With 20 Grand Slam titles and 310 weeks at World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, there is not any doubt that Roger Federer is without doubt one of the biggest tennis gamers of all time. Across his just about 20 years on the most sensible of the sport, the Swiss maestro’s reputedly easy taste and dominance captivated enthusiasts and confounded warring parties – as he rewrote the tennis list books time and again over.
But which of Federer’s many seasons on the most sensible would rank as the most efficient of his profession? Would or not it’s 2004, 2006 or 2007, when he lifted 3 Grand Slam titles, or 2005 when he recorded the second-best successful proportion within the Open Era? What about 2009 when he finished the profession Grand Slam at Roland Garros, or 2012 when he surpassed Pete Sampras for many weeks at World No. 1?
ATPTour.com breaks down seven of the most efficient seasons of Federer’s mythical profession, from his giant breakout season to his primary comeback 12 months…
Roger Federer captures his moment Wimbledon identify in 2004. Photo through: Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 74-6 (92.5%)
Grand Slam Titles: 3
After bursting onto the scene through successful Wimbledon, his first primary identify, in 2003, Federer strengthened his place as a pressure to be reckoned with only one season later. He become the primary guy to win 3 Grand Slam singles titles in the similar 12 months since Mats Wilander in 1998 as he captured trophies on the Australian Open (d. Safin), Wimbledon (d. Roddick) and the United States Open (d. Hewitt).
The Swiss 22-year-old put in combination probably the most dominant seasons within the Open Era as he gathered a head-turning successful proportion of 93 (74-6) and rose to World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the primary time (2 February). His trophy rely totalled 11 by the point the 12 months was once executed, and integrated a moment Tennis Masters Cup crown [now Nitto ATP Finals].
“It’s still tough to believe because I think once I settle down, have some time off, at the end of the year especially, I’ll be looking back thinking, ‘How in the world did I do all this?’ Now, it’s just a little bit much,” Federer mentioned after his win in New York.
Little did he understand how a lot more was once in retailer…
Andre Agassi fell sufferer to Federer in 4 units within the 2005 US Open ultimate. Photo through: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP by means of Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 81-4 (95.29%)
Grand Slam Titles: 2
With 4 Grand Slam titles already to Federer’s identify, the tennis international held its breath as 2005 dawned. The query on everybody’s thoughts was once, ‘Will he be able to back it up?’ Turns out, there would now not be any wish to concern.
Federer received 4 ATP Masters 1000 titles, together with the ‘Sunshine Double’ through lifting back-to-back trophies in Indian Wells and Miami. At the Grand Slams, he endured his dominance at Wimbledon, successful his 3rd consecutive Gentlemen’s Singles identify (d. Roddick), and added a moment US Open (d. Agassi) trophy to his cupboard.
Federer went 81-4 in 2005, with a successful proportion of 95.29 as he received 11 trophies. It was once the second-best successful proportion within the Open Era after John McEnroe’s 96.47 (82-3) season in 1984.
Six instances Federer has received the season finale, together with in 2006 in Shanghai. Photo through: Andrew Wong/Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 92-5 (94.84%)
Grand Slam Titles: 3
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The World No. 1 Federer most effective misplaced to 2 gamers all through an imperious 2006 season: an on-the-rise Rafael Nadal (4 instances) and 19-year-old Andy Murray (as soon as). He ended the 12 months with a just about untouchable successful proportion of 95 (92-5). Federer reached the overall in any respect 4 Grand Slams and received 3, as he added to his legend on the Australian Open (d. Baghdatis), Wimbledon (d. Nadal) and the United States Open (d. Roddick).
He began 2006 on a 16-match win streak and completed the season successful 29 suits in a row, together with a 3rd Nitto ATP Finals identify. That undefeated run would proceed into 2007, and overall a career-best 41 consecutive wins.
“I’ve run out of words [to describe] myself,” Federer joked after his 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 ultimate win over James Blake in Shanghai. “I had to laugh at times today at how well I was playing. At this point in my career I’m so happy with my game.”
Federer claims his moment consecutive Wimbledon ultimate win over Rafael Nadal in 2007. Photo through: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 68-9 (88.3%)
Grand Slam Titles: 3
For the second one 12 months in a row, Federer reached the finals in any respect 4 Grand Slams, successful 3. He become the primary participant in historical past to win 3 majors in a 12 months thrice (2004, 2006, 2007) as he endured to fend off new faces and more youthful challengers.
