After the Laver Cup in London the next week, Roger Federer announced that he will stop playing competitive tennis. Know the facts about him. The following timeline illustrates the 20-time Grand Slam victor’s ascent to the pinnacle of the sport:
Suddenly became popular in 2001, snapping American Pete Sampras’ 31-match winning run at Wimbledon in the fourth round before falling to Tim Henman in the quarterfinals.
2002: Became the first Swiss man to place in the top 10 and play in the ATP Finals since Jakob Hlasek, who reached that position in 1988 at number eight.
2003: Attended Wimbledon the next year and won his first of eight Wimbledon championships by defeating Mark Philippoussis in the final.
2004: The Swiss flashed his biceps by winning three major tournaments, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. Mats Wilander had last accomplished this feat in 1988. He also made history by being the first player to win his first four Grand Slam finals in the Open Era.
2005: After failing to make it past the semifinals in the first two major tournaments of the year, defended his Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships. All four Grand Slam finals were reached in 2006, and among the 12 championships and 92-5 win-loss record were victories in Australia, Wimbledon, and the United States. third year in a row at the top of the ATP rankings.
2007: Won at Melbourne Park, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadows to become the first player in history to advance to back-to-back Grand Slam finals.
2008: In a season marred by sickness and injuries, he won the U.S. Open, extending his streak of six years in a row with at least one Grand Slam victory. teamed up with Stan Wawrinka to win the Olympic men’s doubles gold medal in the Beijing Games.
In 2009, after his fierce opponent Rafa Nadal’s 31-match winning run at Roland Garros came to an end in the fourth round, he won his sole French Open title. In Wimbledon, he won his 15th major, breaking Sampras’ previous record.
2010: The year began with a fourth Australian Open victory before a dry stretch on the major stage.
2012: Beat Andy Murray to win the silver medal in men’s singles at the London Olympics while simultaneously winning a record-extending 17th major at Wimbledon.
He struggled with a back ailment in 2013 and didn’t add to his total of Grand Slams until 2017.
2017: Won the Australian Open after a six-month injury layoff, becoming the oldest player to win a Grand Slam at age 35 since Australia’s Ken Rosewall, who triumphed at Melbourne Park in 1972 at the age of 37. defeated Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final to become the first man to win the tournament eight times.
2018: After Serena Williams, Margaret Court, and Steffi Graf, he became the fourth player reach 20 or more major singles championships by winning his sixth Australian Open. With this victory, he was able to tie Rod Laver’s mark of four major victories before turning 30.
Federer declared his retirement from playing tennis in 2022 following recent knee surgery.