On The Court
Made his ATP Debut at Gstaad in 1998, losing to Lucas Arnold Ker in straight sets. His first win came at Toulouse in September 1998 over Guillaume Raoux. He advanced to the quarterfinals at Toulouse and climbed nearly 500 spots in the rankings to No. 396. Made his Davis Cup debut in 1999, going 1-1 for Switzerland against Italy. His Grand Slam debut came at Roland Garros in 1999, losing in four sets in the first round to No. 3 Patrick Rafter. Breached the Top 100 in September of 1999 after reaching the second round at Tashkent. Reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2000, then reached his first ATP final, doing so at Marseille, where he lost to Marc Rosset. Fought through to the fourth round of the French Open to break into the Top 50 for the first time at No. 38. Participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, reaching the bronze medal match but losing to Arnaud Di Pasquale.
Scored his first ATP level title in January 2001, winning Milan including an upset of No. 7 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the semifinals. Joined the Top 20 for the first time by reaching the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo to improve to 18th in the world. Reached the quarterfinals at the French Open, then did likewise at Wimbledon, upending No. 6 Pete Sampras in the fourth round in a five-set, 7-6(7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5 marathon.
Opened 2002 by winning Sydney, then reached the finals at Miami, taking out No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals before losing to Andre Agassi in the finals. Won Hamburg over No. 5 Marat Safin to join the Top 10 for the first time at No. 8. Fell back to 14th before winning Vienna in October to rejoin the Top 10 at No. 7. Qualified for the year-end Tennis Masters Cup and went 3-0 in round-robin play before losing in the semifinals to Hewitt.
First tournament win of 2003 came at Marseille, then added crowns at Dubai and Munich. Won Halle, then made his Grand Slam breakthrough at the All England Club, winning Wimbledon by defeating Mark Philippoussis in straight sets. Rose to No. 3 in the rankings with the victory. Moved to No. 2 after reaching the semifinals at the Rogers Cup and finished the year by winning Vienna and the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, going 5-0 and defeating Agassi for the title.
He began 2004 by winning the Australian Open 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2 over No. 86 Marat Safin, ascending to No. 1 in the world, a ranking he would not give up for more than four years. He won Dubai and Indian Wells back to back, then Hamburg and Halle before repeating at Wimbledon, knocking off No. 2 Andy Roddick in four sets. He followed this with titles at Gstaad and the Rogers Cup. He added a third Grand Slam in 2004 by winning the US Open, dominating Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0. He finished the year on a 17-match win streak, winning Bangkok and the Masters Cup for a 74-6 overall record.
Federer picked up where he left off in 2005, winning Doha and extending his win streak to 27 straight before losing to Safin in the Australian Open semifinals. He won his next four tournaments - Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami before falling in the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo, another consecutive match win streak of 25. He rebounded to win Hamburg, but his first bid at completing the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros was cut short by the fast-rising Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Hardly daunted, Federer won at Halle, then took his third straight Wimbledon, besting Roddick again in the final. He continued to win at a fervent pace, taking the titles at Cincinnati, then the US Open again - defeating Agassi for the title - and Bangkok before finally suffering a five-set loss in the finals of the Tennis Masters Cup. That last win streak was 34 in a row and Federer finished the season at 81-4 with three Grand Slams.
He started 2006 quickly with two more victories - at Dubai and at the Australian Open, taking out surprising finalist Marcos Baghdatis, ranked 54th in the world, in four sets. He took the titles at Indian Wells and Miami, and made the finals at Roland Garros, but was beaten back by Nadal, now ranked No. 2 in the world, in four sets. After winning Halle, Federer took on Nadal in the finals at Wimbledon and became just the third man in Open Era history, joining Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg, to win the Slam four straight years. Never one to rest on his laurels, he went on to win the Rogers Cup and his third straight US Open, the first man to do so since Ivan Lendl in 1985-1987. He finished the year in dazzling fashion, 27 straight wins that started at Flushing Meadows and continued through winning the titles at Tokyo, Madrid, Basel and the Tennis Masters Cup. He finished the year with a gaudy 92-5 record and 12 titles, his career best.
