Roger Federer’s 27 losses on grass


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Roger Federer's 27 losses on grass

Roger Federer has 19 titles and 187 wins on grass, his great specialty and where he won eight Wimbledon trophies. In his more than 20-year career, the Swiss have rarely been beaten on grass: 27.

Byron Black was born in Zimbabwe and became ATP No. 22 in 1996. But perhaps many will remember him for what happened in Queens 1999: he beat Roger Federer 6-3 6-0 in the first round to give the Swiss his first grass loss on the circuit. It would also be the only confrontation between Black and Federer.

Eleven of Her Majesty’s twenty-seven defeats were between 1999 and 2002, before her bankruptcy: Jiri Novak, Michael Chang, Richard Fromberg, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Patrick Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman, Nicolas Kiefer, Sjeng Schalken and Mario Ancic were his executioners. Then came the 10 consecutive titles (Halle and Wimbledon) between 2003 and 2008. That streak was cut by Rafael Nadal, in the only victory for the Spaniard over the Swiss on grass.

After Rafa, Hewitt and Haas would succeed in defeating His Majesty on grass again. So would Andy Murray, in the final of the 2013 London Olympics.

There is only one player who managed to beat Federer on grass three times. And there were three Wimbledon finals: Novak Djokovic, in 2014, 2015 and last year.

The strangest of all Federer’s defeats on grass was in charge of the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. In the second round of Wimbledon 2013, the 116th in the world, defeated the defending champion 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5 and 7-6 (5).


Federer’s 27 defeats on grass

Defeat / Year / Tournament / Rival / Result / Instanceto
1 1999 Queens Bryon Black 3-6 0-6 First Round
2 1999 Wimbledon Jiri Novak 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6 and 4-6 First round
3 2000 Halle Michael Chang 5-7 and 2-6 Quarterfinals
4 2000 Nottingham Richard Fromberg 5-7 and 1-6 First round
5 2000 Wimbledon Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5-7, 5-7 and 6-7 (6) First round
6 2001 Halle Patrick Rafter 6-4, 6-7 (6) and 6-7 (4) Quarterfinals
7 2001 Hertogenbosch Lleyton Hewitt 4-6 and 2-6 Semifinals
8 2001 Wimbledon Tim Henman 5-7, 6-7 (6), 6-2 and 6-7 (6) Quarterfinals
9 2002 Halle Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 4-6 and 4-6 Semifinals
10 2002 Hertogenbosch Sjeng Schalken 6-3, 5-7 and 3-6 Quarterfinals
11 2002 Wimbledon Mario Ancic 3-6, 6-7 (2) and 3-6 First round
12 2008 Wimbledon Rafael Nadal 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5) 7-6 (8) 7-9 Final
13 2010 Halle Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-7 (4) and 4-6 Final
14 2010 WImbledon Thomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 and 4-6 Quarterfinals
15 2011 Wimbledon Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 4-6 and 4-6 Quarterfinals
16 2012 Halle Tommy Haas 6-7 (5) and 4-6 Final
17 2012 Olympic Games Andy Murray 2-6, 1-6 and 4-6 Final
18 2013 Wimbledon Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 5-7 and 6-7 (5) Second round
19 2014 Wimbledon Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5 and 4-6 Final
20 2015 Wimbledon Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1), 7-6 (10), 4-6 and 3-6 Final
21 2016 Stuttgart Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-7 (7) and 4-6 Semifinals
22 2016 Halle Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4), 7-5 and 3-6 Semifinals
23 2016 Wimbledon Milos Raonic 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 5-7 and 3-6 Semifinals
24 2017 Stuttgart Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-7 (8) and 4-6 Second round
25 2018 Halle Borna Coric 6-7 (6), 6-3 and 2-6 Final
26 2018 WImbledon Kevin Anderson 6-2, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 4-6 and 11-13 Quarterfinals
27 2019 Wimbledon Novak Djokovic 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4 and 12-13 Final


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