A Look Again At The Finest Seasons Of Roger Federer’s Profession | ATP Tour

With 20 Grand Slam titles and 310 weeks at World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, there is no such thing as a doubt that Roger Federer is among the best tennis gamers of all time. Throughout his almost twenty years on the high of the sport, the Swiss maestro’s seemingly easy model and dominance captivated followers and confounded opponents – as he rewrote the tennis report books many instances over. 

However which of Federer’s many seasons on the high would rank as the most effective of his profession? Wouldn’t it be 2004, 2006 or 2007, when he lifted three Grand Slam titles, or 2005 when he recorded the second-best successful share within the Open Period? What about 2009 when he accomplished the profession Grand Slam at Roland Garros, or 2012 when he surpassed Pete Sampras for many weeks at World No. 1? 

ATPTour.com breaks down seven of the most effective seasons of Federer’s legendary profession, from his large breakout season to his main comeback yr…

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Roger Federer captures his second Wimbledon title in 2004. Photograph by: Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 74-6 (92.5%)
Titles: 11
Grand Slam Titles: 3

After bursting onto the scene by successful Wimbledon, his first main title, in 2003, Federer bolstered his place as a power to be reckoned with only one season later. He turned the primary man to win three Grand Slam singles titles in the identical yr since Mats Wilander in 1998 as he captured trophies on the Australian Open (d. Safin), Wimbledon (d. Roddick) and the US Open (d. Hewitt). 

The Swiss 22-year-old put collectively one of the vital dominant seasons within the Open Period as he amassed a head-turning successful share of 93 (74-6) and rose to World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the primary time (2 February). His trophy rely totalled 11 by the point the yr was executed, and included a second Tennis Masters Cup crown [now Nitto ATP Finals]. 

“It is nonetheless robust to consider as a result of I believe as soon as I calm down, have a while off, on the finish of the yr particularly, I will be trying again considering, ‘How on this planet did I do all this?’ Now, it is just a bit bit a lot,” Federer stated after his win in New York. 

Little did he understand how way more was in retailer…

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Andre Agassi fell sufferer to Federer in 4 units within the 2005 US Open closing. Photograph by: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP through Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 81-4 (95.29%)
Titles: 11
Grand Slam Titles: 2

With 4 Grand Slam titles already to Federer’s title, the tennis world held its breath as 2005 dawned. The query on everybody’s thoughts was, ‘Will he be capable to again it up?’ Seems, there wouldn’t be any want to fret. 

Federer gained 4 ATP Masters 1000 titles, together with the ‘Sunshine Double’ by lifting back-to-back trophies in Indian Wells and Miami. On the Grand Slams, he continued his dominance at Wimbledon, successful his third consecutive Gents’s Singles title (d. Roddick), and added a second US Open (d. Agassi) trophy to his cupboard. 

Federer went 81-4 in 2005, with a successful share of 95.29 as he gained 11 trophies. It was the second-best successful share within the Open Period after John McEnroe’s 96.47 (82-3) season in 1984.

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Six instances Federer has gained the season finale, together with in 2006 in Shanghai. Photograph by: Andrew Wong/Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 92-5 (94.84%)
Titles: 12
Grand Slam Titles: 3

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The World No. 1 Federer solely misplaced to 2 gamers throughout an imperious 2006 season: an on-the-rise Rafael Nadal (4 instances) and 19-year-old Andy Murray (as soon as). He ended the yr with a virtually untouchable successful share of 95 (92-5). Federer reached the ultimate in any respect 4 Grand Slams and gained three, as he added to his legend on the Australian Open (d. Baghdatis), Wimbledon (d. Nadal) and the US Open (d. Roddick). 

He began 2006 on a 16-match win streak and completed the season successful 29 matches in a row, together with a 3rd Nitto ATP Finals title. That undefeated run would proceed into 2007, and whole a career-best 41 consecutive wins.

“I’ve run out of phrases [to describe] myself,” Federer joked after his 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 closing win over James Blake in Shanghai. “I needed to giggle at instances immediately at how nicely I used to be taking part in. At this level in my profession I am so proud of my sport.”

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Federer claims his second consecutive Wimbledon closing win over Rafael Nadal in 2007. Photograph by: Clive Brunskill/Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 68-9 (88.3%)
Titles: 8
Grand Slam Titles: 3

For the second yr in a row, Federer reached the finals in any respect 4 Grand Slams, successful three. He turned the primary participant in historical past to win three majors in a yr thrice (2004, 2006, 2007) as he continued to fend off new faces and youthful challengers. 

