- 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.
- Roger’s 11
victories in 2004 were the most by a #1 player since Ivan Lendl won
11 in 1985.
- Roger finished
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.
- Roger’s $6.3
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.
- Roger’s 6-0,
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
- Swiss officials
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.
- Roger hired Aussie
legend Tony Roche as a part-time coach early in 2005.
- Roger is a huge
fan of American professional wrestling.
- One of Roger’s
best non-tennis friends is NHL star Ziggy Palffy.
- Roger’s favorite
athlete is French soccer star Zinedine Zidane. His favorite team is
Ivan Lendl, 1986
Mats Wilander, 1993
Ziggy Palffy, 1992