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PARIS (AFP) — Novak Djokovic may have mothballed his party trick of impersonating fellow professionals, but he'd love to mimic the success of ex-French Open winner Thomas Muster, the one-time ironman of tennis. The fourth seeded Serbian recently hired...
French Open - day three - BBC Sport
First up on Court Philippe Chatrier is women's fifth seed Jelena Jankovic against Petra Cetkovska, followed by a tasty-looking tie between Nicolas Lapentti and Novak Djokovic. Other matches to look out for include home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga...
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And this May, the chips fell so Novak Djokovic finally, if not mercifully, avoided a pre-final French Open encounter with Rafael Nadal for the first time in three years. Djokovic is everyone's x-factor, and this year Djokovic landed in Roger Federer's...
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The rain which marred Tuesday may have an impact on fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic, whose opening match against Nicolas Lapentti was hit by the weather. For Federer, tournament scheduling is the least of his worries as he works to win his first-ever...
Jankovic, Djokovic advance to 2nd round at French - The Associated Press
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Nadal edges Djokovic in four-hour battle - CNN International
(CNN) -- Clay-court king Rafael Nadal saved three match points before defeating third seed Novak Djokovic 3-6 7-6 7-6 in an epic four-hour struggle to reach the Madrid Open final on Saturday. Nadal won a mammonth tie-break to eventually defeat Djokovic...
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Novak Djokovic (SRB) - Dangerous on all surfaces, Djokovic is a perfect addition to the player line-up for Grand Slam Tennis. Just like on the ATP World Tour, he'll be eager to mix up with Federer, Nadal and the other top guys....
Birthday Letters for Novak Djokovic - Bleacher Report
Novak Djokovic is a birthday boy, today, as he turns 22 years old. A spring chicken on the tennis tour, he will no doubt have many more years of great tennis in him. Djokovic has a sense of humor—he does impressions and it seems he is a gracious loser...
Day 3 - French Open - Lawn Tennis Association
Jelena Jankovic began proceedings on the Phillipe Chatrier Court with a straight sets victory and was followed by Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who comfortably booked their place in the second round. On the Suzanne Lenglen Court,...

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic at 2007 US Open

Infobox last updated on: April 20, 2009.

Novak Djokovic (help·info) (Serbian: Новак Ђоковић, Novak Ðoković, pronounced ), born May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia is a Serbian professional tennis player who has been ranked World No. 3 since 13 August 2007.

He won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 2008 Australian Open. After beating World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer in the semifinals, Djokovic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, becoming the first player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events. He was the runner-up at the 2007 US Open and won the bronze medal in singles representing Serbia at the 2008 Olympic Games. He won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and has won four Masters Series tournaments.

Djokovic was born May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia. He was born to Srdjan and Dijana and is the oldest of their three sons. His two younger brothers, Djordje and Marko, are also tennis players with professional aspirations. He started playing tennis at the age of four, and was spotted by Yugoslav tennis legend Jelena Genčić at the age of eight, who stated "This is the greatest talent I have seen since Monica Seles." At twelve years old, he spent three years at Nikola Pilić's tennis academy in Munich, Germany, and at age fourteen, his international career began, winning European championships in singles, doubles, and team competition. He currently resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and is coached by a former Slovak tennis player, Marián Vajda.

Djokovic speaks Serbian, Italian and English fluently and often gives interviews and press conferences in all three. He also speaks a bit of German.

Djokovic is also known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends. This became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyà, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova.

In the beginning of his professional career, Djokovic mainly played in Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning three of each type.

He participated in the 2006 Hopman Cup with fellow Serbian player Ana Ivanović, with the pairing narrowly missing the final.

In May 2006, various reports appeared in the British media about Djokovic's mother Dijana reportedly approaching Britain's Lawn Tennis Association about her son joining British tennis ranks and the possibility of their entire 5-person family moving from Serbia to live in Britain. All the rumours didn't affect Djokovic's play, however. He started 2006 ranked 78th, but with an excellent path to the quarterfinals at the French Open and a fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon, he found himself in the top 40.

Just three weeks after Wimbledon, he won his maiden title at the Dutch Open in Amersfoort without losing a set, defeating Nicolás Massú in the final. Djokovic won his second career title at Open de Moselle in Metz, and with this victory moved into the top 20 for the first time in his career.

At the US Open, Djokovic lost in the third round to former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–1, 6–2.

Djokovic began the year by winning in Adelaide, defeating Australian Chris Guccione in the final. At the Australian Open, he lost in the fourth round to eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets.

His performances at the Masters Series events in Indian Wells, California and Key Biscayne, Florida, where he was the runner-up and champion respectively, pushed him into the world's top ten. Djokovic lost the Indian Wells final to Rafael Nadal but defeated Nadal in the Miami Masters event before defeating the resurgent Guillermo Cañas in the final.

He later played in the Masters Series Monte Carlo Open where he was defeated by David Ferrer in the third round in straight sets. At the Estoril Open, Djokovic defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the final. He then reached the quarterfinals of both the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome and the Masters Series Hamburg but lost to Nadal and Carlos Moyà, respectively.

At the French Open, Djokovic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal ever, where he lost to eventual champion Nadal.

During Wimbledon, Djokovic won a five hour quarterfinal against Marcos Baghdatis 7–6(4), 7–6(9), 6–7(3), 4–6, 7–5. In his semifinal match, he was forced to retire against Nadal due to a back injury and foot problem. He became the first player to retire from semifinal match at Wimbledon.

Djokovic then won the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Montreal. He defeated World No. 3 Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals, World No. 2 Nadal in the semifinals, and World No. 1 Federer in the final. This was the first time a player had defeated the top three ranked players in one tournament since Boris Becker in 1994. And Djokovic was only the second player, after Tomáš Berdych, to have defeated both Federer and Nadal since they became the top two players players in the world. After this tournament, Björn Borg stated that Djokovic "is definitely a contender to win a Grand Slam (tournament)." However, the following week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Djokovic lost in the second round to Carlos Moyà in straight sets.

He nevertheless reached the final of the US Open. Djokovic had five set points on serve in the first set and two against serve in the second set but lost them all before losing the final to top-seeded Federer in straight sets. On his way to the final, Djokovic won a nearly five hour second round match against Radek Štěpánek 6–7(4), 7–6(5), 5–7, 7–5, 7–6(2).

After recovering from a minor injury, Djokovic won his fifth title of the year at the BA-CA TennisTrophy in Vienna, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in the final. Djokovic's next tournament was the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid, where he lost to David Nalbandian in the semifinals 6–4, 7–6(4). At the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, he was upset by Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

Djokovic, then assured of finishing the year as World No. 3 and for the first time, he qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup. Djokovic was the first player to arrive. He was also the first player to exit the tournament, losing all three of his round-robin matches in straight sets. He lost to Ferrer 6–4, 6–4; Gasquet 6–4, 6–2; and Nadal 6–4, 6–4.

Djokovic started the year by playing the Hopman Cup along with fellow Serbian World Number 3 Jelena Janković. He won all his round-robin matches and the team, seeded first, reached the final. They lost 2–1 to the second-seeded American team consisting of Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.

At the Australian Open, Djokovic reached the final without losing a set. Along the way, he defeated the top-seeded and defending champion Roger Federer in the semifinals 7–5, 6–3, 7–6(5). This ended Federer's streak of 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals. Djokovic also became the first person to beat Federer in straight sets in a Grand Slam tournament since Gustavo Kuerten at the 2004 French Open. Djokovic then defeated unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final to earn Serbia's and his first ever Grand Slam singles title. At the age of 20 years and 250 days, he was the youngest male to win the Australian Open singles title since Stefan Edberg in 1985. This win also enabled him to surpass US$6 million in career prize money.

