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Roger Federer fact file

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July 09, 2006 22:48 IST
Factbox on Switzerland's Roger Federer, who won a fourth successive Wimbledon men's singles title with a 6-0, 7-6, 6-7 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

Born: Aug. 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland

Age: 24

Grand Slam titles: Eight (Australian Open 2004, 2006; Wimbledon 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; U.S. Open 2004, 2005)

1998: Reaches Toulouse quarter-final in his second ATP event.

1999: Youngest player to finish year in Top 100.

2000: Reaches first final in Marseille.

Loses bronze medal match at Sydney Olympics to Arnaud Di Pasquale of France.

2001: Wins first title in Milan, finishes year as top-ranked Swiss player.

Reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final at French Open.

Reaches quarter-final at Wimbledon after ending Pete Sampras's 31-match winning streak there in fourth round.

2002: Wins titles in Sydney, Hamburg and Vienna.

Suffers shock first-round defeat at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Helps Switzerland back into Davis Cup World Group.

Reaches semi-final of Tennis Masters Cup, losing to eventual winner Lleyton Hewitt.

2003: Loses in the first round of the French Open for the second year in a row.

Becomes first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam after beating Mark Philippoussis to lift Wimbledon crown.

Finishes the year ranked second in the world, winning an ATP-high seven titles during the season including the season-ending Masters Cup.

Splits from Swedish coach Peter Lundgren in December.

2004: Becomes 23rd man, and first Swiss, to top the ATP rankings.

Wins his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with victory over Marat Safin in the final.

Retains his Wimbledon crown with victory over Andy Roddick in the final.

Wins first U.S. Open title with a 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 victory over Hewitt to become the first player since Swede Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slams in the same year, and the first man in the Open Era to win his first four Grand Slam finals.

2005: Appoints Australian Tony Roche as coach in January.

Loses to eventual winners at both the Australian and French Open semi-finals.

Wins third consecutive Wimbledon title to become only the eighth player in history and third in the Open Era to achieve the feat. In doing so, extends his winning streak on grass to 36.

Beats Agassi in U.S. Open final to join Bill Tilden and Don Budge as the only men to achieve the Wimbledon-U.S. Open double in successive years. Improves season's hard court mark to 45-1, including 35 consecutive wins, surpassing the professional era mark twice achieved by Pete Sampras. U.S. Open triumph marks his 23rd straight win in a final.

His record run of 24 consecutive final victories is snapped when he loses Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian. Finishes the season with an 81-4 win-loss record.

2006: Jan.: Beats Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis to win Australian Open for a second time. Becomes first man since Pete Sampras in 1993-94 to win three Grand Slams in a row. Federer also joined American Richard Sears and Briton Will Renshaw as the only men to win their first seven grand slam finals. Sears and Renshaw achieved the feat in the 1880s.

June: Beaten in the French Open final by defending champion Nadal. The result left him one match short of becoming only the third man after American Don Budge and Australian Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam crowns at once.

Wins fourth consecutive Halle title on grass to equal Bjorn Borg's professional era record of 41 consecutive wins on grass. Beats France's Richard Gasquet in Wimbledon first round to break Borg's record.

July: Increases his Grand Slam tally to eight with victory at Wimbledon. Joins Borg and Sampras as the only men to have won four consecutive Wimbledon singles titles when he defeats Nadal in the final.

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