TIMELINE – Roger Federer’s journey to the top of the men’s game | Tennis News

Roger Federer said he would retire from competition tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London. Here is a timeline of the 20 times Grand Slam the champion’s rise to the top of the game:
2001: Burst onto the scene, ending American Pete Sampras’ 31-game winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round before losing in the quarterfinals to Tim Henman.

2002: He became the first Swiss to finish in the top 10 and make the season-ending ATP Finals since Jakob Hlasek was number eight in 1988.
2003: Made his Grand Slam breakthrough the following year at Wimbledon, beating Mark Philippoussis in the final for the first of his eight grass-court majors.
2004 : The Swiss flexed his muscles by winning three major tournaments – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, making him the first man to do so in a season since Mats Wilander in 1988.
He also became the first Open Era player to win his first four Grand Slam finals.

2005: Defended the Wimbledon and US Open titles after failing to reach the final of the first two majors of the year.
2006: Reached all four Grand Slam finals, winning in Australia, Wimbledon and USA among a streak of 12 titles and a win-loss record of 92-5. Finished at the top of the ATP rankings for a third consecutive year.
2007: Became the first player in history to reach all four Grand Slam finals in consecutive years, winning at Melbourne Park, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows.

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2008: Extended his winning streak of at least one Grand Slam title to six consecutive years by winning the US Open crown in a season hampered by illness and injury.
Won an Olympic gold medal in men’s doubles with Stan Wawrinka at the Beijing Games.
2009: Won his only French Open crown after arch-rival Rafa Nadal’s 31-game winning streak at Roland Garros ended in the fourth round. Won his 15th major at Wimbledon, surpassing Sampras’ record.

2010: Started the year by winning the Australian Open for the fourth time before a tough time on the big stage.
2012: Won a record 17th major at Wimbledon and also won the men’s singles silver medal at the 2012 London Games, losing to Andy Murray.
2013: Struggling with a back injury and failed to add to his Grand Slam tally until 2017.

2017: He came back from a six-month injury layoff to win the Australian Open and at 35 became the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title since Australian Ken won Rosewall at Melbourne Park in 1972 aged 37.
He became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times with victory over Marin Cilic in the final.

2018: Won his sixth Australian Open to become only the fourth player after Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or more major singles titles.
The win helped him tie Rod Laver’s record of winning four majors after turning 30.
2022: After several knee operations in recent years, Federer has announced that he will retire from competitive tennis.

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