Australian Open 2004,2006,2007,2010,2017,2018
French Open 2009
US Open 2004,2005,2006,2007,2008
Roger Federer's powerful rhythmical forehand, good serve, effortless movement around the court and great anticipation helped him to dominate the game during the early years of the twenty first century. Federer first came to prominence as a 19-year-old when he beat an out of form Pete Sampras in five sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2001, when Sampras was going for his fifth consecutive title. However, Federer lost his next match to home favourite Timothy Henman. The following year Federer was one of the favourites for the title but was thrashed in his opening match by Mario Ancic. This was by no means an isolated loss and he began to gain a reputation for losing early at the Grand Slams. At Wimbledon 2003 most people were talking about young American Andy Roddick being favourite for the title. Federer cruised through to the semis almost unnoticed and then outclassed Roddick with a brilliant display of shotmaking. In the final he was too good for Mark Philippoussis, winning in straight sets to take his first Grand Slam title. At the US Open Federer lost in the fourth round to David Nalbandian. At the 2004 Australian Open Federer was in top form, beating Lleyton Hewitt, Nalbandian, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marat Safin to take his second Grand Slam title. At Wimbledon he breezed into the final and, despite dropping the opening set came through to win in four sets against Roddick. At the US Open Federer was involved in a five set quarter final with Andre Agassi on a very windy day. Federer wasn't put off by the wind and won. Then he had comfortable victories against Tim Henman and Lleyton Hewitt. As 2005 began, some were predicting that Federer might win the Grand Slam. In 2004 he had won three out of the four Grand Slams, the first man to achieve the feat since Mats Wilander in 1988. However, at the Australian Open he lost in the semi finals to Marat Safin, despite having a match point. At the French he was outplayed by Rafael Nadal in the semis. Then Federer wasn't tested in winning Wimbledon. Agassi had him on the run for a while in the U.S. Open final before he ran out of gas. No one tested Federer as he won the 2006 Australian Open but in the French Open final, Nadal's greater skill at winning the vital points proved the deciding factor. At Wimbledon no one tested him until the final, when he finally won a match against Nadal. He then won the U.S. Open without being tested. After coasting to the title at the 2007 Australian Open, Federer again lost his nerve against Nadal in the French Open final. At Wimbledon Federer looked rattled in the fourth set of the final against Nadal but he regrouped in the fifth set to record one of his best victories. At the U. S. Open Federer benefitted from a major choke by Novak Djokovic, who had chances to win all three sets of the final. The two met again in the semis of the 2008 Australian Open. Djokovic was determined to close out the match when he had the chance and won in straight sets. Then Federer was thrashed by Nadal in the final of the French. The two met again in the Wimbledon final. It proved to be one of the greatest matches of all time. Federer fought back magnificently to take the fourth set, but too many unforced errors on Nadal's service games cost him in the fifth. Nadal eventually broke him at 8-7 and then served out the match for a famous victory. Having gon winless in the first three Slams of the year for the first time since 2002, Federer had a point to prove at the U. S. Open. He was back to his best as he overcame Djokovic in the semis and Andy Murray in the final to win his fifth consecutive title. Then Federer gave his all against Nadal in the 2009 Australian Open final but Nadal won once again. At the French, though, Nadal lost in the fourth round. Federer almost joined him as he was two sets down and break point down at 4-3 in the third in his fourth round match against Tommy Haas. Federer fought back to win in five sets. In the semis Federer again had to fight hard to come through in five sets against Juan Martin Del Potro. In the final Federer beat Robin Soderling to equal Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles. He also achieved something Sampras never did by winning all four Grand Slam events. Federer then reached the Wimbledon final without being tested. After an epic final Federer beat Andy Roddick to break Sampras' record. Then Federer seemed to be on course for a sixth consecutive U. S. Open title when he served for a two set lead against Juan Martin Del Potro in the final. However, an inspired Del Potro fought back to win in five sets. Then Federer won the 2010 Australian Open without being tested. At the French Open Federer lost before the semi finals at a Grand