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Trivia Wimbledon’15: Final – Men’s singles

It will be the 129th Wimbledon final (2nd most of all-time), the 48th Wimbledon final in the Open-era (most in the Open-era tied with French Open).

Questions before the final:

  • Who will win the 129th (all-time) and 48th (Open-era) Wimbledon Championships?
  • Djokovic will be the FIRST who defends his title since 2007?
  • Djokovic will be the FIRST who defends his title in this decade?
  • Djokovic will be the 20th No.1 seeded player who will win the title in the Open-era?
  • Djokovic will equal his coach’s number of titles in Wimbledon?
  • In 2007 and in 2011, the AO champ won Wimbledon. In 2015 will be the same?
  • The winner will come from the upper or the lower half of the draw?
  • Will Roger Federer be a sole record holder of Wimbledon with 8 titles?
  • Djokovic will be the 5th player in the Open-era who reaches his 200th match wins at Grand Slams?
  • Wimbledon has the lowest match with a retirement in the Open-era (109). It will be the 110th match with a retirement or after 2012 it will be another championship without any retirement?
  • Last year, record-high 80 matches were played with at least one tie-break in Wimbledon. 62,5% of the matches will result again at least one TB?

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Entitled to Defend…

2926 days ago happened LAST TIME when a champion could defend his title (2007, Roger Federer).

Only 20 champions defended the title in Wimbledon (all-time):

1. William Renshaw (GBR) 5 times 1882-86* HOF
2. Pete Sampras (USA) 5 times 1994-95, 1998-2000 HOF
3. Lawrence Doherty (GBR) 4 times 1903-06* HOF
4. Björn Borg (SWE) 4 times 1977-80 HOF
5. Roger Federer (SUI) 4 times 2004-07**
6. Reginald Doherty (GBR) 3 times 1898-1900* HOF
7. Anthony Wilding (NZL) 3 times 1911-13* HOF
8. Fred Perry (GBR) 2 times 1935-36 HOF
9. Rod Laver (AUS) 2 times 1962, 1969 HOF
10. John Hartley (GBR) 1 time 1880*
11. Wilfred Baddeley (GBR) 1 time 1892* HOF
12. Joshua Pim (IRL) 1 time 1894*
13. Arthur Gore (GBR) 1 time 1909* HOF
14. Bill Tilden (USA) 1 time 1921* HOF
15. Don Budge (USA) 1 time 1938 HOF
16. Lew Hoad (AUS) 1 time 1957 HOF
17. Roy Emerson (AUS) 1 time 1965 HOF
18. John Newcombe (AUS) 1 time 1971 HOF
19. John McEnroe (USA) 1 time 1984 HOF
20. Boris Becker (GER) 1 time 1986 HOF

* Challenge Round
* Still active

Only 7 players managed to defend the title in Wimbledon (Open-era):

1. Pete Sampras (USA) 5 times 1994-95, 1998-2000 HOF
2. Björn Borg (SWE) 4 times 1977-80 HOF
3. Roger Federer (SUI) 4 times 2004-07**
4. Rod Laver (AUS) 1 time 1969 HOF
5. John Newcombe (AUS) 1 time 1971 HOF
6. John McEnroe (USA) 1 time 1984 HOF
7. Boris Becker (GER) 1 time 1986 HOF

Title defending in Wimbledon

Since 1880 in Wimbledon, there was at least one player in each decade who defended successfully his title, except the 1940s (between1940-45 there was no competition due to WWII).
Djokovic will be the FIRST champion who defends his title in this decade in Wimbledon?
Djokovic was able to defend his title (2012-13) ONLY in Melbourne during his career.


Djokovic’s Double Shift

If Djokovic wins in Melbourne, there is 50% chance to reach at least the final in Wimbledon and 25% chance to win the title in the same year.
If the Serb wins the AO title, there is 75% chance to reach the semifinal in Wimbledon in the same year (except in 2008).
If he is seeded No. 1 or No. 2 in Wimbledon, there is 100% to reach the semi-final.
(In 2010, he was seeded No. 3 and in 2007 as No. 4, and he also reached the semifinals.)

Year Australian Open Wimbledon
2008 Champion R64
2011 Champion Champion
2012 Champion Semifinal
2013 Champion Runner-up
2015 Champion ???

In 2007 (Federer) and in 2011 (Djokovic), the Aussie Open champ won Wimbledon.
In 2015, it will happen again?

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Following The Coach…

If Djokovic wins, he will equal his coach’s number of titles in Wimbledon…
If Federer wins, the number of championships of Edberg-Federer combo will be doubled than the Becker-Djokovic. Becker and Djokovic reached 15 semifinals together like Edberg and Federer…

Champion Finals Runner-up Semifinal
Boris Becker (FRG, GER) 3 7 4 9
Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2 3 1 7
TOTAL 5 10 5 16
Champions Finals Runner-up Semifinal
Stefan Edberg (SWE) 2 3 1 6
Roger Federer (SUI) 7 9 2 10
TOTAL 9 12 3 16

Roger’s Wait’ for 8…

Will Roger Federer be a sole record holder of Wimbledon with 8 titles?

The most titles at the same Grand Slam of all-time:

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9 Roland Garros*
2. Max Decugis (FRA) 8 Roland Garros
3. Willie Renshaw (GBR) 7 Wimbledon
Pete Sampras (USA) 7 Wimbledon
Roger Federer (SUI) 7 Wimbledon*
Richard Sears (USA) 7 US Open
William Larned (USA) 7 US Open
Bill Tilden (USA) 7 US Open

*Still active

Federer’s opponents in Wimbledon by countries (1999-2015) until this year’s final : 28 different nations

11 times FRA
10 times ESP
7 times USA
6 times RUS
5 times CRO, SWE, AUS, GBR
4 times GER
3 times SRB, CZE, BEL, COL
2 times AUT, ARG, ITA
1 time UKR, KOR, NED, CHI, SVK, TPE, KAZ, ROU, LUX, SUI, CAN, BIH

Roger Federer NEVER played against African, Japanese and Central American players in Wimbledon.
ONLY European players beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon.

Federer reached his 10th Wimbledon final equaling Bill Tilden’s all-time record.

Finals @ GSs Champion Runner-up
Bill Tilden 10 (1918-1929)
US Nationals
7 3
Roger Federer
10 (2003-2015)
Wimbledon
7 2
Rafael Nadal
9 (2005-2014)
Roland Garros
9 0

Seeds and draw

In the Open-era, 19 times of 47 years, the No.1 seeded player won the title in Wimbledon.

Decades How many times Year(s)
’60s    2 times 1968-69
’70s    3 times 1972,’78-79
’80s    2 times 1980,1984
’90s    5 times 1993-94,’97-99
2000s    6 times ’00,’02,’04-07
2010s    1 time 2014

In the Open-era, the champion is coming

28 times from the UPPER HALF of the draw      (Last time in 2014)

and

19 times from the LOWER HALF of the draw.    (Last time in 2013)