A look back at the best seasons of Roger Federer’s career | TSWT | Tennis

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With 20 Grand Slam titles and 310 weeks at the world No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, there is no doubt that Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Throughout his nearly two decades at the top of the game, the Swiss maestro’s seemingly effortless style and dominance fascinated fans and befuddled opponents – as he rewrote the tennis record books many times over.

But which of Federer’s many seasons at the top would be the best of his career? Would it be 2004, 2006 or 2007 when he won three Grand Slam titles, or 2005 when he recorded the second best win percentage in the Open Era? What about 2009 when he completed the Grand Slam career at Roland Garros, or 2012 when he surpassed Pete Sampras for the most weeks at World No. 1?

ATPTour.com analyzes seven of the best seasons of Federer’s storied career, from his big breakout season to his big comeback year…

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Roger Federer captures his second Wimbledon title in 2004. Photo By: Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images

2004
Win-Loss Record: 74-6 (92.5%)
Titles: 11
Grand Slam titles: 3

After coming on the scene in 2003 by winning Wimbledon, his first major title, Federer cemented his position as a force to be reckoned with just one season later. He became the first man to win three Grand Slam titles in the same year since Mats Wilander in 1998 when he took trophies at the Australian Open (ds Safin), Wimbledon (ms Roddick) and the US Open (ms Hewitt). .

The Swiss 22-year-old put together one of the most dominant seasons in the Open Era as he amassed a stunning 93 (74-6) win rate and rose to the world No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings for the first time. time (February 2). His trophies totaled 11 by the time the year was over, including a second Tennis Masters Cup crown [now Nitto ATP Finals].

“It’s still hard to believe because I think once I’ve settled down, have some free time, especially at the end of the year, I’ll look back and think, ‘How the hell did I do all this? ?’ Now it’s just a bit much,” Federer said after his win in New York.

He didn’t know how much was in store…

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Andre Agassi fell victim to Federer in four sets in the 2005 US Open final. Photo by: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/TSWT via Getty Images

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2005
Win-Loss Record: 81-4 (95.29%)
Titles: 11
Grand Slam titles: 2

With four Grand Slam titles to Federer’s name, the tennis world held its breath as 2005 arrived. The question on everyone’s mind was, ‘Will he be able to support it?’ It turns out that there is no need to worry.

Federer won four ATP Masters 1000 titles, including the ‘Sunshine Double’ by winning consecutive trophies in Indian Wells and Miami. At the Grand Slams, he continued his dominance at Wimbledon, winning his third consecutive Gentlemen’s Singles title (d. Roddick), and adding a second US Open (d. Agassi) trophy to his cabinet.

Federer turned 81-4 in 2005, with a win rate of 95.29 when he won 11 trophies. It was the second best win percentage in the Open Era after John McEnroe’s 96.47 (82-3) season in 1984.

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Federer has won the season finale six times, including in 2006 in Shanghai. Photo By: Andrew Wong/Getty Images

2006
Win-Loss Record: 92-5 (94.84%)
Titles: 12
Grand Slam titles: 3

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The world’s No. 1 Federer lost only to two players during an imperious 2006 season: Rafael Nadal (four times) and 19-year-old Andy Murray (once). He ended the year with an almost unassailable win rate of 95 (92-5). Federer reached the finals at all four Grand Slams and won three, as he added to his legend at the Australian Open (f. Baghdatis), Wimbledon (ds. Nadal) and the US Open (ds. Roddick).

He started 2006 with a 16-game winning streak and finished the season with 29 games in a row, including a third Nitto ATP Finals title. That undefeated run would continue into 2007, and a total of 41 consecutive wins in his career.

“I’m out of words [to describe] Myself,” Federer joked after his 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 overall win over James Blake in Shanghai. “I sometimes laughed today at how well I played. At this point in my career I’m so happy with my game.”

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Federer claims his second consecutive Wimbledon final victory over Rafael Nadal in 2007. Photo By: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

2007
Win-Loss Record: 68-9 (88.3%)
Titles: 8
Grand Slam titles: 3

For the second year in a row, Federer reached the finals at all four Grand Slams and won three. He became the first player in history to win three majors three times in a year (2004, 2006, 2007), while continuing to fend off new faces and younger challengers.

