The unbeatable Federer

Updated: 06 July 2008 12:52 IST

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8, 1981.

The unbeatable Federer

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Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8, 1981. He has been ranked World No 1 since February 2, 2004 - for a record 227 consecutive weeks.

Federer's first ATP tournament victory came in Milan in February 2001. During the same month, he won three matches for his country in its 3 2 Davis Cup victory over the United States.

He later reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, defeating four-time defending champion and seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round in a closely fought match, a victory that many consider to be the turning point of his career.

He won his first Australian Open title by defeating Marat Safin in straight sets. This win helped him succeed Andy Roddick as the World No.1.

Roger Federer holds a number of records in tennis history, the most prominent of which is that he has won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year three times: 2004, 2006, and 2007.

He has surpassed several long-standing records like:

  • Equalling Bjorn Borg's Open Era record of five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles in 2007.

  • Capturing the Open era record of most consecutive US Open titles (four) in 2007.

  • Ranked World No.1 for an ongoing record of 227 consecutive weeks as of June 2, 2008, outlasting Jimmy Connors's record of 160 consecutive weeks as No.1 men's player and Steffi Graf's record of 186 weeks as No.1 singles player in the world.

    Apart from this, Federer has won twelve Grand Slam singles titles (three Australian Open, five Wimbledon, four US Open), four Tennis Masters Cup titles, and fourteen ATP Masters Series titles.

    He also has a storied rivalry with Rafael Nadal.

    Some of the notable wins of Roger Federer are:

  • 2003: Wimbledon beat Mark Philippoussis
  • 2004: Wimbledon beat Andy Roddick
  • 2005: Wimbledon beat Andy Roddick
  • 2006: Wimbledon beat Rafael Nadal
  • 2007: Wimbledon beat Rafael Nadal



  • Topics : Tennis David Ferrer Novak Djokovic Bernard Tomic Rafael Nadal Andy Murray Stanislas Wawrinka Roger Federer
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