trip to the Wimbledon finals in 2009 marked his 20th appearance in
a Grand Slam championship singles match.
the record of 19, set by Ivan Lendl.
The 30-game final
set with Andy Roddick in 2009 was the longest ever in a Wimbledon
The 50 aces against
Andy Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon established a new career record
Roger lost his
first junior match to Reto Schmidli, 6-0, 6-0. It was the one and only
time Roger was shutout in his life.
After going 4-6 in
finals from 2000 to 2002, Roger went 18-2 in 2003 and 2004.
victories in 2004 were the most by a #1 player since Ivan Lendl won
11 in 1985.
2004 with a 13-final winning streak, establishing a new all-time record.
He won his first final of 2005, in Doha, to extend this streak.
million in earnings in 2004 rank second all-time. Pete Sampras, with
$6.4 million in 1997, is still first.
After losing seven
of nine pro matches to fellow junior sensation Lleyton Hewitt, Roger
destroyed him in 2004, going 6-0. He beat the Aussie on every surface,
and defeated him in each of their Grand Slam meetings.
7-6, 6-0 win over Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 US Open marked the first
time a player had been double-bageled in the U.S. final.
The only players
besides Roger to win three Grand Slam tournaments in the same year during
the Open era are Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors and Mats Wilander.
Roger is the first
Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Roger lost his
first 11 professional matches on clay.
Roger played only
one Davis Cup tie under Peter Carter before Carter died. He beat Marat
Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in singles, but Switzerland lost 3-2.
In 2002, Roger
decided against building a home in Switzerland. Instead, he went in
50-50 with his parents on a hillside mansion in the Basel suburb of
presented Roger with a gigantic Alphorn after he won Wimbledon in 2004.
Roger carried the
Swiss flag during the opening ceremonies for the Summer Games in Athens
After the 2004
season, Roger flew to the UN and joined Kofi Annan to proclaim 2005
as the International Year of Sport and Physical Education.
Roger was voted
the ATP Tour’s most popular player in 2004.
Roger travels with
trainer Pierre Paganini and Pavel Kovac. He went to most tournaments
in 2004 without a coach.
In 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, Roger did not lose a match to an American player.
Roger hired Aussie
legend Tony Roche as a part-time coach early in 2005.
Roger’s four victories in the 2005 ATP Masters series marked the first time a player ever swept all the AMS events in one season.
In 2005, Roger came within one victory of matching John McEnroe’s all-time best season match record of 84–3. Roger, nursing a sore ankle, lost his final meeting against David Nalbandian in five sets.
Roger was the first man since 1968, when the Open Era began, to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in back-to-back seasons. He ended up running this string to four years in a row (2004 to 2007).
In 2006, Roger and Justine Henin reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles. This was the first time the same man and woman did this since the 1960s.
Roger lost to just two players in 2006—Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
Roger won the 2007 Australian Open without losing a set. The last player to do this in a Grand Slam tournament was Bjorn Borg in 1980. Roger’s five straight Wimbledon titles also tied a record owned by Borg.
Roger’s victory over Nadal at Hamburg in 2007 snapped the Spaniard’s claycourt winning streak at 81 matches.
At the 2007 U.S. Open, Roger set a record for men by reaching his 10th consecutive Grand Slam final.
At the 2009 Rogers Cup, Roger and the other seven top seeds made the quarterfinals of the tournament. It marked the first time in history the top eight seeds in a men’s tournament advanced that far.
Roger had a 40-match winning streak broken at the U.S. Open in 2009.
When Roger reached the semis of the Australian Open for the seventh consecutive year in 2010, he broke the previous record held by Ivan Lendl, who advanced that far six years in a row.
Roger won his 700th ATP Tour match during the 2010 French Open. He won his 200th Grand Slam match at Wimbledon later that year.
Roger is the only player to win five consecutive Wimbledons and five consecutive U.S. Opens.
Roger is a huge
fan of American professional wrestling.
One of Roger’s
best non-tennis friends is NHL star Ziggy Palffy.
athlete is French soccer star Zinedine Zidane. His favorite team is
Roger, a Catholic, got to meet Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome.
Roger has become good friends with Tiger Woods. He, Woods and Thierry Henry made a commercial together in 2008.