Tennis great, Roger Federer in a recent chat claimed that there is a possibility that he has hit two million shots throughout his career, if not two million serves. The Swiss maestro stated that he thinks that if you count all his junior tennis, practice sessions and doubles encounters in addition to his singles matches, he might have struck a tennis ball nearly two million times.
At the moment, Federer will be out of tennis action for a while as he is set to miss the Australian Open. He is still in recovery following a double knee surgery last year. But the World No. 5’s return now seems in sight, as it is being rumored that he will make his comeback at the ATP Qatar Open in the second week of March.
Recently, the Swiss attended a sponsorship event where he was in a zoom conference call with several employees of luxury brand Moet & Chandon. Amidst the interaction, Federer was asked if he thinks he has delivered over two million serves during his life. The Swiss denied the same and pointed out that his shoulder wouldn’t survive such an ordeal. But he seemed quite optimistic about having struck over two million shots overall.
‘Maybe I have hit two million shots’ – Federer
Speaking about the number of shots he might have made, “I have definitely not hit two million serves in my life, I don’t think my shoulder would survive that,” Federer said. “I feel though that maybe I’ve hit two million shots in my life in all the practices and the juniors, doubles, you name it, so maybe I have hit two million shots,” Federer said.
In the event, interestingly since the discussion was about the number of shots that he has hit in comparison to the number of bubbles in a champagne glass, Roger Federer then wondered aloud about the difficulty of counting such minute details.
“But I wonder who the person is who’s counting all the bubbles in the glass – in a slow-motion video and for how long and how difficult that must be, I don’t even know,” he said.
Obviously it is not easy to keep count of Roger’s serves till date. But the Swiss has struck 11,344 aces in his professional career of 1449 matches. He is currently third in the all time list aces served, behind big servers Ivo Karlovic and John Isner.
His counterparts Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both have over 1000 matches to their name, but neither is close to Federer’s tally. Djokovic has served up 5,870 aces in 1083 matches, while Nadal has only managed 3,604 in 1175 matches.