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ROGER
FEDERER

RANKING
#1
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AGE:
36
BIRTH:
08 Aug 1981
NATION:
Switzerland
POINTS:
8920

1996 - Roger made his pro debut in November at Switzerland 2 Masters, still at the age of 15

1997 - 2 semi-final results at Switzerland 1 Masters on clay and he had a chance to experience the tennis on the highest level, playing qualifying rounds of ATP events in Gstaad and Basel

1998 - A 17-year-old Federer played his first ATP main draw match in Gstaad, just a few days after winning Wimbledon junior crown, and he reached the quarter-final of the ATP event in Toulouse, followed by a title at the Switzerland 2 Masters. With these points, Roger finished the season just outside the Top 300 and he was the youngest player in the year-end Top 400 rankings

1999 - Strong start of the season at indoor tournaments in Heilbronn, Marseille, and Rotterdam, with Grand Slam debut at the Roland Garros. The end of the year brought more good results, with first ATP semi-final in Vienna and the first Challenger crown in Brest, finishing the season as the youngest player inside the Top 100

2000 - 36 ATP wins for the place in the Top 30 at the end of the season. First ATP final in Marseille in February and the last 16 appearance at Roland Garros, still at the age of 18. Roger lost to Arnaud Di Pasquale in the bronze medal match at Sydney Olympics and in a tight home-town final in Basel to Thomas Enqvist in 5 sets

2001 - Another solid season that pushed him closer to the place in the Top 10 after a respectable 49 wins on the Tour. Roger's first ATP title came in Milan in February with another final in Rotterdam a few weeks later. Quarter-final appearance in Miami, Monte Carlo and Roland Garros, his first in Majors, and an amazing triumph over Wimbledon king Pete Sampras, defeating the defending champion in thrilling 5 sets to reach the last 8 at world's most prestigious tournament. He had to miss 6 weeks due to injury and the season was closed with another final in Basel, losing to Tim Henman

2002 - Breakthrough season with 58 wins, 3 titles and cracking the Top 10 for the first time! Roger kicked off the year with a title in Sydney before losing to Tommy Haas at the Australian Open in the 4th round after wasting a match point. Masters 1000 final in Miami before lifting his first title at this level, beating Marat Safin in straight sets in Hamburg. His final ATP crown of the season came in Vienna and a debut at the Masters Cup was also a strong one, passing round robin stage with 3 wins and losing in the semis to world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt, 7-5 in third

2003 - Best season in a career so far, with first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and also first Masters Cup crown in Houston. With 78 wins and 7 titles, Roger finished the year ranked second and he was one of the most consistent competitors on the Tour, playing well on every surface. The first part of the season was highlighted with titles in Marseille, Dubai, and Munich before he stole grass court glory in Halle and at Wimbledon. Federer saved his best tennis for the closing event of the year, conquering Masters Cup with wins over Agassi, Roddick, Nalbandian, and Ferrero

2004 - In one of the best Open era seasons up to that point, Roger carried his momentum from the previous year to achieve some impressive feats, winning 74 out of 80 matches and lifting 11 ATP trophies from as many finals, including 3 Grand Slams! After winning his first Australian Open, Roger became world number 1 on February 1st, staying the undisputed leader of men's tennis for 3 and a half years, and he cemented his positions with titles in Dubai, Indian Wells, and Hamburg. Federer successfully defended his grass titles in Halle and Wimbledon and he went all the way at the US Open for the first time, beating Lleyton Hewitt in a dominant style. Swiss played only 2 events after New York, winning Bangkok and Masters Cup to wrap up the season with 16 straight wins. Roger became the first player in the Open era who celebrated in the first 4 Grand Slam final he entered, and also the first since Mats Wilander in1988 with 3 Grand Slam crowns in a single year

2005 - From one stellar season to another, claiming 81 wins from 85 matches and winning 11 ATP titles, by far the most on the Tour together with his main rival Rafael Nadal. In terms of match winning percentage, this was the finest season on the Tour since John McEnroe in 1984 and he held the number 1 position in every week during the season as the 5th Open era player after Connors, Lendl, Sampras, and Hewitt. For the first time since Don Budge in 1937-38, one player managed to win Wimbledon and US Open in back-to-back seasons, and he also rattled off 35 consecutive wins after a semi-final loss at Roland Garros to Nadal, the longest streak on the Tour since Muster in 1995. It came to an end at Masters Cup where David Nalbandian prevailed in the 5th set tie break, ending Roger's streak of 24 consecutive finals won

