wimbledon men semifinals trivia and statistics


With the men’s semifinals being played today at Wimbledon, we have decided to put up some trivia and stats about the Wimbledon semi finals from the past. If you like this and would like to see more statistics about Wimbledon then please head over to DB4Tennis – The most comprehensive Tennis Grand Slam Online Database

Are you looking forward to Richard Gasquet versus Novak Djokovic or are you waiting for Roger Federer versus Andy Murray?


Wimbledon men semifinals trivia and statistics

  • A No. 21 seed* never advanced and played in the Semifinals of Wimbledon Championships in men’s singles category;
    (*Since 1927, it was used an 8-seeded-player system, since 1968 they seeded 16 players and finally since ‘01, 32 players were seeded.)
  • This is the 2nd time in the Wimbledon history that a semifinal was formed by a Serbian (or former Yugoslavian), a French, a Swiss and a British player! (In 2012 was the same nation-format with Djokovic-Federer-Murray-Tsonga.)
  • In the Open-era, it happened 10 times that all 4 members of the semifinal in Wimbledon coming from the same continent (Europe)!
Year Players / Nations
1986 Lendl (TCH) Zivojinovic (YUG) Becker (FRG) Leconte (FRA)
1988 Lendl (TCH) Becker (FRG) Edberg (SWE) Mecir (TCH)
1990 Lendl (TCH) Edberg (SWE) Ivanisevic (YUG) Becker (FRG)
2006 Federer (SUI) Bjorkman (SWE) Baghdatis (CYP) Nadal (SPA)
2007 Federer (SUI) Gasquet (FRA) Djokovic (SRB) Nadal (SPA)
2008 Safin (RUS) Federer (SUI) Schuettler (GER) Nadal (SPA)
2010 Berdych (TCH) Djokovic (SRB) Nadal (SPA) Murray (GBR)
2011 Nadal (SPA) Murray (GBR) Tsonga (FRA) Djokovic (SRB)
2012 Djokovic (SRB) Federer (SUI) Murray (GBR) Tsonga (FRA)
2015 Djokovic (SRB) Gasquet (FRA) Federer (SUI) Murray (GBR)

Since 2009, for 7 consecutive years ONLY seeded male players advanced into the semifinals in Wimbledon (All-time record in Wimbledon in men’s singles category!)

No. 1 seeded player vs. No.10 or lower seeded players

No.1 seeded male player has a perfect record in the semifinals of Wimbledon in the Open-era against a player who was seeded No.10 or lower (unseeded or qualifier):

Year No. 1 seed             No.10 or lower seeds
2004 Federer (SUI)          GroojeanFRA) No.10
1975 Connors (USA)        Tanner (USA) No.11
2014 Djokovic (SRB)        Dimitrov (BUL) No.11
1998 Sampras (USA)       Henman (GBR) No.12
2007 Federer (SUI)          Gasquet (FRA) No.12
1968 Laver (AUS)            Ashe (USA) No.13

Year No. 1 seed               Qualifiers
1977 Connors (USA)        McEnroe (USA)
2000 Sampras (USA)       Voltchkov (BLR)

Year No. 1 seed             Unseeded Players
1978 Borg (SWE)              Okker (NED)
1980 Borg (SWE)              Gottfried (USA)
1982 McEnroe (USA)         Mayotte (USA)
1984 McEnroe (USA)         Cash (AUS)
1986 Lendl (TCH)               Zivojinovic (YUG)
1997 Sampras (USA)         Woodbridge (AUS)
2006 Federer (SUI)             Bjorkman (SWE)
2008 Federer (SUI)             Safin (RUS)

When No. 2 seeded player meets No.3…

In the Open-era, it happened 9 times when No.2 seeded male player met No. 3 seeded player in the semifinals of Wimbledon. At the first 6 meetings, always the No. 2 seeded player won, but since 1984 every match-up was won by the No.3 seeded players! Last time 14 years ago…

Year No. 2 seeded player         No. 3 seeded player
1971 Newcombe (AUS)          Rosewall (AUS)
1972 Nastase (ROU)               Orantes (SPA)
1973 Kodes (TCH)                  Taylor (GBR)
1978 Connors (USA)              Gerulaitis (USA)
1980 McEnroe (USA)              Connors (USA)
1983 McEnroe (USA)              Lendl (TCH)
1984 Lendl (TCH)                    Connors (USA)
1993 Edberg (SWE)                Courier (USA)
2001 Agassi (USA)                 Rafter (AUS)

(winners’ names are in bold)

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