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Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

Roger currently has 89. Coach Ivan Lendl is currently #2 with 94. Jimmy Connors is #1 with 109.

Assuming no injuries that cause him to need time away from the tour this year, do you think 35-36 year old Roger will do it (vote head not heart)?
Why or why not?

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I could see him possibly winning Dubai, Stuttgart, Halle, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, Basel....that would put him over Lendl.
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

I don't think so. 5 is a lot, and I can see him skipping some smaller tournaments this year. Most likely he'll get it next year, assuming he's healthy and fit.

If he plays until 2018, there is also a chance he'll give a push for Connor's record, I'm sure that's what he aims to achieve when he's not capable of winning slams anymore. That would make him the record holder of both most GS titles and most titles. GOAT.

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Lol no.
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Probably not in 2017, but if he plays on in 2018 (or even 2019, as his new contract with Basel suggests), he will likely reach Lendl's number.
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

At that level, it's not how many titles you win (Connors won a lot of small tourneys) but which ones. As long as Fed has the lead in GS titles, all's good - no sense in knocking himself out to win anything but GSs. Maybe he should take more breaks seeing as how the last one worked out.
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I'd rather have him surpass the 20 slams mark.
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I can see him winning Dubai, Stuttgurt, Halle, Wimbledon, Cincinatti, Shanghai, Basel and WTF this year. Out of those 8 events, I think he will win at least 4 which would put him on 93 titles. i think he will just fall short this year but next season he will surpass Ivan probably.
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If he wants to vulture (250's) he can get above 100 mark with no problems in 2 years time.
But i think he doesn't give a f*ck

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94 by next year with more quality tournaments. I just see fed playing Dubai, basel, 3 masters one in each surface and GS and possibly WTF.
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

It's totally possible.
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

It's possible but I always err on the pessimistic side with Roger, that way I'm always wowed. He needs 6 titles to actually overtake Lendl but there are only three tournaments you would say he is the out and out favourite to win from the start: Stuttgart, Halle and Basel. Even at the first two there are chances he could be upset by Zverev (Alexander), Goffin, Thiem, people like that. So then, assuming he wins those three, he has a chance to win any of Dubai, IW, Wimbledon, Rogers Cup, US Open, Shanghai, Paris (if he entered) Cincinnati, WTF. These are less likely and much more difficult to win.

So it's entirely possible but I would expect him to finish more around the 92 mark.
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

He can easily grab five more titles to match the #2 record. That's pretty much out of the question.

Connors' record does seem a bit out of reach to be honest, but Roger might as well go full Thiem mode and vulture some 250's

(I can only imagine a Federer-Berlocq Buenos Aires final, the true clash of kings)
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

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I can see him winning Dubai, Stuttgurt, Halle, Wimbledon, Cincinatti, Shanghai, Basel and WTF this year. Out of those 8 events, I think he will win at least 4 which would put him on 93 titles. i think he will just fall short this year but next season he will surpass Ivan probably.
That scenario would be a wet dream for his fans. I understand the optimism but could see a letdown instead after this huge career win he's just had.
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Re: Will Federer reach #2 on the Open Era Titles list in 2017?

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It's possible but I always err on the pessimistic side with Roger, that way I'm always wowed. He needs 6 titles to actually overtake Lendl but there are only three tournaments you would say he is the out and out favourite to win from the start: Stuttgart, Halle and Basel. Even at the first two there are chances he could be upset by Zverev (Alexander), Goffin, Thiem, people like that. So then, assuming he wins those three, he has a chance to win any of Dubai, IW, Wimbledon, Rogers Cup, US Open, Shanghai, Paris (if he entered) Cincinnati, WTF. These are less likely and much more difficult to win.

So it's entirely possible but I would expect him to finish more around the 92 mark.
Goffin or Thiem upset him on grass?
Highly unlikely.

He can be upset by big hitters with big serves on grass, as almost all his loses on the surface suggest (Raonic, Tsonga, the Stakhovsky incident). Without considering Nole or Andy, they obviously can upset him.

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