Roger Federer is a Swiss former professional tennis player.
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Roger Federer is a Swiss former professional tennis player.
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Federer was ranked world No 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals for 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks, and finished as the year-end No 1 five times.
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Federer won 103 ATP singles titles, the second most of all time, including 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a record eight men's singles Wimbledon titles, an Open Era record-tying five men's singles US Open titles, and a record six year-end championships.
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Federer won three of the four majors and the ATP Finals in 2004,2006, and 2007 as well as five consecutive titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
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Federer completed the career Grand Slam at the 2009 French Open after three consecutive runner-up finishes to Nadal, his main rival until 2010.
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At the 2018 Australian Open, Federer became the first man to win 20 major singles titles and shortly the oldest ATP world No 1 at age 36.
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Versatile all-court player, Federer's perceived effortlessness has made him highly popular among tennis fans.
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Federer has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times.
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Federer is routinely one of the top ten highest-paid athletes in any sport and ranked first among all athletes with $100 million in endorsement income in 2020.
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Federer has one sibling, his older sister, Diana, the mother of twins.
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Since Federer's mother is South African, he holds both Swiss and South African citizenship.
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Federer grew up in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen, and then Munchenstein, close to the French and German borders, and speaks Swiss German, Standard German, English, and French fluently as well as functional Italian and Swedish.
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Federer was a ball boy at his hometown Basel tournament, the Swiss Indoors in 1992 and 1993.
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Federer grew up supporting FC Basel and the Swiss national football team.
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Federer played his first junior match in 1996 at the age of 14 at a grade 2 tournament in Switzerland.
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Federer made his ATP debut at the 1998 Swiss Open Gstaad in his home country of Switzerland losing to Lucas Arnold Ker in the first round.
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Federer got a wildcard into the 1998 Swiss Indoors and lost in the first round to 4th seed and former world number 1 Andre Agassi.
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Federer finished his career as a 10-time champion of the tournament.
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Federer entered the top 100 ranking for the first time on 20 September 1999 and started at the 1999 Marseille Open defeating the reigning champion of the 1998 French Open, Spaniard Carlos Moya.
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In 2001, Federer made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open, losing to former world No 2 and eventual finalist Alex Corretja.
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Federer's run to the French quarterfinals launched him into the top 15 for the first time in his career.
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Federer beat the No 1 seed in a five-set match to reach the quarterfinals.
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Federer won his first Master Series event at the 2002 Hamburg Masters on clay, over Marat Safin; the victory put him in the top 10 for the first time.
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Federer made 10 singles finals between 1998 and 2002, of which he won four and lost six.
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Federer finished 2001 with an ATP ranking of No 13, and 2002 was the first year he was ranked within the top 10, finishing at No 6.
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Federer then won his second Wimbledon crown over Andy Roddick.
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At the US Open, Federer defeated the 2001 champion, Lleyton Hewitt, for his first title there.
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Federer took the ATP 500 series event at Dubai and wrapped up the year by winning the year-end championships for the second time.
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Federer won his first tournament on home soil by capturing the Swiss Open in Gstaad.
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Federer reached the year-end No 1 ranking for the first time.
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In 2005, Federer failed to reach the finals of the first two Grand Slam tournaments, losing the Australian Open semifinal to eventual champion Safin after holding match points, and the French Open semifinal to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
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However, Federer reestablished his dominance on grass, winning Wimbledon for a third time by defeating Andy Roddick.
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At the US Open, Federer defeated Andre Agassi in the latter's last major final.
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Federer recovered from two sets and a break down to take the final in five sets.
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Federer maintained his position as No 1 for the entire season.
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Federer reached the finals in an astounding 16 of the 17 tournaments he entered during the season.
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In 2006, Federer won three Grand Slam singles titles and reached the final of the other, with the only loss coming against Nadal in the French Open.
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Federer was the first man to reach all four finals in a calendar year since Rod Laver in 1969.