2006 - Performing in a league of his own, Roger continued to push the limits, with a personal record of 92 wins in 97 matches and a mind-blowing 12 ATP crowns, including 3 Grand Slams, 4 Masters 1000 events and a Masters Cup! The season would have been even more impressive but Nadal toppled him in 4 finals, including a big one at Roland Garros. Roger became the only Open era player with at least 10 ATP titles in 3 different seasons and the first who played in all 4 Grand Slam finals since Laver in 1969. He competed in 6 consecutive Grand Slam finals, something that was unseen since Laver in 1961-62, and he reached the title match in 16 out of 17 tournaments he entered! After a triumph in Melbourne, Roger was the first player since Sampras in 1993-94 who clinched 3 consecutive Grand Slam titles and he went on to win his 4th straight Wimbledon, joining Borg and Sampras as the 3rd player who achieved that in the Open era. For the first time since Lendl in 1985-87, one player clinched 3 consecutive US Open titles and he closed the season with 29 straight wins after Andy Murray stunned him in the second round of Cincinnati (109-3 on hard courts in the last two seasons). Federer also celebrated in his hometown of Basel for the first time and he notched his third Masters Cup in the last 4 years in Shanghai

2007 - Federer successfully defended all 3 Grand Slam crowns won a year earlier and with 8 titles and 68 wins he spent another season as the world's leading player, joining Connors, McEnroe, and Sampras as the 4th player with 4 year-end number 1 positions. For the first time in history, someone played in all Grand Slam finals in back-to-back seasons (10 in a row up to this point) and he grabbed 8 out of the last 16 Slams he entered. In the last 4 seasons, Roger compiled an outstanding 315-24 record with 42 titles from 51 finals! In February, he broke Connors' record for most consecutive weeks as the world number 1, continuing on his own for another year and a half. In Melbourne, Roger became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 who won a Grand Slam without dropping a set, and after winning a title in Dubai he suffered 2 unexpected losses to Guillermo Canas in Indian Wells and Miami, after winning both events in the past 2 years. In Hamburg, Roger halted Nadal's amazing run on clay, delivering Spaniard's first loss on this surface after 81 wins, and he reached another final in Paris where Rafa took him down in 4 sets. Wimbledon was his holy ground once again, clinching the 5th straight title after a thrilling win over Nadal in the final, and he became the first player since Bill Tilden who captured 4 straight US Open titles, overpowering Novak Djokovic in the title match for already his 12th Major trophy. He ended the season with another Masters Cup trophy and his journey towards the tennis glory looked very certain

2008 - After 4 stellar years, Roger slowed down a little bit in 2008, losing 15 matches and winning just 4 titles, including US Open. Rafael Nadal defeated him in the finals of Monte Carlo, Hamburg, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and Spaniard was ready to replace Roger as the world number 1 in August after 237 weeks that Swiss spent at the top. He won Halle without dropping a serve but Wimbledon slipped from his hands after an outstanding title match against Nadal, acknowledged as one of the greatest matches ever. This was also the first loss for Federer on grass after 65 wins and his first defeat in ATP finals on this surface. Nonetheless, he managed to win a Grand Slam title for the 6th straight year, beating Andy Murray in US Open final, and he was now just 1 title shy of Pete Sampras' record of 14. Roger won the title in front of the home crowd in Basel and he failed to pass the group stage at Masters Cup

2009 - Just like in the previous season, Roger lifted 4 ATP titles but they were all big, conquering Roland Garros for the first time to become the 6th player in history who won all 4 Majors. Also, he followed that with a victory at Wimbledon, and that was his 15th Grand Slam crown, passing Sampras who stayed on 14. He was the year-end leading player for the 5th time in the last 6 years and the first player who wrapped up 7 straight years in Top 2. The season could have been even better but he lost memorable finals at Australian Open to Nadal and US Open to Juan Martin del Potro, also dropping the final of Basel to Novak Djokovic

2010 - Finished the season ranked 2nd behind Nadal and winning 5 ATP titles, including Australian Open, Cincinnati and ATP Finals. His 16th Grand Slam title came in Melbourne against Andy Murray in the final and this was the 8th consecutive season with at least 1 Major, tying the record of Borg and Sampras. Lleyton Hewitt stopped his run of 29 wins in Halle and for the first time since 2002 Roger failed to reach Wimbledon final, dropping the quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych. His title drought came to an end in Cincinnati, becoming the first player since Agassi in 1995-96 who defended this Masters 1000 event, and in New York he wasted 2 match points in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic. Nonetheless, Roger recovered in time to lift titles in Stockholm, Basel and ATP Finals, closing the season with 21 wins in the last 23 matches

2011 - 64 wins and 4 titles were enough to keep Roger in the year-end Top 3 for the 9th straight year, achieving a milestone 70th ATP crown. He played in the quarter-final of all Grand Slams, extending his streak to 30, starting all the way back in Wimbledon 2004, and at Roland Garros he ended Djokovic's 43-match winning streak before losing the final to Nadal. At both Wimbledon and US Open, Federer suffered a huge blow, losing matches after winning the opening 2 sets, something that never happened to him before in Slams. Just like 12 months ago, Roger was the player to beat in the latter part of the season, clinching titles in Basel, Paris and at ATP Finals, closing the year with 17 consecutive wins

