Saturday, June 15, 2013

Federer Will Attempt to Tie John McEnroe with 77th Title on Sunday in Halle

(June 15, 2013)--Much has been made of Roger Federer's lack of a title in 2013, but that talk could die down if the Swiss maestro gets his 77th career title in Halle when he faces Mikhail Youzhny in the final of the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday.

The odds are certainly in favor of Federer, given that he's compiled a 14-0 career record against Youzhny since the pair first met in Stockholm in 2000.

Federer, into his 8th consecutive Halle final, will bid for his 6th title at the event. More importantly, the man they call the GOAT will be bidding to tie John McEnroe for third on the ATP's all-time title list with 77.

Here's a look at the ATP's top five, all-time:

1. Jimmy Connors, 109
2. Ivan Lendl, 94
3. John McEnroe, 77
4. Roger Federer, 76
5. Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, 64.

Is the record on Federer's mind right now? He was asked that earlier in the week. Here's what he had to say:

Q: You have won 76 titles. Is it an additional motivation to break McEnroe’s record?

FEDERER: And then I will have to win another 70 doubles titles (laughs). Of course it’s a motivation but I cannot think of McEnroe’s record before I’ve even played my first point here. That would be wrong. McEnroe has done a lot for the sports on and off the court and as commentator. I hope that I will break his record one day. It could be sooner or later.

Odds are that it will happen sooner, but with Lendl at 94 titles and Connors at 109, Federer may have climbed as far as he can on this list...