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Federer won one ATP 500 series event in Tokyo and captured the year-end championships for the third time in his career, again finishing the year as world No 1.
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Federer finished the season on a 29-match winning streak, as well as winning 48 of his last 49 matches after the French Open.
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In 2007, Federer reached all four Grand Slam singles finals, winning three of them again.
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Federer won the Australian Open without dropping a set, beating Fernando Gonzalez in the final.
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Federer had entered the year on a huge winning streak and after capturing his fourth Dubai crown Federer's winning streak stood at 41 matches, the longest of his career and only five shy of the record.
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Federer entered Indian Wells as the three-time defending champion, but his streak ended in controversy.
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Federer was defeated by an Argentine, Guillermo Canas, who had failed a drug test for illegal doping.
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Federer turned the match around from a set down to sweep 12 of the final 14 games, including a final set bagel.
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At the French Open, some anticipated that Federer could become the first man in almost 40 years to hold all four majors simultaneously, having just resoundingly defeated young rival Nadal on clay entering the tournament.
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At Wimbledon Federer entered the tournament not only as the four-time defending champion, but riding a 48-match winning streak on grass.
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Federer rebounded in Cincinnati to capture his fifth title of the year.
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Federer entered the US Open as the three-time defending champion and faced Djokovic in the final.
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Federer finished the season as the year-end No 1 for the fourth year in a row, demonstrating his dominance, and during these four years he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles.
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In 2008, Federer captured one Grand Slam, a singles title at the US Open over Andy Murray.
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Federer was defeated by Nadal in two Grand Slam finals, the French Open and Wimbledon, which was regarded as the best match of tennis history by many, when he was going for six straight wins to break Bjorn Borg's record.
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Federer came back from two sets down to force a fifth set, where he fell just two points from the title.
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At the Australian Open Federer lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Djokovic, which ended his record of 10 consecutive finals.
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Federer captured three titles playing in 250-level events at Estoril, Halle, and Basel.
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However, Federer could reach only the quarterfinals in the singles draw, bowing out to then No 8 James Blake, ceding his No 1 ranking to Nadal after being at the top for a record 237 consecutive weeks.
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Federer entered the 2009 season with 13 Grand Slams, only one behind Pete Sampras' all-time record.
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Federer struggled following the defeat in Melbourne and entered the clay season without a title.
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Federer entered the French Open with few predicting him to win the elusive Parisian title having lost to Nadal in the final weekend for the past four seasons.
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Federer fought back from a two-sets-to-one deficit against a young Juan Martin del Potro to win a five setter in the semifinals.
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Federer turned his sights to the grass courts of Wimbledon, where he breezed his way up to the final.
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Federer was defeated by del Potro in the final despite leading two sets to one and falling just two points from the title in the fourth set.
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Federer finished the season as the year-end No 1 for the fifth time in his career.
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Federer started the year with a win at the Australian Open, where he defeated Andy Murray in the final, extending the Grand Slam singles record to sixteen titles and matching Andre Agassi's record of four Australian Open titles.
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Since Wimbledon 2005 Federer had made 18 out of 19 finals in Grand Slam tournaments, a period of sustained excellence unparalleled in the Open Era.
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At the French Open, Federer won his 700th tour match and 150th tour match on clay.
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At the 2010 US Open Federer reached the semifinals, where he lost a five-set match to Novak Djokovic after holding two match points.
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In 2010 Federer finished in the top two for the eighth consecutive season.
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Federer was defeated in straight sets in the semifinals of the 2011 Australian Open by eventual champion Novak Djokovic, marking the first time since July 2003 that he did not hold any of the four major titles.
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At the US Open Federer lost in the semifinals to Novak Djokovic in five sets.
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In September 2011, in a South African poll, Federer was voted the second most trusted and respected person in the world next to Nelson Mandela.
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Federer finished the season successfully in the indoor season, winning his last three tournaments of the year at the Swiss Indoors, Paris Masters, and ATP Finals, forming a 16 match winning streak.