At the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, Djokovic was upset by Frenchman Gilles Simon in the second round 6–2, 6–7(6), 6–3. Djokovic's next tournament was the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open, where he lost in the semifinals to World No. 6 Andy Roddick 7–6(5), 6–3.

At the Masters Series Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Djokovic won his ninth career singles title, defeating American Mardy Fish in the three-set final. At the Masters Series Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Djokovic was upset in the second round by Kevin Anderson 7–6, 3–6, 6–4.

On red clay at the Monte Carlo Masters, Djokovic retired from his semifinal match with Federer while trailing 6–3, 3–2. However, two weeks later, Djokovic won his tenth career singles title and fourth Master Series singles crown at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome after defeating Stanislas Wawrinka in the final. The following week at the Hamburg Masters, Djokovic lost to Nadal in a three-hour semifinal match 7–5, 2–6, 6–2. At the French Open in Paris, Djokovic was the third-seeded player behind Federer and Nadal. Djokovic lost to Nadal in the semifinals 6–4, 6–2, 7–6(3).

On grass, Djokovic once again played Nadal, this time in the Artois Championships final in Queen's Club, London, losing 7–6(6), 7–5. At Wimbledon, Djokovic was the third seeded player; however, he lost in the second round to former World No. 1, but unseeded, Marat Safin 6–4, 7–6(3), 6–2.

Djokovic then failed to defend his 2007 singles title at the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Toronto. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals by eighth-seeded Andy Murray 6–3, 7–6(3). The following week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Djokovic advanced to the final after having beaten World No. 2 Nadal in the semifinals 6–1, 7–5, ending the Spaniard's 32-match winning streak. In the final, he lost to Murray in straight sets.

His next tournament was the Beijing Olympics, his first Summer Olympics. He and Nenad Zimonjić, seeded second in men's doubles, were eliminated in the first round by the Czech pairing of Martin Damm and Pavel Vízner. Seeded third in singles, Djokovic lost in the semifinals to Nadal, the eventual champion, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4. This match was also noted for Djokovic's reaction after the match, because on match point, Djokovic missed a relatively easy smash. When Nadal came to the net, Djokovic gave him a hug, and then proceeded to later leave the court in tears, barely able to wave to the crowd. Djokovic then defeated James Blake, the loser of the other semifinal, in the bronze medal match 6–3, 7–6(4).

After the Olympics, Djokovic entered the US Open as the third seed. During his fourth round match with Tommy Robredo, he was plagued by both a hip injury, for which he required two time-outs, and exhaustion. Nevertheless, he won the match 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3. Eighth-seeded Andy Roddick later said in a press conference that Djokovic was "either quick to call a trainer or the most courageous guy of all time", insinuating that his opponent had a reputation for being injured, as well as giving a list of ailments he thought Djokovic might have. After defeating Roddick, 6–2, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(5) in the quarterfinals, he was booed on the court during in a courtside interview, after sarcastically saying, "Andy was saying that I have 16 injuries in the last match, obviously I don't, right?" Djokovic later apologized to Roddick, saying that it was a misunderstanding. His run at the US Open ended in the semifinals when he lost to Federer 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2 in a rematch of the 2007 US Open final.

At the finals of the Thailand Open, in a rematch of the 2008 Australian Open final, he lost to Tsonga in straight sets.

He was upset in the third round of the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid by Croat Ivo Karlović 7–6(4), 7–6(5) without any breaks of serve during the match. Two weeks later at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, he lost in the third round once again to Tsonga 6–4, 2–6, 6–3.

In November, Djokovic was the second seed at the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. In his first round robin match, he defeated Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets. He then beat Nikolay Davydenko in three sets before losing his final round robin match against Tsonga 1–6, 7–5, 6–1. However, by having a round robin record of 2-1, Djokovic qualified for the semifinals, where he defeated Gilles Simon 4–6, 6–3, 7–5. In the final, Djokovic defeated Davydenko once again to win his first ever Tennis Masters Cup title.

Djokovic started the year at the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia. He was upset by Ernests Gulbis in the first round 6–4, 6–4. At the Medibank International in Sydney, he lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the semifinals 6–4, 7–6(3).

Djokovic then participated in the Open 13 in Marseille and reached the semifinals only to be beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the fourth consecutive time 6–4, 7–6(1).

Djokovic was the top seed and won the singles title at the following week's Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. In the final, he defeated fourth-seeded David Ferrer in straight sets to claim his twelfth career title.

A week later, Ferrer beat Djokovic in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Spain and Serbia on clay in Spain 6–3, 6–3, 7–6(4). Djokovic then lost to Rafael Nadal the next day in the deciding fourth rubber 6–4, 6–4, 6–1.

Djokovic was the defending champion at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California but lost to Roddick in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–2.

At the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Djokovic defeated his first three opponents in straight sets after receiving a first round bye. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Tsonga 6–3, 6–4 to advance to the semifinals, where he beat Federer 3–6, 6–2, 6–3. Djokovic then lost to Andy Murray in the final.

Djokovic then reached the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on clay, defeating Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals and Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals. He then lost to Nadal in the final in three sets.

Djokovic is currently playing at the Rome Masters, and, as the defending champion, must win to remain No.3, or else he will lose enough points for Murray to gain No.3 regardless of Murray's result. Djokovic defeated Albert Montanes in the second round 7-6, 6-0 but still is far from winning Rome again.

He is good friends with fellow junior graduate (and sometimes doubles partner) Andy Murray, who was part of the British team that Serbia and Montenegro defeated in the Davis Cup in Glasgow in April 2006. Djokovic got the decisive win on April 9, 2006 by defeating Greg Rusedski in four sets in the fourth match, giving his team a 3–1 lead in their best of 5 series, thus keeping Serbia and Montenegro in the Group One Euro/African Zone of Davis Cup.

Djokovic has represented Serbia since Montenegro gained independence in June 2006. By winning all three of his matches, Djokovic played a key role in the 2007 play-off win over Australia, promoting Serbia to World Group in 2008. In Serbia's tie against Russia in early 2008 in Moscow, Djokovic was sidelined due to influenza and was forced to miss his first singles match. He returned to win his doubles match, teaming with Nenad Zimonjić, before being forced to retire during his singles match with Nikolay Davydenko. Djokovic also had a big role in promoting Serbia to the 2009 World Group.

Djokovic is an all-court player. His greatest strengths are his groundstrokes, serve, speed, and confidence. His forehand is powerful, deep, well angled, and hit with strong topspin, although his preferred groundstroke is the backhand. Djokovic is known for the ability to outhit his opponents from the baseline. When most effective, Djokovic rallies from the baseline just long enough to construct the point and enable himself to hit a winner from an advantageous position. With considerable speed, his serve is one of his major weapons winning many free points from his flatter first serve and employing as his second serve a strong slice served out wide. While very sound and powerful from the baseline, he would often finish his points by coming to the net similar to Roger Federer. He also utilizes a well-disguised backhand underspin dropshot and sliced backhand (groundstroke) in his repertoire. His use of the one-handed backhand drop shot is unusual for players who usually use a two-handed backhand to rally from the baseline.

Djokovic endorses and is sponsored by Adidas and Head. He wears the adidas CC Genius shoes and formerly the adidas Edge Group clothing. However, in early 2009, he started a new line of clothes with adidas dubbed 'Falcon' and now plays with shirts representing a falcon at the back of his left sleeve. Djokovic has played with Head Youtek Speed Pro racquet since the start of 2009, reportedly to be released to the public in May. He also uses Tecnifibre X One Biphase Strings.

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which ended 26 April 2009.

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2007 U.S. Open (tennis)

Marcos Baghdatis serving at the 2007 US Open

The 2007 U.S. Open was held from 27 August to 9 September 2007, at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York City.