Slam for the first time in six years when he lost in the quarters to Robin Soderling in four sets. At Wimbledon Federer almost lost in the opening round but bowed out in the quarters to Thomas Berdych. At the U. S. Open he lost in the semis to Novak Djokovic, having had two match points. Djokovic beat him again in the semis of the 2011 Australian Open, outhitting him from the baseline. With Djokovic's rise, Federer was relegated to third favourite going into the French. He was keen to prove he was still a contender and played one of his best matches for years beating Djokovic in the semi finals in four sets. In the final Federer was in good form, but Nadal won most of the crucial points and ended up winning in four sets. At Wimbledon Federer led two sets to love against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters. As Tsonga's level of play increased, Federer faded away and he lost in five sets. At the U. S. Open Federer served for the match in the fifth set and had two match points but lost to Djokovic (the second straight year he'd had two match points against Djokovic and lost). At the 2012 Australian Open Federer was well below par in losing to Nadal in the semi finals. At the French Federer was below par and was unable to win the crucial points against Djokovic in the semis. At Wimbledon Federer beat a below par Djokovic in the semis. In the final played partly under the roof Federer showed his mastery of indoor conditions by outplaying Murray once the roof had been closed. His seventh Wimbledon title playing through the draw ties the record of Pete Sampras. The 31 year old Federer had played a lot of tennis in the previous couple of months going into the US Open. This seemed to take its toll as he lost to Tomas Berdych in the quarters. In the semis of the 2013 Australian Open Federer look tired from quite early on, yet still pushed Murray to five sets before losing. At the French he looked like a man past his prime as he lost easily to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but he again made the quarter finals. His nine year streak of quarter final appearances finally came to an end at Wimbledon, where Sergiy Stakhovsky came to the net and volleyed against him. It would be hard to imagine Federer winning five consecutive Wimbledons if he had faced serve-volley greats such as Gonzales, Newcombe, McEnroe, Becker, Edberg or Sampras at their best. In winning his Grand Slam titles Federer has never faced a great serve-volleyer because there aren't any around anymore. One record Federer holds that is unlikely ever to be surpassed is that he reached twenty three consecutive Grand Slam semi finals (winning 20 of those semi finals), a remarkable feat of consistency. Also, he has played and won more Grand Slam men's singles matches than anyone and this record is unlikely to be surpassed either. His mountain range (pictured below) has one big swiss alp mountain through most of it. After a bad year in 2013, Federer returned to form at the 2014 Australian Open beating Murray (who was returning after surgery) before losing easily to Nadal in the semis. At Wimbledon Federer lost a five set final to Djokovic. At the US Open, Djokovic lost in the first semi final and Federer was the favourite left in, but he was blown away by Marin Cilic in straight sets. At Wimbledon 2015 Federer outplayed Murray in the semis before being outplayed by Djokovic in the final in four sets. At the US Open Federer lost once more to Djokovic in the final. He lost to Djokovic in the semis of the 2016 Australian Open. After missing his first Grand Slam of the century at the French Open due to injury, Federer entered Wimbledon having played few matches since the Australian. Federer saved three match points in a memorable quarter final with Marin Cilic before losing in five sets to Milos Raonic in the semis. At 2017 Australian Open Federer was the 17th seed, having not played since Wimbledon due to injury. He beat Stan Wawrinka in five sets in the semis before a five set win against old rival Nadal in the final (arguably his best ever performance in a Grand Slam). At 35 he was the oldest winner of a Grand Slam singles title since Ken Rosewall in 1972. After taking the whole clay court season off, Federer returned to win Wimbledon, beating an injured Marin Cilic in the final to take his record eighth Wimbledon title. Then he beat Cilic, this time in five sets, to win the 2018 Australian Open to take his twentieth Grand Slam title.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 3-1, M.Chang 3-0, M.Cilic 4-1, A.Costa 1-0, J.Del Potro 5-2, N.Djokovic 6-9, J.C.Ferrero 3-1, L.Hewitt 8-0, T.Johansson 1-0, Y.Kafelnikov 0-1, G.Kuerten 0-1, C.Moya 1-0, A.Murray 5-1, R.Nadal 3-9, P.Rafter 0-1, A.Roddick 8-0, M.Safin 4-1, P.Sampras 1-0, S.Wawrinka 6-1
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