Federer ran his consecutive win streak to 34 by winning the 2007 Australian Open, his third, and 10th total Grand Slam. The streak grew to 39 as he won Dubai before finally ending in the second round at Indian Wells. After beating Nadal on clay to win Hamburg, he fell short against the Spaniard again in the French Open final in four sets. He did not play again until Wimbledon, but won the grass court title for a fifth straight time, tying Borg, with a marathon 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2 win over Nadal. On American soil, he took Cincinnati, then added a fourth straight US Open crown, this time over Novak Djokovic. This gave him 12 career Slams, tying Roy Emerson for second all-time. The four straight US Open titles is a feat unequaled in the Open Era, the last man to win at least four straight at the US Open was Bill Tilden, who won six in a row from 1920-1925. Federer finished the year with victories at Basel and another at the Tennis Masters Cup.
His status as back-to-back champion at the Australian Open fell short at the beginning of 2008 as he lost in the semifinals to Djokovic. He would not win a title until Estoril in mid-April, and lost another French Open final to Nadal, this time in painful 1-6, 3-6, 0-6 fashion. It was the first time Federer had lost a set 0-6 since 1999, when he had been ranked No. 104. He turned things around, winning Halle, but saw his streak of five straight Wimbledon crowns end at the hands of Nadal, who lost the first two sets, then took three straight tie-breaker victories. He fell from the No. 1 spot in the world after the Beijing Olympics, but still came on strong to win the US Open for a fifth straight time, besting Andy Murray. He won Basel, but still finished the year ranked a spot behind Nadal, his first year not ending at No. 1 since 2003.
Federer's first win in 2009 came at Madrid against Nadal. He then completed the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open over Robin Soderling, who had upset Nadal in the fourth round. He carried the momentum to Wimbledon, where he outdueled Roddick 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 16-14, breaking Sampras' record for career Slams with his 15th. He reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world in the process. He won Cincinnati but was shocked by Juan Martin Del Potro in the finals of the US Open, ending his four-year run as champion.
He added his 16th Grand Slam at the beginning of 2010, defeating Murray in the final in straight sets, and only losing two sets during the entire tournament. He did not win another tournament until Cincinnati in August, falling in the quarterfinals of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, dropping back to No. 2 in the world behind Nadal. He picked up the pace at year's end, winning Stockholm and Basel back to back, then defeating Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals. He continued the success into 2011, winning Doha, then lost in the Australian Open semifinals. He did not win another tournament until Basel in early November, then added crowns at Paris and the ATP Tour Finals after briefly dropping to No. 4 in the world. He opened 2012 by winning Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells in succession, all the while ranked third, won Madrid, then returned to the top of the mountain at Wimbledon, knocking off No. 1 Djokovic in the semifinals, then No. 4 Murray in the final, his 17th Grand Slam, returning him to No. 1 in the world. He added a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and also won Cincinnati. He was upset in the quarterfinals of the US Open, then reached the finals at the Barclays, losing to No. 1 Djokovic.
Off the Court
Is the son of Lynette and Robert, and has a sister named Diana. Is involved in several charitable organizations including the Roger FEderer Foundation and UNICEF. Married wife Mirka (Vavrinec) in 2009. The two had met at the 2000 Olympic Games. The pair had twin daughters, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, born on July 23, 2009.
Grand Slam Titles/Finals: 2003: Wimbledon (W)
2004: Australian Open (W); Wimbledon (W); US Open (W)
2005: Wimbledon (W); US Open (W)
2006: Australian Open (W); French Open (L); Wimbledon (W); US Open (W)
2007: Australian Open (W); French Open (L); Wimbledon (W); US Open (W)
2008: French Open (L); Wimbledon (L); US Open (W)
2009: Australian Open (L); French Open (W); Wimbledon (W); US Open (L)
2010: Australian Open (W)
2011: French Open (L)
2012: Wimbledon (W)
Year-End Singles Rankings: 2012: 2