Roger Federer successfully defended his title, becoming the first man in the open era to win four consecutive U.S. Open titles. Justine Henin won her second U.S. Open title, this year without losing a set. It was also her last grand slam win.

Qualifying was impossible due to rain.

Qualifying Day 2 saw lots of rain. However, according to this link, players such as Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Pablo Cuevas, Jamie Baker, Steve Darcis, Alina Jidkova and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were winners to the following round of qualifying. In addition, main singles draws for men and women were released, except qualifiers' names; however the draw shows where qualifiers will go. Roger Federer, seeded 1st, will play a qualifier for the first two rounds, and possibly three consecutive rounds.

The first round of qualifying was completed and second round matches began. In-form Frank Dancevic came through in the men's draw; whilst 2007 French Open Girl's Singles champion Alizé Cornet came through in the women's qualifying.

Players began qualifying for the main draw; the first on the men's side being Pablo Cuevas and the first on the women's, Renata Voráčová. Scoville Jenkins was the first American qualifier to reach the main draw.

Qualifying was completed as Dancevic, Rainer Schüttler and Andrei Pavel qualified among others such as Bruno Echagaray, who beat Robin Haase. On the women's side Cornet and Andreja Klepač came through, along with Julia Görges, who upset #6 seed Anne Kremer.

Coverage found on CBS or possibly other channels: Matches, songs and other events were held and played at the 2007 U.S. Open Kid's Day. Matches were held; including with non-professional tennis players Rob Thomas, Tony Hawk and John Cena, along with others who competed in non-match activities.

Day 1 saw Feliciano López was able to upset Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Max Mirnyi defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (6), in an epic battle in which Mirnyi came back in the last set tiebreaker from 1-5 to win 8-6. Both Venus Williams and Serena Williams continued runs, however young qualifier Alizé Cornet stunned Samantha Stosur. Wildcard talent John Isner played four sets and defeated the seeded Jarkko Nieminen. Guillermo Cañas needed four sets to beat Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo, while Fernando Verdasco came back to shock the crowd from two sets to love down to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu, 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Julia Görges lost to Justine Henin; while Scoville Jenkins lost to Roger Federer, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Home favourite Ahsha Rolle took a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 dramatic upset win over Tatiana Golovin in three sets. Donald Young also advanced and thus won his first ever U.S. Open match, defeating Chris Guccione, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Arnaud Clément and wildcard Wayne Odesnik were able to advance through their matches in five sets, while Lleyton Hewitt was one who easily beat his opponent. Nicole Vaidišová and Dominika Cibulková (who upset Tathiana Garbin) won their matches, while Sania Mirza was pushed and Laura Granville easily advanced. Others to win were Martina Hingis, Juan Martín del Potro, Dudi Sela, Jürgen Melzer, Pauline Paramentier and Virginie Razzano. Lastly, doubles competition began.

Past champions Justine Henin, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Marat Safin, and Roger Federer easily advanced to round 3 (Safin advanced to round 2), while Rafael Nadal overcame severe knee pain to beat Australian wildcard Alun Jones in 4 sets in his opening match. Tim Henman, playing in his final Grand Slam, stunned the crowd by taking out #27 seed Dmitry Tursunov in 4 sets to advance to round 2, joined by players such as Carlos Moyà and Mikhail Youzhny. Other women to advance to round 3 include Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanović, Lucie Šafářová, Marion Bartoli, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, and local favorite Ahsha Rolle. #7 Fernando González lost in his opening match, causing the upset of the tournament so far.

The fourth day of action was all about the favorites, with most of them advancing. #2 seed Maria Sharapova was the highest seed in action on either draw, crushing her opponent Casey Dellacqua and she was joined by other former champions Andy Roddick, Martina Hingis and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round. Richard Gasquet withdrew from his match against Donald Young with a fever and sore throat, and Guillermo Cañas was another casualty. British favourite Andy Murray and James Blake overcame five-set thrillers to advance, while there was also a big upset in the men's doubles draw as defending champions Martin Damm and Leander Paes crashed out. Tomáš Berdych, Tommy Haas, Nikolay Davydenko, Nadia Petrova, Anna Chakvetadze, Patty Schnyder and Nicole Vaidišová were other players to advance.

Radek Štěpánek and Novak Djokovic battled their match for hours, never letting a set go be won with a six-an eventual scoreline that Djokovic can boast of 6-7, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6. Mardy Fish saved match points only to lose despite being a break up in the final set to Tommy Robredo and Agustín Calleri and Philipp Kohlschreiber both pulled off upsets taking out Lleyton Hewitt and Mikhail Youzhny. In the women's draw, heavy favourites Justine Henin, Jelena Janković, Ana Ivanović and Serena and Venus Williams all advanced to the fourth round. They were joined there by Marion Bartoli, Dinara Safina and surprise victor Sybille Bammer who upset Elena Dementieva. The doubles court saw the biggest upset of the tournament when Maria Elena Camerin and Gisela Dulko beat top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 after being down 6-1, 3-1.

The men's fourth round line-up was completed and the women's quarterfinal began to take shape. Carlos Moyà, David Ferrer, Juan Mónaco, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all expectedly made it through in the men's bottom half. Ernests Gulbis became the first Latvian player to make the fourth round of the U.S. Open when he upset eighth seed Tommy Robredo in straight sets and Juan Ignacio Chela got his first ever victory over Ivan Ljubičić. Stanislas Wawrinka also continued his run. In the first of the women's fourth round matches, Justine Henin crushed an erratic Dinara Safina, Serena and Venus Williams both beat dangerous opponents in Marion Bartoli and Ana Ivanović and Jelena Janković needed three sets to get past Austrian Sybille Bammer before eventually prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Home favorite James Blake was the biggest seed to fall as the quarter-final draw was completed on the women's side. Shahar Pe'er put a stop to Agnieszka Radwańska's run, but Julia Vakulenko was unable to halt Ágnes Szávay, a player who had previously never gone past the second round of a grand slam. Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvetadze progressed with relative ease. James Blake threw three match points in his thriller with Tommy Haas, unable to repeat the previous year's showing of a quarterfinal. Andy Roddick was leading when a second opponent, Tomáš Berdych, retired on him in a week. Roger Federer lost the first set but ultimately had a comfortable victory and Nikolay Davydenko progressed, still the only player on the men's side not to drop a set. In men's doubles, the top seeded Bryan brothers were upset by tenth-seeded Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle 7-5, 6-4. It was Aspelin's first time in a Grand Slam semifinal and Knowle's second. In women's doubles, second-seeded Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur were shocked by sixteenth-seeded Bethanie Mattek and Sania Mirza 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Novak Djokovic needed four sets to overcome Juan Mónaco after having a match point in the third set, and set up a meeting with Carlos Moyà who beat Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Juan Ignacio Chela survived unseeded Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets to advance to the quarterfinals. Number one Justine Henin beat Serena Williams to make the women's semifinals, and in a match that ended at 1:50 A.M. local time, David Ferrer caused the biggest upset in the men's draw so far by taking out second-seeded fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a thrilling four-set match.

The men's semifinals began to take shape as Roger Federer overcame Andy Roddick in a thrilling 7-6 7-6 6-2 encounter to move through to the semifinals, where he will face Russian Nikolay Davydenko who beat Tommy Haas earlier in the day, also in straight sets. In the women's draw, the semifinal line-up was complete with three matches taking the court. Anna Chakvetadze was first, cruising past Shahar Pe'er 6-4, 6-1, and will meet compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last four for a place in the final. In the women's night match, Venus Williams beat Jelena Janković in a thrilling encounter, with Venus having to come from a set down to eventually win 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.