Federer defeated Fernando Gonzalez on the Australian Open, Nadal at Wimbledon, and Novak Djokovic on the US Open. He additionally gained the Nitto ATP Finals and two Masters 1000 titles in Hamburg and Cincinnati, an 88 per cent (68-9) win-loss report.

His 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2 victory over Nadal at Wimbledon was an immediate basic, and noticed him equal Bjorn Borg’s report together with his fifth consecutive championship on the All England Membership. The feat additionally prolonged Federer’s grass-court successful streak to 55. He would rack up 65 wins in a row on the floor between 2003 and 2008, the longest grass-court streak within the Open Period.

All of the whereas, Federer remained firmly on the high of the sport. His 237 consecutive weeks on the high of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings (2004-2008) stays an ATP Tour report.

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Mission completed! Federer completes the profession Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2009. Photograph by: Ryan Pierse/Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 61-12 (83.6%)
Titles: 4
Grand Slam Titles: 2

After being denied in three earlier Roland Garros finals, Federer lastly accomplished the profession Grand Slam with a victory over Robin Soderling within the closing in Paris. He turned simply the sixth man in historical past to finish the profession Grand Slam. 

“This might be my greatest victory, the one which takes off essentially the most stress,” Federer quipped afterwards. “Now for the remainder of my profession, I can play relaxed and by no means hear once more that I by no means gained the French Open.”

A number of weeks later, the Swiss as soon as once more made historical past as he lifted the Gents’s Singles title as soon as once more, after defeating Andy Roddick in an epic five-set Wimbledon closing. As Roddick held serve 37 instances in a row, Federer lastly broke by means of within the closing sport to win 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 16-14. It was Federer’s fifteenth Grand Slam singles triumph, breaking Pete Sampras’ all-time report. 

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Federer provides singles silver on the London Olympics to the doubles gold he gained in Beijing. Photograph by: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 71-12 (85.54%)
Titles: 6
Grand Slam Titles: 1

The 2012 season marked an emphatic return to kind for Federer. He gained 86 per cent (71-12) of the matches he performed and gained six tour-level titles – his finest stats in half a decade. 

Federer, who final gained a serious title in 2010, lifted his record-equalling seventh Gents’s Singles trophy (d. Murray) – a record-extending seventeenth Grand Slam crown. Within the course of, he returned to World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, a feat that tied (and in the end surpassed) Pete Sampras’ report for weeks at No. 1 of 286. The Swiss would go on to tally 310 weeks in whole over the course of his profession. 

A month later, he additionally clinched a silver medal on the 2012 London Olympics. After dropping the primary set to Juan Martin del Potro within the semi-finals, Federer outlasted the Argentine in a marathon 3-6, 7-6(5), 19-17 comeback to achieve the ultimate (l. to Murray). It was Federer’s first medal in singles for Switzerland, after beforehand successful gold in doubles (w/ Wawrinka) on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

“It has been a terrific month. I gained Wimbledon, turned World No. 1 once more, and I bought silver,” he mirrored. “I’m very, very proud truthfully to have gained a silver. I had a really emotional event from begin to end.”

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A outstanding comeback season in 2017 begins with the Australian Open title. Photograph by: Quinn Rooney/Getty Pictures

Win-Loss File: 54-5 (91.5%)
Titles: 7
Grand Slam Titles: 2

With a revamped sport, Federer launched into one of the vital spectacular comeback seasons in tennis in 2017. On the age of 35, he gained his first Grand Slam trophy since 2012 on the Australian Open after rallying from a break down within the fifth set in opposition to Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The win made him the oldest Slam champion since Ken Rosewall gained there in 1972 at 37. At his beloved Wimbledon, Federer kicked issues up a notch as he gained his nineteenth Grand Slam title  (d. Cilic) – and did so with out dropping a set. 

Federer didn’t cease there, and he would go on to assert seven titles in 2017, together with three Masters 1000 wins at Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. It was essentially the most trophies he had gained in a decade, and he amassed a 92 per cent (54-5) win-loss report, his finest share since 2006. After beginning the season at No. 17 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings resulting from a knee harm that sidelined him for a lot of 2016, Federer would end 2017 at World No. 2. 

“I knew I might do nice once more perhaps in the future, however not at this stage. You’ll have laughed, too, if I informed you I used to be going to win two Slams this yr,” Federer stated at Wimbledon. “Individuals would not consider me if I stated that. I additionally did not consider that I used to be going to win two this yr.”

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