Federer closes in on historic feat: 100th win at Wimbledon

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Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates defeating Italy's Matteo Berrettini in a men's singles match during day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Roger Federer celebrates defeating Matteo Berrettini. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

It could be another landmark day in the historic career of Roger Federer as he prepares to take on Kei Nishikori in a Wimbledon quarter-final.

If he beats the No. 8 seed, Federer will have won his 100th match at SW19.

Twenty years on from his first appearance at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the Swiss ace is now the holder of 18 grand slam singles titles - including a record eight Wimbledon crowns.

By comparison, current world No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic has only won 69 Wimbledon matches. If he wants to match Federer’s record, he’ll need to register enough victories to win Wimbledon five times over.

Federer would become the first male player to achieve the feat, with Rafael Nadal’s 93 wins at the French Open the next highest total.

This makes Martina Navratilova’s accomplishment even more astounding. She has the most number of Wimbledon women’s singles successes, with 120 match wins under her belt.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04:   Roger Federer of Switzerland holding the Champions trophy after winning the Men's Singles Final against Mark Philippoussis of Australia at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon onJuly 4, 2003 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)
The first time Federer lifted the trophy was in 2003. (Simon Bruty/Getty Images)

This particular championships is Federer’s favourite and playing at Centre Court always brings special memories.

In a video about his reflections on his success, he said: “I have a massive memory of 2003 because it was my first one. My first Grand Slam ever, first Wimbledon title.

“I find defending easier than winning my first one. I enjoy being the favourite,” added the 37-year-old.

“My favourite part about playing at Wimbledon is its history and tradition,” he revealed in Vogue’s YouTube series ‘73 Questions with’.

“Playing at Centre Court is a dream come true for every tennis player.”

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