David Ferrer continued his scintillating run, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final by defeating Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. The final men's quarterfinal didn't last much longer, with Novak Djokovic holding his nerve to beat Carlos Moyà 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-1 and reach his third Grand Slam semi-final of the year. The mixed doubles competition was completed, with Belorussians Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka overcoming Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Justine Henin came through in straight sets and defeated the Williams sisters in the same tournament. Only Martina Hingis has done this. Henin and Williams battled a classic, while Anna Chakvetadze at first dominated by errors of Svetlana Kuznetsova, but then Chakvetadze had errors and Kuznetsova got by 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Justine Henin cruised to her second U.S. Open championship, crushing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 to win the title. Esther Vergeer once again won a doubles final, this time alongside Jiske Griffioen. Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida won the Wheelchair Men's Doubles final over Robin Ammerlaan and Michael Jeremiasz. In juniors competition, Jonathan Eysseric and Jerome Inzerillo defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Vasek Pospisil to win the title, while Ksenia Milevskaya and Urszula Radwańska domiated their final against Oksana Kalashnikova and Ksenia Lykina.

Roger Federer won for the fourth consecutive year to bring his overall Grand Slam singles titles tally to twelve.

Roger Federer def. Novak Đjoković, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4 Novak Djokovic reached his first ever Grand Slam final.

Simon Aspelin / Julian Knowle def. Lukáš Dlouhý / Pavel Vízner, 7-5, 6-4 Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle both won their first Grand Slam, defeating top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan en route.

Nathalie Dechy / Dinara Safina def. Chan Yung-jan / Chuang Chia-jung, 6-4, 6-2 Nathalie Dechy and Dinara Safina played in last year's doubles finals, however, Dechy was the winner while Safina lost in the final.

The seeded players are listed below.

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Andy Roddick

Infobox last updated on: April 6, 2009.

Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1.

He is the 6th-ranked player in the world, and top-ranked in the U.S., as of March 23, 2009. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 U.S. Open. Roddick has reached three other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon twice, and the U.S. Open), losing to Roger Federer each time. He and Federer are the only players to have finished the season in the ATP top 10 each of the past seven years. Roddick is known for his powerful serves and forehands, and held the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, clocked at 155 mph (249.5 km/h).

Roddick was on the United States Davis Cup team which won the 2007 Davis Cup. Roddick defeated Dmitry Tursunov of the Russian Davis Cup team, the defending champions, in the finals.

Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jerry and Blanche Roddick. Roddick's father was a businessman and his mother was a school teacher. She now directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick has two older brothers, Lawrence and John, (All-American tennis player at University of Georgia (1996-98)) who were both promising tennis players at a young age.

Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 10, then moved to Boca Raton, Florida in the interest of his brother John's tennis career, where he lived until graduating from Highlands Christian Academy in 2000. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999. During that time period, he sometimes trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin.

Roddick began dating singer Mandy Moore in 2002. Moore, after reading a magazine article about him, thought he was really cute, so she sent her mom, who was attending a tournament in Toronto, to invite him to her set on a movie she was shooting nearby, "How to Deal". Roddick accepted and they began dating. Roddick ended the relationship in March 2004.

Roddick was flipping through the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue when he spotted Brooklyn Decker, a fashion model. He had his agent contact hers. The two dated since at least the 2007 Davis Cup. On March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that he and Brooklyn Decker had become engaged and they were then married on April 17, 2009.

Roddick seriously considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17, when he had a losing streak in the juniors. His coach talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention. Roddick finished as the # 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999-2000, and as the # 1 junior in the world in 2000. He won six world junior singles and seven doubles titles, and won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000. In March in Miami, in the first round Roddick had his first major victory as he beat world # 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain, 6-4, 6-0. In August in Washington, DC, he beat world # 30 Fabrice Santoro of France, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final match. Roddick also won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ancic in the final. In 2001, Roddick defeated Michael Chang in 5 sets in the second round of the French Open. During Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević. He also defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion, world # 4, and fellow American Pete Sampras, at the age of 19, at the Miami Masters, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in March, and world # 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in August.

Roddick's breakthrough year was in 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of 2003 Australian Open. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set (21-19 in favor of Roddick) being the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours 23 minutes. (This was surpassed in 2007 during a Wimbledon men's doubles second round match, when Brazilians Marcelo Melo and André Sá beat Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in a 3 hour 5 minute match, with a 28-26 fifth set.) Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club (beating world # 2 Agassi 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) along the way) and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Federer in straight sets. He avenged that loss in August, beating world # 3 Federer in Montreal, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

Roddick's hardcourt record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles – coming at Canada and Cincinnati – and his first Grand Slam title. At the U.S. Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point against him in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1, 6-3. He then defeated world # 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston he defeated world # 7 Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and world # 4 Guillermo Coria of Argentina, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked # 1, the first American to finish a year at # 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.

In April Roddick again beat world # 6 Moya, this time 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 U.S. Open in a five-set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson. Later in September in Bangkok he beat world # 9 Marat Safin of Russia, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. In November he beat world # 7 Tim Henman of Great Britain 7-5, 7-6 (6), world # 4 Safin, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), and world # 6 Coria 7-6 (4), 6-3. Later that year, Roddick teamed up with Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the final in Seville. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. Towards the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine. Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the world # 2, the U.S.'s # 1, and the player with the most aces (1,017). In 2004 Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests (including close friends Ben Campezi and Dean Monroe) from a hotel fire.

Roddick's first 2005 tournament victory was the SAP Open in San Jose, California, where he became the first to win the event in consecutive years since Mark Philippoussis in 1999 and 2000. The top-seeded Roddick defeated Cyril Saulnier 6–0, 6–4 in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975. In March he defeated World No. 7 Carlos Moya 6–7 (4), 6–4, 6–1. In April, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. (He lost in 2003 to Agassi, and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May, Roddick had match point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco was attempted to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in, and the call was consequently changed. Verdasco went on to win the match. At the French Open, Roddick lost to the unseeded Argentine José Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon, Roddick lost to Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. In August, he defeated World No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, 6–4, 7–6 (4) at the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Roddick was defeated by World No. 70 Gilles Müller in the first round. Roddick's last US Open first round loss had been in 2000. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken.

Roddick's first ATP event of the year was the Australian Open. There he reached the fourth round before being upset by unseeded and eventual finalist, Marcos Baghdatis. At the French Open Roddick retired in the first round, after sustaining a foot injury during the match. Two weeks later at Wimbledon, Roddick was upset in the third round by British hopeful Andy Murray. This loss caused Roddick to fall below the top 10 for the first time since 2002. After Wimbledon, Roddick began working with a new coach, tennis legend Jimmy Connors. In his first event with his new coach, Roddick reached the final of Indianapolis before losing to good friend, and fellow American, James Blake. His resurgence finally came at the Cincinnati Masters, where he won the event by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, making this the first masters event he won since 2004. At the U.S. Open, Roddick easily won his first two matches against Florent Serra and Kristian Pless. He then played a thriller five-set match against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6-2 in the final set. Next he beat Benjamin Becker, who was coming off a huge win against recently retired Andre Agassi. In the quarterfinals, Roddick beat Lleyton Hewitt, avenging his loss in 2001, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Now in the semifinals for the first time since he won in 2003, Roddick played Mikhail Youzhny, and beat him 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-3. In the finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon a year prior, Roddick was to play world # 1 Federer. He lost however, 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, 1-6. He then qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, where he defeated world # 4 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-1, but lost in the round robin to world # 1 Federer 6–4, 6–7 (8), 4–6 in a tough three-set battle.