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Federer reached the semifinal of the 2012 Australian Open, setting up a 27th career meeting with Nadal, a match he lost in four sets.
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Federer then won the Rotterdam Open for the first time since 2005, defeating Juan Martin del Potro.
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Federer won the title for a record fourth time, and, in doing so, equalled Nadal's record of 19 ATP Masters titles.
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At Wimbledon, Federer had a five-set match in the third round against Julien Benneteau on his way to the winning the tournament.
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Federer defeated Andy Murray in four sets in the 2012 Wimbledon final, regaining the No 1 ranking in the process.
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Federer made it to the finals of the ATP Finals, where he lost to Djokovic in two sets.
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Federer was unable to maintain his form into Wimbledon, suffering his worst Grand Slam tournament defeat since 2003 in the second round against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
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Federer returned to his regular racquet for the second half of the season.
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Federer made the final in Basel, succumbing to Juan Martin del Potro in three sets, and indicated it was a mistake to have played certain tournaments while suffering from a back injury.
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On 27 December 2013, Federer announced that Stefan Edberg was joining his team as co-coach with Severin Luthi.
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Federer began the season by changing rackets for the first time in his career, from his longtime frame of 90 square inches to one measured at 97 square inches.
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Federer made the final at the Indian Wells Masters, but lost to Novak Djokovic in a final-set tiebreaker.
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In June, Federer announced that after the end of his third term, he would resign as President of the ATP Players Council, a position he had held since 2008.
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At the Halle Open, Federer reached both the singles and the doubles finals and won his seventh Halle singles title, beating Alejandro Falla in the final.
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At Wimbledon, Federer reached a record ninth final, but he was defeated by Djokovic in an epic five-set match.
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Federer made the final of the Canadian Open but was defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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Federer then reached the semifinals at the US Open but lost in straight sets to eventual champion Marin Cilic.
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Federer beat Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, ending the Serb's 28-match unbeaten run on Chinese soil.
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Additionally, Federer became the fourth person since 1991 to surpass 9,000 career aces.
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Federer won his third title of the season at the inaugural Istanbul Open clay-court tournament, ending a title drought on red clay since the 2009 French Open.
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In December, Federer announced that he would enter the 2016 ATP Tour season with a new-look coaching team, having additionally announced that Stefan Edberg would not be travelling with him next year.
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Federer revealed that Edberg originally signed on to the coaching team for one season only in 2014 but agreed to stay on in 2015.
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Federer started his season in the Brisbane International as the defending champion, despite having a virus when the tournament started.
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Federer made his comeback at the Monte-Carlo Masters, losing in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets.
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Federer then participated in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia where he lost in the third round to Dominic Thiem.
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Federer suffered his first defeat in a Wimbledon semifinal two days later in a five-set loss to Raonic, re-injuring his knee in the fifth set.
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On 26 July, Federer announced that he would miss the 2016 Summer Olympics and the remainder of the 2016 season to fully recover from his knee injury.
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The sudden withdrawal not only implied that 2016 was his first season since 2000 that Federer failed to win a title, but it meant that he would have to drop out of top ten for the first time in fourteen years.
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Federer played in the Hopman Cup and Australian Open in January 2017.
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Federer rebounded the following week by winning a record-extending ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, doing so without the loss of a set.
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Federer became the second man in the Open era to win Wimbledon without dropping a set after Bjorn Borg in 1976.
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Federer moved up to become No 3 in the ATP rankings after the event and qualified for the ATP Finals for a record 15th time.
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However, Federer lost to del Potro in the quarterfinals at the US Open, in a tournament characterized by inconsistent play from Federer, unlike the major portion of the season.
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The tournament was notable for Federer playing doubles teaming with longtime rival Nadal for the first time.
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Federer started his season winning the Hopman Cup partnering with Belinda Bencic.
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At the 2018 Australian Open, Federer reached the final without dropping a set, and successfully defended his title beating Marin Cilic in a five-set final.
