Roger Federer is on the verge of breaking the record for consecutive set victories at Wimbledon. Following his round of 16 victory over Adrian Mannarino on Monday, Federer has now won 32 successive sets at Wimbledon, and should the Swiss maestro beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets tomorrow, he will break his previous record set between 2005 – 06.
During the summer of 2006, Roger Federer was already on his way to becoming one of tennis’ all-time greats. A thrilling tie with rival Rafael Nadal on centre court saw the Swiss Maestro claim his fourth Wimbledon title, and eighth career Grand Slam. The match ended 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3, and it was in the third set that Federer’s outstanding record of 34 consecutive sets came to an end.
Now, at the age of 36, Federer is once again en route to claiming back-to-back Wimbledon titles in record breaking fashion. The only thing standing in the way of Federer beating his previous best is Kevin Anderson – a player Federer has bested on each of the four occasions that they have met.
“I feel like these streaks just happen,” said Federer. “You can’t plan for them anyway because one point can change the outcome of a set.
“Of course, if you give yourself maximum chances, you’re playing well, you have super focus, then these streaks are kind of possible.
“I’m equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets. That it happened to be in straights, it helps me for the season and to save energy for the rest of the tournament.”
Many sports fans will be hoping that Federer manages to maintain his solid form all the way to the bitter end of the tournament, with fears that the Wimbledon men’s final may clash with the FIFA World Cup final in Russia.
“I’m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on,” Federer joked.
“They’ll hear every point, Wow, love-15, 15-30. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what’s going on at Wimbledon.”