Roddick entered the 2007 Australian Open as the sixth seed. In his first round match, he lost a marathon first-set tiebreak 20-18, but eventually won the match in four sets against wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France. Roddick defeated 26th-seeded Marat Safin in the third round, and 9th seeded Mario Ančić in a five-set fourth round match. Roddick won his quarterfinal match against fellow American Mardy Fish 6–2, 6–2, 6–2. His run ended in the semifinals by world # 1 Federer, who defeated him in straight sets 6–4, 6–0, 6–2, making his head-to-head record against Federer 1-13. In first round Davis Cup action, Roddick helped the U.S. defeat the Czech Republic, winning his singles matches against Ivo Minář and Tomáš Berdych. Roddick reached at least the semifinals of his next two tournaments. He bowed out to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, California, a reprise of 2006. Roddick then defeated Murray in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, before losing in the final to defending champion Tommy Haas 6–3, 6–2. Reaching the final, however, enabled Roddick to overtake Nikolay Davydenko for the world # 3 position, his first week inside the top three since March 6, 2006. At the first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, after beating world # 8 Ljubicic 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-1, Roddick reached the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, lost to world # 2 Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–3.

Roddick then played the Miami Masters, where he retired from his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray due to a left hamstring injury. Roddick then helped the U.S. defeat Spain and advance to the Davis Cup semifinals, winning his lone singles match against Fernando Verdasco 7–6 (5), 6–1, 6–4. However, Roddick re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the Davis Cup tie, and was subsequently forced to pull out of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas. Roddick also announced that he would withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters, citing the injury. His next tournament was at the Internazionali d'Italia. After a first round bye, he won his first match against Gastón Gaudio, where he saved all three break points and fired nine aces. However, he was unable to stop Juan Ignacio Chela in the third round, losing 6–0, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Masters Series Hamburg tournament because, according to his website, he needed time to physically prepare himself for the upcoming French Open. Roddick was seeded third at the French Open, but was eliminated in the first round by Russian Igor Andreev in four sets 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6. Roddick was victorious at the Stella Artois Championships for the fourth time when he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the final 4–6, 7–6 (7), 7–6 (2). At Wimbledon, Roddick was seeded third and considered one of the pre-tournament favorites behind Federer and Nadal. He reached the quarterfinals after wins against Justin Gimelstob of the U.S., Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, and Paul-Henri Mathieu of France. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost in five close sets to Richard Gasquet of France 4–6, 4–6, 7–6 (2), 7–6 (3), 8–6.

During the summer hardcourt season, Roddick played four tournaments in four weeks. Roddick made it to the semifinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, where he was upset by Frank Dancevic of Canada 6–4, 7–6 (1). The next week, however, Roddick claimed his second ATP title of the year by winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. for the third time, when he beat American newcomer John Isner 6–4, 7–6 (4). He then lost in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal to Novak Đoković, and in the third round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio to David Ferrer of Spain. At the U.S. Open, Roddick defeated Gimelstob in the first round 7–6 (6), 6–3, 6–3. He won his next three matches, one in straight sets and the other two when his opponent retired. In the quarterfinals, Roddick once again lost to Federer 7–6 (5), 7–6 (4), 6–2, bringing his head-to-head record with Federer 1-14. There were no breaks of serve and only one break point total in the first two sets, that being on Federer's serve. Two weeks later, Roddick anchored the U.S. Davis Cup team during its 4–1 semifinal defeat of Sweden. Roddick won both his singles matches, opening the tie with a defeat of Joachim Johansson 7–6 (4), 7–6 (3), 6–3, and clinching it with a 6–2, 7–6 (3), 6–4 victory over Jonas Björkman. This was the ninth time in nine tries that Roddick has clinched a tie for the American team.

Roddick's then set his sights on the Madrid Masters, but pulled out, citing a knee injury. At his next tournament two weeks later in Lyon, France, Roddick lost in the first round to frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7–6 (5), 2–6, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Paris Masters, incurring a $22,600 fine for not fulfilling his media obligations at the tournament. At the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Roddick defeated world # 4 Nikolay Davydenko 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 in his first round-robin match, and then defeated world # 7 Fernando González in his next match to become the first player to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament. In his third and final round-robin match, Roddick lost once again to Federer, 6–4, 6–2 for the 15th time in 16 career matches. In the semifinals, Roddick lost 6–1, 6–3 to # 6 seed David Ferrer, who had won all three of his round-robin matches. This was Roddick's third semifinal finish out of the last five years at the Tennis Masters Cup (he reached the semifinals in 2003 and 2004, withdrew in 2005, and failed to advance to the semifinals in 2006 after a 1–2 round-robin record). Roddick finished the year by helping the U.S. defeat Russia and win the 2007 Davis Cup, its 32nd Davis Cup victory but first since 1995. Roddick won his rubber against Dmitry Tursunov 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, before James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan completed the victory. Having secured the tie with an unassailable 3–0 lead, Roddick decided to sit out his second singles match of the tie.

Roddick started 2008 strongly, defeating Ljubičić 6–3, 6–0, and Safin 6–3, 6–3 to reach AAMI Kooyong Classic final for four consecutive seasons. In the final, he defeated Baghdatis 7–5, 6–3 to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. Roddick was seeded sixth in the 2008 Australian Open. In the first round, he defeated Lukáš Dlouhý of the Czech Republic 6–3, 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, he defeated German Michael Berrer 6–2, 6–2, 6–4. He then lost to the # 29 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round in a 5-set match 4–6, 6–3, 6–7 (9), 7–6 (3), 6–8. Despite losing, Roddick served a career-high of 42 aces in a match. Roddick won his 24th career title and his 3rd title at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. He defeated the Czech Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5. Roddick's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championships. He made it to the semi-finals by defeating world # 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain 7–6 (5), 6–2, his first victory over Nadal since the second round of the 2004 US Open. The win also marked Roddick's first victory over a player ranked in the top two since June 2003. He progressed through to the finals by defeating world # 3 and 2008 Australian Open Singles Champion Novak Djokovic 7–6 (5), 6–3 in the semi-final. By making it to the final, he became the first American to reach the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships final in the tournament's 16-year history. In the final he defeated Feliciano López 6–7 (8), 6–4, 6–2, to win his 25th career title.

Following Roddick's quarterfinal match in Dubai, he announced that he had split with his coach of two years, Jimmy Connors. Connors had resigned a week earlier, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Roddick would continue to be coached by his brother, John Roddick. He then fell to former world # 2 Tommy Haas at the Indian Wells Masters in the 2nd round, 6–4, 6–4. At the 2008 Miami Masters, Roddick advanced to the semifinals after defeating world # 1 Federer 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 an hour after proposing to Brooklyn Decker, bringing his head-to-head record against Federer to 2-15. Roddick improved to 3-0 against top-3 players in 2008. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (5), 2-6. Roddick's next tournament was the Masters tournament in Rome. There he equaled his best result by reaching the semifinals, where he retired against Stanislas Wawrinka in the pair's first encounter, due to a back injury.

Roddick was forced to pull out of the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury. After a visit to a doctor in New York it was determined this was nothing more than an inflammation of the rotator cuff. His first tournament after the shoulder injury was the Artois Championship, his annual Wimbledon preparation, where he was the defending champion after winning the title last year, one of four wins at the tournament. In the tournament, Roddick defeated Mardy Fish and Andy Murray before losing to eventual champion Nadal in the semifinals. In the 2008 Wimbledon, Roddick suffered a 2nd round defeat to Serbia's Janko Tipsarević 6–7 (5), 7–5, 6–4, 7–6 (4). This was his earliest exit at Wimbledon. Roddick was beaten at the Toronto Masters in the third round by Marin Čilić, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. He was then forced to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters following a neck injury, which he said may have been caused by a poor sleeping posture. He stated in an interview that the neck injury had nothing to do with his shoulder injury. Roddick did not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics, with his reason being to concentrate on the 2008 US Open. In order to prepare for the US Open, Roddick then played in the smaller hard court tournaments in the US Open Series, including those at Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, Roddick lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the final, 1-6, 6-7 (2).