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Federer became the first man to win twenty Grand Slam titles.
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Federer beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the final.
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Federer broke the ATP record for the longest span between a player's first and last weeks to attain the No 1 ranking at 14 years and 17 days apart, as well as the most time between two successive reigns at No 1 at 5 years and 106 days.
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Federer announced that he would miss the clay court season, including the French Open, for the second consecutive season.
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Federer then lost the top spot the following week after Nadal won the title at the Italian Open.
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Federer won the tournament, defeating Milos Raonic in the final in straight sets.
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At Wimbledon, Federer was looking to defend his 2017 title and was seeded first at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2012 US Open but lost in the quarterfinals against South African Kevin Anderson in five sets, despite winning the first two sets and having a match point in the third set.
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The loss ended Federer's run of 100 consecutive service holds and 14-match winning streak in Cincinnati.
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Federer entered the US Open as the second seed but was upset by John Millman in the 4th round, citing extreme conditions of heat and humidity that took a toll on his body.
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Federer stated that this injury significantly hindered his play, particularly his forehand, since the Stuttgart Open.
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Federer went on to defend his title with a straight-sets win over Marius Copil in the final, winning his ninth title at the event and his 99th career singles title.
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At the Nitto ATP Finals, Federer lost in straight sets to Alexander Zverev in the semifinal.
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Federer opened his campaign by retaining the Hopman Cup alongside Belinda Bencic, becoming the first player to win the mixed-gender event three times.
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Federer was seeded third at the 2019 Australian Open, entering as the two-time defending champion.
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Critically, Federer was unable to convert any of the twelve break points he held throughout the match, including four set points in the second set.
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Federer then reached the final of the 2019 Indian Wells Masters where he lost to Dominic Thiem in three sets.
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Federer then played at the Italian Open and reached the quarterfinals but was forced to withdraw from his quarterfinal match against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury.
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Federer next played at the French Open for the first time in 4 years and seeded 3rd in the draw.
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Federer managed to avenge his loss to Wawrinka at the same stage of the tournament 4 years ago, winning in 4 sets after 3 hours and 35 minutes.
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Federer then began his grass court season at the Halle Open where he won his tenth title at the event, defeating David Goffin in the final in straight sets.
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Federer then faced Novak Djokovic in the final, against whom he lost in a five set thriller lasting 4 hours and 57 minutes, despite having two championship points on serve in the fifth set.
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Federer then lost the semifinal to Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.
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Federer saved seven match points in his five-set quarterfinal win over Tennys Sandgren.
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Federer then lost his semifinal match to Djokovic in straight sets, having sustained a groin injury earlier in the tournament.
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Federer officially shut down his season to take the necessary time to recover, vowing to return in 2021.
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In January, Federer withdrew from the 2021 Australian Open due to still recovering from knee surgery and strict COVID-19 quarantine measures in Australia.
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Federer won his first ATP match in 14 months against Dan Evans, but lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarterfinals.
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Federer was playing against the 20-year-old for the first time.
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Federer withdrew from the US Open and stated that he would be off the tour for "many months, " but he hoped to make a return to the tour in 2022.
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Federer did not play after Wimbledon 2021, and dropped out of the top 50 on 13 June 2022.
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However, Federer announced that he was set to return to the tour at the 2022 Laver Cup in September.
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Federer made his Olympic debut at Sydney in 2000, where he entered the singles competition.
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Federer did not compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics after taking the rest of the season off after Wimbledon to recover from a knee injury.
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Federer defeated Wimbledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis in the second rubber but dropped the doubles rubber in five sets.
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Federer skipped many ties over the years but often competed in the World Group Playoffs in order for Switzerland to maintain their place in the top division.
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However, a rejuvenated Federer returned the next day to help claim the doubles rubber, which set up a fourth rubber singles tie between Federer and Richard Gasquet.
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Federer played the next year along with his current wife Mirka Vavrinec, but they lost in the round robin stage.
