23rd Grand Slam title if she wins the title here. Written prior to Saturday’s women’s final.
- Federer has a 17-10 record in Grand Slam finals, going into today’s match:
Federer in Grand Slam finals
|2003 Wimbledon||d. Mark Philippoussis 76(5) 62 76(3)|
|2004 Australian Open||d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62|
|2004 Wimbledon||d. Andy Roddick 46 75 76(3) 64|
|2004 US Open||d. Lleyton Hewitt 60 76(3) 60|
|2005 Wimbledon||d. Andy Roddick 62 76(2) 64|
|2005 US Open||d. Andre Agassi 63 26 76(1) 61|
|2006 Australian Open||d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62|
|2006 Roland Garros||l. Rafael Nadal 16 61 64 76(4)|
|2006 Wimbledon||d. Rafael Nadal 60 76(5) 67(2) 63|
|2006 US Open||d. Andy Roddick 62 46 75 61|
|2007 Australian Open||d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64|
|2007 Roland Garros||l. Rafael Nadal 63 46 63 64|
|2007 Wimbledon||d. Rafael Nadal 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62|
|2007 US Open||d. Novak Djokovic 76(4) 76(2) 64|
|2008 Roland Garros||l. Rafael Nadal 61 63 60|
|2008 Wimbledon||l. Rafael Nadal 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97|
|2008 US Open||d. Andy Murray 62 75 62|
|2009 Australian Open||l. Rafael Nadal 75 36 76(3) 36 62|
|2009 Roland Garros||d. Robin Soderling 61 76(1) 64|
|2009 Wimbledon||d. Andy Roddick 57 76(6) 76(5) 36 1614|
|2009 US Open||l. Juan Martin del Potro 36 76(5) 46 76(4) 62|
|2010 Australian Open||d. Andy Murray 63 64 76(11)|
|2011 Roland Garros||l. Rafael Nadal 75 76(3) 57 61|
|2012 Wimbledon||d. Andy Murray 46 75 63 64|
|2014 Wimbledon||l. Novak Djokovic 67(7) 64 76(4) 57 64|
|2015 Wimbledon||l. Novak Djokovic 76(1) 67(10) 64 63|
|2015 US Open||l. Novak Djokovic 64 57 64 64|
|2017 Australian Open||v. Rafael Nadal|
- Federer is contesting his 100th match at the Australian Open today. Jimmy Connors is the only other man to have played 100 matches at one Grand Slam event in the Open Era – at both Wimbledon (102) and the US Open (115). Federer has played 95 matches at Wimbledon, 89 at the US Open and 81 at Roland Garros.
- Ranked No. 17, Federer is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to win the Australian Open since No. 18 Thomas Johansson won the title here in 2002. He would be the lowest-ranked man to win any Grand Slam since No. 44 Gaston Gaudio won 2004 Roland Garros. By reaching the final here, he has become the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open final since No. 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008. He is the lowest-ranked man to reach any Grand Slam final since No. 25 Robin Soderling at 2009 Roland Garros.
- Federer is bidding to become the first No. 17 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Pete Sampras won the title as No. 17 seed at the 2002 US Open. Sampras was also the last No. 17 seed to reach a Grand Slam final.
- By reaching the final here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall (39 years 310 days) at the 1974 US Open.
- By reaching the final here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the 3rd different man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open final aged 35 or over. He is the 4th oldest Australian Open finalist overall:
Oldest men to reach Australian Open final (Open Era)
|37 years 62 days||Ken Rosewall||1972|
|36 years 306 days||Mal Anderson||1972|
|36 years 73 days||Ken Rosewall||1971|
|35 years 174 days||Roger Federer||2017|
NB Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament
- The Australian Open is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. He has an 86-13 win-loss record here:
|Titles won||Win-loss record||Finals reached|
- By winning 5-set matches against both Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka here, Federer improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 26-20. He has a 7-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.
- By defeating No. 10 Tomas Berdych, No. 5 Nishikori and No. 4 Wawrinka here, Federer has recorded consecutive match-wins against Top 10 opposition for the first time since he recorded 4 straight wins against Top 10 opponents at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.
- Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.
- Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.
- Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).
- In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.
- Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.
- This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].
- Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
- Federer is coached by 2006 Australian Open quarterfinalist Ivan Ljubicic, and Severin Luthi.