At the 2008 US Open, Roddick defeated Fabrice Santoro in the first round 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Roddick then won his next 3 matches against Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Seppi, and Fernando González. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost to the World No. 3 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5) bringing his head-to-head record to 1-2. Roddick captured his 26th ATP title in Beijing at the China Open on September 28, 2008. He defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3. The victory was part of Roddick's strong showing in Asia, as he reached the semifinal round of the AIG Japan Open where he lost to eventual champion Tomáš Berdych after squandering a 5-3 lead in the third and deciding set. In the third round of the Madrid Masters he lost to Frenchman Gaël Monfils in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. Two weeks later, Roddick reached the quarterfinals of Paris Masters by defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-3, 7-5, before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Due to his performance in the tournament, Roddick automatically qualified for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. At the Masters Cup in Shanghai, he played Andy Murray in his first round robin match and lost 4-6, 6-1, 1-6. He was then scheduled to play Federer, but retired due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Štěpánek. He hired Larry Stefanki as his new coach, and started working with him on December 1. Stefanki had previously trained John McEnroe, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Fernando González, and Tim Henman. Under his guidance both Marcelo Rios and Kafelnikov became world number one.

After losing the exhibition championship Capitala World Tennis in Abu Dhabi, Roddick began his 2009 season by playing at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. He defeated Ivan Navarro, Arnaud Clement, and Victor Hanescu in the early rounds. In the semifinals he beat Gaël Monfils in a closely fought match, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3, to set up a final with Andy Murray, which he lost 6–4, 6–2. At the first round of the 2009 Australian Open, Roddick beat Bjorn Rehnquist, before Roddick battled from a set down to defeat Xavier Malisse 4–6, 6–2, 7–6 (1), 6–2 in the second. After following this up with victories over Fabrice Santoro and 21-seed Tommy Robredo, Roddick played the defending champion and world # 3 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic retired in the fourth set, 6–7 (3), 6–4, 6–2, 2–1, allowing Roddick to reach the fourth Australian Open semifinal of his career and brings his head-to-head record to 2-2 against Djokovic. Roddick was defeated in the semifinals by eventual runner-up Federer, 6–2, 7–5, 7–5, bringing their head-to-head series to 2-16.

In the SAP Open, Roddick beat qualifier Michael Ryderstedt 6-0, 7-6 (3) in 62 minutes. He defeated his next opponent, Ernests Gulbis, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Roddick saved four break points on serve in the second set, and converted on his first of three match points in the tie-break to secure the win in one hour and 20 minutes. He then snapped a three-match losing streak against Tommy Haas in his quarterfinal match, securing the 7-5, 6-4. Roddick, whose last win against Haas had come in the 2005 San Jose semifinals, now has a 4-7 head-to-head record against the former World # 2 tennis player. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-6. It was the first time in five matches between the two players that Roddick had lost. In the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Roddick beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the first round, and quickly defeated Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-3 in the second. He defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. There Roddick defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 7-6 , 6-4, to reach the final. He took his first title of the year by beating Stepanek in the championship match, 7-5, 7-5. He had to recover from being up a break and losing serve in the first set, but broke serve to take the opener. The two remained on serve throughout the second set until Roddick broke to take the match.

Roddick did not defend his Dubai title, with prize money of over $2 million, to protest the UAE's refusal to grant Israeli Shahar Pe'er a visa for the WTA event. "I really didn't agree with what went on over there," Roddick said.

Roddick entered the 2009 BNP Paribas Open as the number 7 seed. He received a bye in the first round and beat Daniel Koellerer 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the second. In the third round, he beat veteran Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 7-6 (4). He defeated David Ferrer in the fourth round 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 to secure his place in the quarterfinals where he met defending champion Novak Djokovic whom he'd beaten earlier in the year and against whom he held a 2-2 win/loss record. Roddick prevailed in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. His run was ended by World # 1 Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-7 (4). However, he managed to win the doubles title partnering Mardy Fish, defeating Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 3-6, 6-1, 14-12 in the final. IT was his fourth doubles title overall, and his second partnering Fish.

At the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick was given a first round bye and defeated Diego Junqueira 6-1, 6-1 in the second. In the third round he defeated the number 25 seed Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (9), 6-2. He beat Frenchman and number 9 seed Gaël Monfils 7-6 (2), 6-2 to secure a place in the quarterfinals and a meeting with Roger Federer, whom he had beaten in the same round in 2008. This year, however, he was beaten after fighting off three break points in the second set; 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, bringing their head-to-head record to 2-17.

As of April 11, Roddick had the second-best winning percentage among Americans on clay; .663 to .714 of Wayne Odesnik.

With his 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008 for the deciding victory in the best-of-five 2008 quarterfinal Davis Cup match with France, Roddick improved to 10-0 in clinching situations for the United States. In his second singles victory in three days, he was held to 17 aces, down from 30 against Michael Llodra a few days prior. Roddick improved to 31-11 for the US in Davis Cup matches, trailing only John McEnroe (41). His win against the 12th-ranked Mathieu was part of a strong month in which he beat the tour's top three players -- Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.

Roddick is often called "A-Rod," referring to his first initial and the first three letters of his last name, and a reference to baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez who already has that nickname.

Roddick uses a discontinued version of the Babolat Pure Drive, extended to 27.5 inches. The racquet itself is heavily customised with additional weight placed in the head via the use of lead tape. The resulting racquet exhibits a more head heavy balance point and a higher swingweight that the stock model with a higher overall weight, though this is similar to the model he endorses at approximately 12oz. Modifications of this sort are not uncommon for professional players. Currently his racquet is strung with Pro Hurricane Tour strings at a tension of 62lbs.

Roddick's racquets are painted to resemble the Pure Drive Roddick Plus with Cortex racquet in order to market a current model which Babolat sells. The cortex in particular is visibly painted onto the racquet. For marketing purposes Roddick endorses the Pure Drive Roddick Plus Cortex Racquet with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour strings (of yellow color), a signature racquet designed for him by racquet sponsor Babolat, which is slightly heavier (11.9 oz), stiffer (Babolat RDC index 72), and longer (27.5") than the standard Pure Drive Series (11.3 oz, Babolat RDC 71, 27"). The racquet is designed for a strong service due to its weight, stiffness, and length. According to Tennis Warehouse, the best one for this fundamental. He strings with a custom hybrid (Pro Hurricane Tour + VS). Roddick's tension varies, but he mostly strings his racquets to a tension of roughly 64 or 65 pounds.

Roddick also uses Babolat Propulse II tennis shoes, which are his signature gear. In matches, Roddick wears shirts, shorts, and caps manufactured for him by Lacoste.

Roddick's plays an offensive baseline playing style. Roddick is known for his powerful first serve, usually serving at around 130-150 mph (209~242 km/h), which he uses to earn free points with aces or put himself into position to hit a forehand winner. His first serve is known to some as the "Roddick Serve" since he abbreviates the serve by removing part of the motion. He usually targets the two corners to win aces. As for his second serve, he usually employs a heavy kick serve, then tries to use a variety of spins, slices, and angles in the rally to throw off his opponent and position himself for a winning shot. He is noted to use heavy topsin on both his serves and his twist serve is probably the highest-kicking serve anyone hits. Roddick will also occasionally use the serve-and-volley tactic on both first and second services to surprise his opponent, though he generally prefers to remain near the baseline after a serve. Despite all this, Roddick is sometimes criticized for his lack of variety. Lately, under new coach Larry Stefanki, Roddick has been developing his volleying skills. Roddick's backhand is also considered to have improved over the course of his career .