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Federer played at the Hopman Cup again in 2017 with Belinda Bencic.
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Federer won his third and second consecutive Hopman Cup title in 2019 alongside Belinda Bencic.
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Federer has won three Hopman Cup titles, more than any other player.
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Federer founded the Laver Cup, which pits Europe against the rest of the world.
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Federer played his first singles match on day two, when he dispatched Sam Querrey in straight sets.
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Federer and Nadal played each other from 2004 to 2019, and their rivalry is a significant part of both men's careers.
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Federer was ranked No 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks beginning in February 2004.
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At the 2014 Australian Open, Federer reversed that result, defeating Murray in four sets in the quarterfinals.
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Federer met Hewitt at six of the Grand Slam tournaments in which he lifted the trophy, including all five of his triumphs between 2004 and 2005.
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Hewitt and Federer teamed up in the men's doubles at Wimbledon in 1999.
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Federer reversed this trend at the 2003 Masters Cup, where he recorded his first victory, and went on to win 11 of their last 14 meetings.
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Federer defeated Safin in the finals of the 2004 Australian Open to capture his first Australian Open and second Grand Slam tournament title.
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Federer began to turn the tide at the Masters Cup in 2003, when he defeated Agassi in both the round robin and the final.
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Federer was victorious in four sets, claiming the 6th Grand Slam tournament of his career and denying Agassi his 9th.
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The first was in the French Open semifinals, when Federer survived a five-set clash on his way to the only French Open title of his career.
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Federer, however avenged this loss at the Shanghai Masters semifinals, where he beat del Potro in three sets after coming from a set down.
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Federer then went on to win their next eight meetings, before Berdych ended the losing streak in 2010.
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Berdych went on to reach the only Grand Slam final of his career after the Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, ending Federer's run of seven consecutive finals at Wimbledon dating back to 2003.
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The first was in the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters, with Federer winning his first title in Bercy, and the second was in the 2014 Rogers Cup, with Tsonga winning his second Masters title.
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Two of these have been major finals – the 2017 Wimbledon final, which Federer won in straight sets, and the 2018 Australian Open final, which Federer won in five sets.
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Federer is the first men's singles player to have reached ten consecutive Grand Slam tournament finals and a total of 31 Grand Slam finals.
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Federer has earned a men's doubles gold medal, and a men's singles silver medal at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, respectively.
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Federer has spent the second-most time at the top of the ATP rankings.
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Federer holds the record for the most titles at the year-end championships, where only the year-end eight highest-ranked players participate.
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Federer was ranked among the top eight players in the world continuously for 14 years and two weeks — from 14 October 2002 until 31 October 2016, when injuries forced him to skip much of the 2016 season.
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Federer has won the ATP Player of the Year five times, and has been named the ITF World Champion five times.
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Federer has won the ATP Fans' Favourite award a record 18 times consecutively, and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award a record 13 times — both indicative of respect and popularity.
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Federer won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award twice, the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award five times, and the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award once, following his 2017 comeback season.
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Federer is one of the founders, via his management company TEAM8, of the Laver Cup; the annual team tennis tournament which pits Europe against the rest of the world.
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Federer co-founded the tournament in honor of tennis legend Rod Laver and the inaugural edition was played in 2017.
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Federer has huge popularity in the world of sport, and is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, with many players and analysts in the period between 2009 and 2018 considering him to be the greatest player ever.
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Federer has been called the greatest athlete of his generation.
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Federer himself has downplayed these claims, stating in 2012 that it is impossible to compare tennis players from different eras and that past champions are needed to pave the way for future champions.
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For me, Roger Federer is irreplaceable, he's the greatest player of all time when I see the aesthetics, the grace he has on the court.
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Federer has been in 31 major finals, including a record 10 in a row.
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Federer has held the world No 1 spot in the ATP rankings for the second-longest amount of time for a male player, behind Djokovic.
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Federer was ranked No 1 at the age of 36 and has won a record eight Wimbledon titles.