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Federer defeated Fernando Gonzalez at the Australian Open, Nadal at Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic at the US Open. He also won the Nitto ATP Finals and two Masters 1000 titles in Hamburg and Cincinnati, a record 88 percent (68-9) win/loss.

His 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2 win over Nadal at Wimbledon was an instant classic and saw him equal Bjorn Borg’s record with his fifth consecutive championship at Wimbledon. the All England Club. The feat also expanded Federer’s winning streak on the lawn to 55. He would go on to rack up 65 straight wins on the surface between 2003 and 2008, the longest streak on the lawn in the Open Era.

All the while, Federer remained firmly at the top of the game. His 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the Pepperstone ATP rankings (2004-2008) remains an TSWT record.

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Mission accomplished! Federer completes Grand Slam career at Roland Garros in 2009. Photo By: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

2009
Win-Loss Record: 61-12 (83.6%)
Titles: 4
Grand Slam titles: 2

After being rejected in three previous Roland Garros finals, Federer finally capped off the Grand Slam career with a win over Robin Soderling in the final in Paris. He became only the sixth man in history to complete the Grand Slam career.

“This could be my biggest win, the one that takes the most pressure off,” Federer joked afterwards. “Now I can play relaxed for the rest of my career and never hear again that I never won the French Open.”

A few weeks later, the Swiss made history again when he won the Gentlemen’s Singles title again, after beating Andy Roddick in an epic five-set Wimbledon final. As Roddick had his serve 37 times in a row, Federer finally broke through in the final game, winning 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14. It was Federer’s 15th Grand Slam win, breaking Pete Sampras’ record.

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Federer adds silver in the singles at the London Olympics to the double gold he won in Beijing. Photo By: MARTIN BERNETTI/TSWT/Getty Images

2012
Win-Loss Record: 71-12 (85.54%)
Titles: 6
Grand Slam titles: 1

The 2012 season marked an emphatic return to form for Federer. He won 86 percent (71-12) of the matches he played and won six tour-level titles – his best stats in half a decade.

Federer, who last won a major title in 2010, took home his record-equivalent seventh Gentlemen’s Singles trophy (deceased Murray) – a record-extending 17th Grand Slam crown. In the process, he returned to the world No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, a feat that matched (and eventually surpassed) Pete Sampras’ record of No. 1 of 286 for weeks. The Swiss would have a total of 310 weeks. over the course of his career.

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A month later, he also took a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. After dropping the first set to Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals, Federer defeated the Argentine in a marathon 3-6, 7-6 (5) and 19-17 to reach the final (l. van Murray ). It was Federer’s first singles medal for Switzerland, having previously won gold in doubles (with Wawrinka) at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“It’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became number 1 in the world again and I got silver,” he reflected. “Honestly, I’m very, very proud to have won silver. I had a very emotional tournament from start to finish.”

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A remarkable comeback season in 2017 kicks off with the Australian Open title. Photo By: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

2017
Win-Loss Record: 54-5 (91.5%)
Titles: 7
Grand Slam titles: 2

With a revamped game, Federer kicked off one of the most impressive comeback seasons in tennis in 2017. At the age of 35, he won his first Grand Slam trophy since 2012 at the Australian Open after beating Nadal in the fifth set, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The win made him the oldest Slam champion since Ken Rosewall won 37 in 1972. At his beloved Wimbledon, Federer set things straight when he won his 19th Grand Slam title (deceased Cilic)—and he did so without dropping a set.

Federer didn’t stop there and he would go on to take seven titles in 2017, including three Masters 1000 wins in Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. It was the most trophies he had won in a decade, and he amassed a win-loss record of 92 percent (54-5), his best percentage since 2006. After starting the season at No. 17 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings , a knee injury that sidelined him for much of 2016, Federer would finish 2017 at World No. 2.

“I knew I might be able to do great again someday, but not at this level. You would have laughed too if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year,” Federer said at Wimbledon. “People wouldn’t believe me if I said that. I also didn’t believe I would win two this year.”

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