On April 5, 2002, Roddick guest-starred on the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as himself. In the episode, Sabrina summoned him so he could give her tennis lessons.

Roddick appeared on the The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn talk show in 2002 and 2003, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in 2003, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2004 and 2005, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005 and 2007, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2006. Roddick also appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on June 8, 2007. The two had humorous conversations about life beyond the court, other players, and on-court fashions. At one point during the interview, Ross sat on Roddick's lap to try to make him feel uncomfortable.

Roddick hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003, becoming the second tennis player, (the first having been Chris Evert) and the first male tennis player to host (while Chris Evert is the only female tennis player to host SNL).

Roddick also appeared on a 2004 episode of the Anne Robinson Version of The Weakest Link, but ended up being voted off.

Roddick is in a This is SportsCenter ad with Stuart Scott, in which he confronts the Sports Center anchor about the anchors not calling him "A-Rod," and asks him "Did Alex Rodriguez put you up to this?" Scott replies "Who?" Roddick says "A-Rod!" Scott gets a sneaky look on his face, and Roddick leaves disgusted.

The June/July 2007 issue of Men's Fitness magazine carried an article on Roddick. The cover shot featured the tennis ace in a t-shirt, straining to contain massive, pumped-up biceps and hulking shoulder and chest muscles. The image set off widespread online speculation that the magazine had altered Roddick's likeness, a suspicion echoed by Roddick himself. Roddick has quipped that he saw the photo, and that Nadal wanted his arms back.

In March 2009, Andy Roddick appeared in the "Speed Feels Better" music video for singer / songwriter, Michael Tolcher. Other athlete greats in the video include Amanda Beard, Barry Sanders, Kimmie Meissner, and Rick Ankiel.

In 2004, Roddick produced the fastest serve in professional tennis: 249.4 km/h (155 mph) during a Davis Cup semi-final match with Vladimir Voltchkov on hard court in Charleston. Earlier that year, Roddick had the fastest serve in U.S. Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph) against American Scoville Jenkins. Roddick also won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.

That same year he won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which included: raising money for the survivors of the tsunami following 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake through Serving for Tsunami Relief and other efforts; auctioning off several rackets and autographs to raise money for UNICEF; and creating the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at-risk youth. The foundation is partly funded through the sale of blue wristbands inscribed "No Compromise," inspired by Lance Armstrong's yellow Livestrong wristbands.

In 2007 Roddick and the Andy Roddick Foundation was awarded by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Roddick was the first male tennis player ever to receive the award.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. This table is current through the 2009 Miami Masters that are currently being played.

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Roger Federer

Federer in Cincinnati during the 2005 US Open Series

Infobox last updated on: April 6, 2009.

Roger Federer (pronounced /ˈrɒdʒə ˈfɛdərər/; born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 2. He was the World No. 1 ranked player for a record 237 consecutive weeks, from February 2, 2004, to August 17, 2008. Federer is widely considered to be one of the greatest male singles tennis players of all time.

Federer has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles (3 Australian Open, 5 Wimbledon, 5 US Open), currently just one shy of all-time leader Pete Sampras. He also has won 4 ATP World Tour Finals titles, 14 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, and 26 standard ATP tour titles. He holds numerous records in the sport, including having appeared in 10 consecutive Grand Slam men's singles finals (2005 Wimbledon Championships through the 2007 US Open) and 19 consecutive Grand Slam singles semifinals (2004 Wimbledon–present). He also holds the open era records for most consecutive wins on both grass courts (65) and hard courts (56). He also has a storied rivalry with Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who succeeded Federer as the World No. 1 player in 2008.

As a result of Federer's successes in the sport, he has been named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 4 consecutive years (2005–08).

Federer was born in Basel, to Swiss-German Robert Federer and South African Lynette Federer (née Durand). He grew up in suburban Münchenstein, ten minutes from Basel and close to the borders of France and Germany. Federer considers Swiss German his first language. He also speaks German, French and English fluently, and conducts press conferences in all four. He is Roman Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome.

In addition to tennis, he also played football as a boy and considered becoming a professional footballer before deciding to pursue a career in tennis. He is a fervent supporter of his hometown club FC Basel. As a youngster, he enjoyed watching former world #1 Chilean player Marcelo Ríos in action. In addition to Rios, he especially liked Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, and has cited the three as his idols.

Federer is also highly involved in various charities. He established the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 to help disadvantaged people and to promote sports to youth. He was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF in 2006. Since then, he has visited South Africa and Tamil Nadu, one of the worst tsunami-affected areas in India. He has also appeared in UNICEF public messages to raise public awareness of AIDS.

Federer is married to former Women's Tennis Association player Miroslava "Mirka" Vavrinec. They met while competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Vavrinec retired from the tour in 2002 because of a persistent foot injury and has since been working as Federer's public relations manager. They were married in Basel on 11 April 2009, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family at Wenkenhof Villa (municipality of Riehen), and are expecting their first child, reportedly a boy.

In 2007, Federer was photographed by Annie Leibowitz as King Arthur. This was part of a series of photographs of celebrities for Disney's Year of a Million Dreams project.

He maintains a close relationship with musician Gavin Rossdale, pro golfer Tiger Woods and pro footballer Thierry Henry. He was recently in an ad for men's razors with Woods, Henry and New York Yankees baseball player for the US market,Derek Jeter.

Federer started playing tennis at the age of six. He began participating in group lessons at the age of nine and began weekly private coaching when he was ten. He also played football until the age of twelve when he decided to focus solely on tennis. At fourteen, he became the national champion of all groups in Switzerland and was chosen to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Ecublens. He joined the ITF junior tennis circuit in July 1996. In 1998, his final year as a junior, Federer won the junior Wimbledon title and the prestigious year-ending Orange Bowl. He was recognized as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion of the year.

In July 1998, Federer joined the ATP tour at Gstaad. The following year he debuted for the Swiss Davis Cup team against Italy and finished the year ranked as the youngest player in the top 100. In 2000, Federer reached the semifinals at the Sydney Olympics and lost the bronze medal match to Arnaud di Pasquale of France. Federer reached his first final in Marseille losing to Marc Rosset and was also the runner-up in Basel. He failed to make an impression at Grand Slams and Masters Series tournaments, and ended the year ranked 29th. (All results and ranking history from ATP).

Federer challenged for the top ranking during 2003, finishing the year at World no.2, just behind Andy Roddick and just ahead of Juan Carlos Ferrero.

In the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Federer lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open to David Nalbandian. He then won two hard court tournaments in Marseille and Dubai before being upset in early round matches at the Masters Series tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. On clay, Federer won the tournament in Munich, was the runner-up at the Masters Series tournament in Rome, and lost in the third round of the Masters Series tournament in Hamburg. Federer was seeded fifth at the French Open but lost to Luis Horna in the first round.

Federer was undefeated on grass in 2003, winning both of the grass court tournaments he played. A victory against Nicolas Kiefer in the final of the tournament in Halle was followed by his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon. He defeated Roddick in the semifinals and Mark Philippoussis in the final and lost only one set during the tournament, to Mardy Fish in the third round.

During the North American summer hard court season, Federer lost to Roddick in the semifinals of the Masters Series tournament in Montreal and to Nalbandian in the second round of the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Nalbandian again defeated Federer, this time in the fourth round.

During the autumn, Federer played four consecutive indoor tournaments in Europe. He won the tournament in Vienna but failed to reach the finals of the tournament in Basel and the Masters Series tournaments in Madrid and Paris. To end the year, Federer won the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston. As the third-seeded player, he defeated Andre Agassi, Nalbandian, and Ferrero during the round robin competition before beating World no.1 Roddick in the semifinals and Agassi in the final.

