Grass Court History: Roger Federer has won seven Wimbledon championships, the first in 2003. He won five consecutive titles from 2003-2007—then won the title again in 2009 against Andy Roddick and again in 2012, defeating Andy Murray. He also reached the final in 2008, losing to Rafael Nadal, who stopped Federer from surpassing Bjorn Borg’s record of five consecutive titles. A record six wins in a row would have given the modern record to Federer.
He has won 66 matches at Wimbledon, losing only seven, for a phenomenal winning percentage of 90.41. He first participated in 1999 and has appeared in 14 consecutive Wimbledon tournaments.
Throughout his career, Federer has won 121 grass court matches, losing 17, for an overall winning percentage on grass of 87.7. He owns 13 grass court titles, including seven Wimbledon Championships and six from Halle at the Gerry Weber Open.
Probability: Federer currently sits at a little over 5-1 odds of winning it all again in 2013. The owner of seven titles at this event, chances are that Federer knows how to win on grass and is, no doubt, the greatest player on grass in the history of the game. Wimbledon is by far his favorite of the Grand Slam events—where he won his first major title in 2003. Sitting with 17 Grand Slam wins, Federer will be reaching for No. 18 at this year’s tournament, inspired by his recent win at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Federer remains one of the favorites.
Areas of Concern: After winning six titles in 2012, Federer just managed to win his first title of the season last week in Halle. His back was a major problem for him most of the clay court season, bothering him since early in the year. Has he returned to full health? His prowess at the Gerry Weber Open seemed to indicate he has. Although Federer can still produce magic on the court, there are matches when his game seems to desert him, leaving him indecisive and a step slow. This inconsistency has crept into his game in 2013—perhaps the product of a lingering injury or something else. It is of concern for Federer’s fans and his entourage. Regardless, Federer will be ready to compete full out, as always.