Roger Federer has decided to hang up his golden boots as he bids goodbye to his professional tennis career after the Laver Cup this year. The first men’s player to win 20 grand slam titles, Federer will be remembered for his peerless presence on the court and all round game. Here are some key dates in the career of Roger Federer who announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday:
1998 – Ranked 702, makes ATP debut in Gstaad, loses to Argentina’s Lucas Arnold Ker in straight sets.
2000 – Reaches first ATP final in Marseille where he loses to compatriot Marc Rosset and also in his native Basel where Thomas Enqvist wins in five sets.
2001 – Wins first ATP title in Milan but the highlight of the year is defeating Pete Sampras in five sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Center Court. The win ends Sampras’ 31-match winning streak at the All England Club.
2002 – Wins first Masters title in Hamburg and later in Vienna where he dedicates victory to his first coach Peter Carter, who died in a car accident two months earlier.
2003 – Wins first Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon where he beats Andy Roddick in the semi-finals and Mark Philippoussis in the final. Ends year with 78 match wins.
2004 – Opens the year with the Australian Open title and ascends to the top ranking for the first time on February 2. Loses to Rafael Nadal in Miami in the pair’s first meeting. Defends Wimbledon title with victory over Roddick and claims maiden US Open by beating Lleyton Hewitt.
2005 – Finishes number one for the second straight year with 11 titles, including two Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the US Open. First player since Don Budge in 1937-38 to win Wimbledon and US Open in back-to-back years.
2006 – Finishes world number one for the third straight year highlighted by an ATP-best 12 titles, including three Grand Slam crowns at Australia, Wimbledon and New York. Wins four more Masters. Also first player to reach all four Grand Slam finals in a year since Rod Laver in 1969. At Monte Carlo, meets Novak Djokovic for the first time and wins round of 64 clash.
2007 – Ends season as number one for a fourth straight year, wins eight titles and three Grand Slams at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Defeats Nadal in the Hamburg final for the first time on clay to break his rival’s 81-match winning streak on clay.
But at Roland Garros, he lost in four sets for the second straight year to Nadal.
2008 – Wins fifth straight US Open but each of his runner-up showings came against Nadal at Monte Carlo, Hamburg, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in an epic final which went to 9-7 in the final set.
Wins Olympic doubles gold medal in Beijing with Stan Wawrinka.
2009 – Federer wins Roland Garros for the first time, becoming the sixth man to win all four Grand Slam titles in his career. Then he went on to claim a 15th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, where he collected his sixth crown.
Prior to the claycourt season, he married Mirka Vavrinec in his hometown of Basel.
At the US Open, where he is five-time champion, he becomes the first player to surpass $50 million in prize money but loses the final to Juan Martin del Potro.
2010 – Wins 16th major at Australian Open. In June, drops to number two in rankings having been number one for 285 weeks. At Wimbledon, the title defense ends in the quarter-finals at the hands of Tomas Berdych.
2011 – Loses to Djokovic in semi-finals in Australia, then beats the Serb in Roland Garros semis, ending Djokovic’s 43-match winning streak.
Beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Wimbledon quarter-finals and loses again to Djokovic in US Open semi-finals having held two match points.
2012 – Breaks Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks at number one just after defeating Andy Murray for a seventh Wimbledon title.
2013 – Only one title, on grass at Halle and ends the year at sixth in the world.
Made semis at Australian Open, last-eight at Roland Garros before suffering an embarrassing second round loss at Wimbledon to world 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Fourth round loss at the US Open is the earliest exit in New York in 10 years.
2014 – Wins first Davis Cup title for Switzerland with a 3-1 victory over France in the final. Loses to Nadal in Australian Open semis. At Roland Garros, he lost to Ernests Gulbis in the last-16 and was beaten by Djokovic in the five-set Wimbledon final.
2015 – Wins six titles but loses five finals all to Djokovic at Indian Wells, Rome, Wimbledon, US Open and World Tour Finals.
His win in the Brisbane final was his 1,000th career victory.
2016 – Fails to win title for the first time since 2000 and season compromised by left knee surgery in February which limits him to just seven tournaments.
2017 – Wins 18th and 19th Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
In Melbourne, he became the second oldest Grand Slam champion at 35 behind Ken Rosewall at the 1971 and 1972 Australian Open.
2018 – Becomes oldest world number one in 45-year history of rankings at age 36 in February.
Extends Grand Slam title collection to 20 with victory over Marin Cilic in Australian Open final.
Loses in Wimbledon quarter-finals to Kevin Anderson despite holding match point.
2019 – Loses epic five-set Wimbledon final to Djokovic despite holding two championship points.
Just three minutes short of five hours, it’s the longest final in the tournament’s history and decided in a final set tiebreak.
2020 – Reaches 15th Australian Open semi-final where he loses to Djokovic in their 50th meeting having saved seven match points to defeat Tennys Sandgren in last-eight.
Shuts down the season in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic where he undergoes two knee surgeries.
2021 – Withdraws from the French Open after the third round and suffers a shock quarter-final exit at Wimbledon to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics.
2022 – Announces he will retire after the Laver Cup.
“I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.
“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamed, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”
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