2012 - A very strong season, highlighted by Wimbledon crown and 3 Masters 1000 trophies, good enough to finish in the Top 2 for the 9th time in the last 10 years. Following his 7th Wimbledon title, Roger returned to the throne of men's tennis to pass Sampras' record of 286 weeks at the top, and he won 71 matches for the first time since 2006. Still, he had some heartbreaking losses like the one against Murray in the final of the Olympics, and to Djokovic at the ATP Finals

2013 - After 11 seasons finished inside the Top 5, Roger had to settle for the 6th place, winning just 1 ATP title in Halle and collecting 45 wins on the Tour. In Melbourne, Roger advanced to the semis for the 10th consecutive season, also winning his 250th Grand Slam match, losing to Andy Murray in 5 sets. Sergiy Stakhovsky stunned him at Wimbledon in the second round, ending Federer's streak of 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals reached. US Open brought another disappointment, losing to Tommy Robredo in straight sets, in his worst performance in New York in 10 years. Also, Roger couldn't reach a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2002! Del Potro beat him in Basel final, Djokovic in the semis in Paris and Nadal in the battle for the final at ATP Finals

2014 - Federer bounced back to clinch 73 wins and 5 titles from 11 finals, including Cincinnati and Shanghai Masters, and the first Davis Cup crown for Switzerland. The oldest player in the year-end Top 2 since 1973 and the first since Lendl in 1980-1992 who ended in the Top 10 for 13 straight years. Nadal beat him in the semi-final of the Australian Open, in Roger's 13th appearance in the last 4 at this Major in a row, and he passed John McEnroe with his 78th ATP title in Dubai. His 14th ATP title on grass came in Halle and Novak Djokovic stopped him at Wimbledon, beating the Swiss after an epic 5-set battle. He claimed titles at fastest Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati and Shanghai (lost the US Open semis to Cilic in between) and also in Basel after a dominant display against David Goffin. Had to withdraw from the ATP Finals title match vs Djokovic due to back injury and he helped his country to win the first Davis Cup trophy against France in Lille

2015 - For the 12th time in the last 13 years, Roger compiled at least 60 wins, 4 titles and finished the season inside the Top 3. He claimed 4 titles in the first part of the season and added his favorite events at Cincinnati and Basel (7th title in both tournaments) for another high-quality year that once again proved his eternal class and longevity. It could have been even better but Novak Djokovic was there to stop him in 5 big finals, at Indian Wells, Rome, Wimbledon, US Open and ATP Finals! In Brisbane, Roger grabbed his 1000th ATP win against Milos Raonic, becoming only the third player in the Open era with that feat after Connors and Lendl. In Melbourne, Andreas Seppi beat him in the third round for Roger's earliest exit since 2001, and Stan Wawrinka defeated him in the quarter-final at Roland Garros

2016 - Roger played only 7 tournaments and 28 matches, deciding to undergo an arthroscopic left knee surgery in February and to skip the rest of the year after Wimbledon semi-final run. He lost in the final of Brisbane to Raonic and in the semis at the Australian Open to Djokovic, reaching the last 4 for the 12th time and achieving his 300th Grand Slam triumph against Grigor Dimitrov in the third round. In November, he dropped out from the Top 10 for the first time in 14 years and he missed a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 1999 when he opted to skip Roland Garros. In the quarter-final of Wimbledon, Federer came from behind to beat Cilic, saving 3 match points to enter his 11th semi-final of the most prestigious event in the world of tennis, also tying 84 wins of Jimmy Connors

2017 - Roger was ready to charge again after being sidelined for almost 6 months, and he returned in full glory, winning 7 ATP titles and losing just 5 matches on the Tour! In Melbourne, he defeated Nadal in a magnificent final to conquer his 18th Grand Slam, the first in 5 years, and he also won Indian Wells-Miami double for the first time since 2006. At Wimbledon, Federer won all-time record 8th crown, joining Borg as the champion who didn't drop a set in 7 matches. At 35, Roger is the second oldest Grand Slam winner in the Open era after Ken Rosewall in 1972, and also the oldest champion of Masters 1000 event, passing Andre Agassi. After winning the biggest 3 events of the first part of the season, Roger missed the entire clay season in order to prepare for the challenges on grass and he played just 5 tournaments after Wimbledon, winning titles in Shanghai and Basel and losing Montreal final to Alexander Zverev, US Open quarter-final to del Potro and ATP Finals semi-finals to David Goffin

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