Federer Hits 10,000th Ace In Wimbledon Opener


The historic achievements keep coming for Roger Federer, even in areas that might not immediately come to mind when you think about the all-time great.

During his first-round match on Tuesday at The Championships, Federer surpassed the 10,000-ace mark against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, joining Goran Ivanisevic and Ivo Karlovic as the only three men who have hit more than 10,000 aces since 1991, when the ATP World Tour began tracking the statistic.

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The milestone moment came at 4-3, 30/30, as Federer caught Dolgopolov leaning left and went out wide for a sliding ace. “It’s surreal,” Federer told ESPN. “It puts me up there with the likes of Ivanisevic and Karlovic, to whom I look up to and think they have the most unbelievable serve.”

Top 10 All-Time Ace Leaders (since ATP began tracking in 1991)

Position Player Aces Matches
1 Ivo Karlovic 12062 619
2 Goran Ivanisevic 10131 731
3 Roger Federer 10004 1294
4 John Isner 9106 523
5 Andy Roddick 9068 776
6 Pete Sampras 8713 792
7 Feliciano Lopez 8520 828
8 Ivan Ljubicic 8121 680
9 Richard Krajicek 7648 606
10 Greg Rusedski 7589 677

Indeed, Federer is in elite company with Karlovic and Ivanisevic, players whose ace tallies were key to their success. Federer, while not an ace machine by any means, has had his share of memorable serving days as well.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion had little trouble during the remainder of his opener, striking 10 aces for the match and advancing after 42 minutes when Dolgopolov retired after 12 games.

Memorable Serving Days From Federer

Year Tournament Opponent Result Score Aces
2009 Wimbledon Roddick, Andy USA W 5-7 7-6 7-6 3-6 16-14 50
2008 Australian Open Tipsarevic, Janko SRB W 6-7 7-6 5-7 6-1 10-8 39
2014 Wimbledon Djokovic, Novak SRB L 7-6 4-6 6-7 7-5 4-6 29
2009 US Open Soderling, Robin SWE W 6-0 6-3 6-7 7-6 28
2016 Wimbledon Cilic, Marin CRO W 6-7 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-3 27
2001 Wimbledon Sampras, Pete USA W 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-7 7-5 25
2002 Australian Open Haas, Tommy GER L 6-7 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-8 25
2008 Wimbledon Nadal, Rafael ESP L 4-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 7-9 25
2011 Mutua Madrid Open Lopez, Feliciano ESP W 7-6 6-7 7-6 25
2014 Wimbledon Muller, Gilles LUX W 6-3 7-5 6-3 25
2016 Australian Open Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR W 6-3 7-5 6-1 25

*Federer’s career ace total does not include results from Davis Cup, the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and the 1999 Basel second round