Roger Federer clocked up yet another milestone in his illustrious career, surpassing Goran Ivanisevic’s Wimbledon ace record during Friday’s semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner needed just seven more aces going into the match to overtake Ivanisevic’s tally of 1397 – a figure which has been the benchmark ever since the Croatian’s last appearance at the All England Club back in 2004.
Federer only needed little over half an hour to claim the ace crown, recording his seventh ace of the match – and 49th of the tournament – during his fifth service game of the first set.
Most ever aces at Wimbledon
1398 – Roger Federer
1397 – Goran Ivanisevic
1095 – Pete Sampras
936 – Andy Roddick
912 – Mark Philippoussis
It takes his tally to an incredible 1398, more than any other player has managed, and he will expect to add to that total before the semi-final with Nadal is over.
Federer started the match with serious intent, serving an ace on the very first point, though his Spanish opponent was no slouch either, holding to love in two of his first three service games – serving an ace in each.
Interestingly, Federer’s serving stats are actually way down compared to the last time he faced Nadal at Wimbledon back in 2008, when he fired out 109 aces – though that figure includes their epic final.
Going into this year’s semi, Nadal had actually served more aces – 47 compared to 42 – and had the higher percentage of first serve points won.
While Federer may have claimed Ivanisevic’s total aces record, the former Wimbledon wildcard champ still holds the record for the most aces served in a single tournament – 212 during his famous win back in 2001.
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