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Federer won five consecutive US Open titles, which is the most in the Open Era.
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Federer has been voted by his peers to receive the tour Sportsmanship Award a record 13 times and voted by tennis fans to receive the ATP Fans' Favorite award for 17 consecutive years.
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Federer has been named the Swiss Sports Personality of the Year a record seven times.
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Federer has been named the ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion five times, and has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, including four consecutive awards from 2005 to 2008.
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Federer is the only person to win the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.
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Federer helped to lead a revival in tennis known by many as the Golden Age, leading to increased interest in the sport and higher revenues for many tennis venues.
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Federer was the first non-American player to appear on the cover of the magazine since Stefan Edberg in 1992.
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Federer again made the cover of Sports Illustrated following his record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title and second Grand Slam of 2017, becoming the first male tennis player to be featured on the cover since himself in 2009.
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Federer participated in a follow-up charity exhibition during the 2010 Indian Wells Masters, which raised $1million.
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In January 2011, Federer took part in Rally for Relief, an exhibition to raise money for the victims of the Queensland floods.
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Three years later, in 2010, Federer was awarded a special edition stamp by Austria's Postal Service.
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Federer got 916 votes, Tell got 316 and Einstein ranked third with 204.
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In January 2017, Federer named the Most Marketable Sports Person for 2016 by researchers of London School of Marketing.
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On 24 November 2017, Federer received an honorary doctorate from his home university, the University of Basel, in recognition of his role in increasing the international reputation of Basel and Switzerland, and for his work for children in Africa through his charitable foundation.
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In December 2019, Federer became the first living person to be celebrated on Swiss coins.
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In 2020, Federer topped Forbes list of the world's highest paid athletes, with $106.
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On 20 July 2020 Federer was featured by Swiss National Museum in their 100-part chronicle of Swiss history and culture.
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An elite athlete, Federer is an all-court, all-around player known for his speed, fluid style of play, and exceptional shot making.
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Federer mainly plays from the baseline but is comfortable at the net, being one of the best volleyers in the game.
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Federer has a powerful, accurate smash and very effectively performs rare elements of professional tennis, such as the backhand smash and skyhook, half-volley, jump smash and an aggressive serve return known affectionately as SABR.
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Federer has great variety with his forehand, able to hit with topspin or pace in opening up the court and going into the forecourt for aggressive volleys.
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Federer plays with a single-handed backhand, which gives him great variety.
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Federer employs the slice, occasionally using it to lure his opponent to the net and deliver a passing shot.
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Federer's serve is difficult to read as he always uses a similar ball toss, regardless of what type of serve he is going to hit and where he aims to hit it, and turns his back to his opponents during his motion.
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Federer is often able to produce big serves on key points in a match.
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Federer is accomplished at serve and volleying, and employed this tactic frequently in his early career.
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Later in his career, Federer added the drop shot to his arsenal and can perform a well-disguised one off both wings.
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Federer sometimes uses a between-the-legs shot, which is colloquially referred to as a "tweener" or "hotdog".
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Federer is one of the top players who employ successfully the "squash shot", when he gets pushed deep and wide on his forehand wing.
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Since Stefan Edberg joined his coaching team at the start of the 2014 season, Federer has played a more offensive game, attacking the net more often, and improved his volley shots.
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The SABR is a unique shot that Federer owns, in the way that he manages to add enough power and placement into the shot, which makes it very difficult, or close to impossible for the opponent to reach it.
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Federer is noted for his cool demeanour and emotional control on the court.
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Federer plays with his signature Wilson Pro Staff RF97 Autograph racquet.
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Federer switched to a bigger custom-built Wilson 90 square inch head racquet in 2003.
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Federer first signed with Nike footwear and apparel in 1994.
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Since 2021, Federer has worn tennis shoes produced by On, a Swiss-based athletic shoe and sports apparel manufacturer in which he became a shareholder in November 2019.
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In May 2020, Federer became the first tennis player to reach the top of Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in the world.
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