Federer defeated Fernando Gonzalez on the Australian Open, Nadal at Wimbledon, and Novak Djokovic at the United States Open. He additionally received the Nitto ATP Finals and two Masters 1000 titles in Hamburg and Cincinnati, an 88 consistent with cent (68-9) win-loss list.
His 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-2 victory over Nadal at Wimbledon was once an immediate vintage, and noticed him equivalent Bjorn Borg’s list together with his 5th consecutive championship on the All England Club. The feat additionally prolonged Federer’s grass-court successful streak to 55. He would rack up 65 wins in a row at the floor between 2003 and 2008, the longest grass-court streak within the Open Era.
All the whilst, Federer remained firmly on the most sensible of the sport. His 237 consecutive weeks on the most sensible of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings (2004-2008) stays an ATP Tour list.
Mission completed! Federer completes the profession Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2009. Photo through: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 61-12 (83.6%)
Grand Slam Titles: 2
After being denied in 3 earlier Roland Garros finals, Federer in spite of everything finished the profession Grand Slam with a victory over Robin Soderling within the ultimate in Paris. He become simply the 6th guy in historical past to finish the profession Grand Slam.
“This could be my biggest victory, the one that takes off the most pressure,” Federer quipped afterwards. “Now for the rest of my career, I can play relaxed and never hear again that I never won the French Open.”
A few weeks later, the Swiss as soon as once more made historical past as he lifted the Gentlemen’s Singles identify as soon as once more, after defeating Andy Roddick in an epic five-set Wimbledon ultimate. As Roddick held serve 37 instances in a row, Federer in spite of everything broke via within the ultimate sport to win 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 3-6, 16-14. It was once Federer’s fifteenth Grand Slam singles triumph, breaking Pete Sampras’ all-time list.
Federer provides singles silver on the London Olympics to the doubles gold he received in Beijing. Photo through: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 71-12 (85.54%)
Grand Slam Titles: 1
The 2012 season marked an emphatic go back to shape for Federer. He received 86 consistent with cent (71-12) of the suits he performed and received six tour-level titles – his supreme stats in part a decade.
Federer, who ultimate received a significant identify in 2010, lifted his record-equalling 7th Gentlemen’s Singles trophy (d. Murray) – a record-extending seventeenth Grand Slam crown. In the method, he returned to World No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, a feat that tied (and in the end surpassed) Pete Sampras’ list for weeks at No. 1 of 286. The Swiss would move directly to tally 310 weeks in overall over the process his profession.
A month later, he additionally clinched a silver medal on the 2012 London Olympics. After shedding the primary set to Juan Martin del Potro within the semi-finals, Federer outlasted the Argentine in a marathon 3-6, 7-6(5), 19-17 comeback to achieve the overall (l. to Murray). It was once Federer’s first medal in singles for Switzerland, after in the past successful gold in doubles (w/ Wawrinka) on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“It’s been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No. 1 again, and I got silver,” he mirrored. “I am very, very proud honestly to have won a silver. I had a very emotional tournament from start to finish.”
A exceptional comeback season in 2017 starts with the Australian Open identify. Photo through: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Win-Loss Record: 54-5 (91.5%)
Grand Slam Titles: 2
With a made over sport, Federer launched into probably the most spectacular comeback seasons in tennis in 2017. At the age of 35, he received his first Grand Slam trophy since 2012 on the Australian Open after rallying from a destroy down within the 5th set in opposition to Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The win made him the oldest Slam champion since Ken Rosewall received there in 1972 at 37. At his liked Wimbledon, Federer kicked issues up a notch as he received his nineteenth Grand Slam identify (d. Cilic) – and did so with out shedding a suite.
Federer didn’t prevent there, and he would move on to say seven titles in 2017, together with 3 Masters 1000 wins at Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. It was once probably the most trophies he had received in a decade, and he gathered a 92 consistent with cent (54-5) win-loss list, his supreme proportion since 2006. After beginning the season at No. 17 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings because of a knee harm that sidelined him for a lot of 2016, Federer would end 2017 at World No. 2.
“I knew I could do great again maybe one day, but not at this level. You would have laughed, too, if I told you I was going to win two Slams this year,” Federer mentioned at Wimbledon. “People wouldn’t believe me if I said that. I also didn’t believe that I was going to win two this year.”