Roger Federer had one of the most dominating and successful years in the open era of modern men's tennis. He won three of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments, did not lose a match to anyone ranked in the top ten, won every final he reached, and was named the ITF Tennis World Champion. His win–loss record for the year was 74–6 with 11 titles.

He won his first Australian Open singles title by defeating Marat Safin in the final in straight sets. This win saw him supplant Andy Roddick as the World No. 1, a ranking he would hold for four years until August 18, 2008. He successfully defended his Wimbledon singles title by defeating Roddick in the final and won his first US Open singles title by defeating Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Federer was the top-seeded player at the Athens Olympics but lost in the second round to Tomáš Berdych 4–6, 7–5, 7–5. He finished the year by taking the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston for the second consecutive year, defeating Hewitt in the final. Federer's only loss at a Grand Slam tournament was at the French Open, where he lost to former World No. 1 and 3-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten in straight sets.

Federer did not have a coach during 2004, relying instead on his fitness trainer Pierre Paganini, physiotherapist Pavel Kovac, and a management team composed of his parents, girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec, and a few friends.

At the start of the year, Federer hired former Australian tennis player Tony Roche to coach him on a limited basis. He then reached the Australian Open semifinals before falling to eventual winner Marat Safin 5–7, 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(6), 9–7 in a five-set night match that lasted more than four hours. He rebounded to win the year's first two ATP Masters Series titles: Indian Wellsdefeating Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in straight sets and Miami, defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in five sets after being down two sets to love, and two points from defeat. He won his third Hamburg clay court title in May by defeating Richard Gasquet, to whom he had earlier lost in Monte Carlo. He then entered the French Open as one of the favorites, but lost a four set semifinal to eventual winner Nadal.

Federer won three of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments for the second consecutive year and ended the year ranked number one, with his points ranking several thousand points greater than World No.2 Nadal's total. Federer won the year's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, by defeating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. In March, Federer successfully defended his titles at the Indian Wells and Miami Masters, and became the first player ever to win the Indian Wells-Miami double in consecutive years. Federer then started the clay-court season by reaching the final of the ATP Masters Series event at Monte Carlo losing in four sets to Rafael Nadal. He then reached the Rome Masters final where he lost to Nadal in an epic five-set match that culminated in a decisive tiebreak. Federer chose not to defend his title at the Hamburg Masters, where he had won in the previous two years. At the French Open Federer advanced to the final for the first time but lost to defending champion Nadal in four sets. Although the clay Grand Slam title eluded him, Federer became one of only two active players who had reached the finals of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments, the other being Andre Agassi.

Federer won his third Australian Open and tenth Grand Slam singles title when he won the tournament without dropping a set defeated Fernando González of Chile in the final. He was the first man since Björn Borg in 1980 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament without losing a set. His winning streak of 41 consecutive matches ended when he lost to Guillermo Cañas in the second round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, after winning this tournament three consecutive years. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida, Federer again lost to Cañas, this time in the fourth round in three sets. He was awarded four ATP Awards during a ceremony at the tournament, making him the first player to receive four awards during the same year.

Federer started his clay-court season by reaching his second consecutive final of the Monte Carlo Masters. As in 2006, he lost to second seeded Rafael Nadal. Federer lost in the third round of the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome to Filippo Volandri. This defeat meant he had gone four tournaments without a title, his longest stretch since becoming World No. 1. On May 20, 2007, however, Federer defeated Nadal on clay for the first time, winning the Hamburg Masters tournament, and ending Nadal's record of 81 consecutive match wins on clay. At the French Open, Federer reached the final for the second consecutive year but lost to Nadal for the third consecutive time. The day after the final, Federer announced that he was withdrawing from the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, which he had won the last four years. He cited fatigue and fear of getting an injury. He therefore entered Wimbledon for the first time without having played a warm-up grass-court tournament. Despite this, Federer once again defeated Nadal in five sets in the final. With the win over Nadal, Federer tied Björn Borg's record of five Wimbledons in a row.

Federer won the Cincinnati Masters title for the second time, beating James Blake in the final, to collect his 50th career singles title, his 14th ATP Masters Series title, and the 2007 US Open Series points race.

Federer entered the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup where he lost his first round robin match to the 2007 Australian Open runner-up, Fernando González, 3–6 7–6(1) 7–5 . This marked the first time a player had defeated Federer in the round robin of the Tennis Masters Cup and González's first win against Federer. Federer went on to defeat Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–1 in the semifinals and David Ferrer in the final 6–2, 6–3, 6–2.

Federer began the year by attempting to defend his title at the Australian Open. He lost, however, in the semifinals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic 7–5, 6–3, 7–6(5). This ended his male record of ten consecutive Grand Slam finals. It was the first time that Federer had lost in straight sets in a Grand Slam singles match since he lost in the third round of the 2004 French Open. His last straight-sets loss at a hard court Grand Slam tournament was during the fourth round of the 2002 US Open.

In March, Federer revealed that he had recently been diagnosed with mononucleosis and that he may have suffered from it as early as December 2007. Federer also had an illness related to food poisoning prior to the start of the Australian Open. He noted, however, that he was now "medically cleared to compete".

Although Federer was seeded first and was the defending champion at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, he lost to Andy Murray in the first round with a score of 6–7(6), 6–3, 6–4. On March 10, Federer won his third exhibition match out of four against former World No. 1 and fourteen-time Grand Slam singles titlist Pete Sampras at Madison Square Garden in New York City 6–3, 6–7, 7–6.

At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, the first Tennis Masters Series event of the year, Federer lost in the semifinals to American Mardy Fish for the first time, thus ending his 41-match winning streak against American players dating back to August 2003. Federer's next tournament was the 2008 Miami Masters, where he lost in the quarterfinals to American Andy Roddick. Roddick's last official win against him was in 2003.

Federer began the clay court season at the Estoril Open in Portugal. This was his first tournament with coach José Higueras and his first non-Master Series clay-court tournament since Gstaad in 2004. Federer won his first tournament of the year when Nikolay Davydenko retired from the final while trailing 7–6, 1–2 with a leg ligament strain.

Federer then played three Masters Series tournaments on clay. At the Masters Series Monte Carlo, Federer lost to three-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final in straight sets. Federer made 44 unforced errors, lost a 4–0 lead in the second set, and fell to 1–7 against Nadal on clay courts. At the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Radek Štěpánek 7–6(4), 7–6(7). Federer was the defending champion at the Masters Series Hamburg and won his first four matches in straight sets to set up a repeat of the previous year's final against Nadal. In the first set of the final, Federer built a 5–1 lead and served for the set twice. Nadal, however, won six consecutive games to win the set 7–5. Nadal again broke Federer's serve in the opening game of the second set, but Federer broke back and won the set 7–6(3). Nadal then won the third set 6–3 and the tournament.

At the French Open, Federer was defeated quickly by Nadal in the final 6–1, 6–3, 6–0. The last time Federer had lost a set 6–0 was his first round match in 1999 against Byron Black at the Artois Championships played at Queen's Club in London. This was also the fourth consecutive year that Federer and Nadal had played at the French Open, with Federer losing his third consecutive final to Nadal as well as their semifinal match in 2005. Federer's record of 23–4 (2005–08) at the French Open is second only to Nadal's record of 28–0 during the same period.

Federer bounced back by winning the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany without dropping a set or a service game. This was the fifth time he had won this event. With this result, he tied Pete Sampras's record for most titles on grass in the open era with ten.

At Wimbledon, Federer reached his 17th consecutive Grand Slam singles semifinal and his 16th Grand Slam final, tying Björn Borg for fourth most in male tennis history. He once again played World No. 2 Nadal in the final. A victory for Federer would mean his sixth consecutive Wimbledon singles title, breaking Borg's modern era record and equaling the all-time record held since 1886 by William Renshaw. Federer saved two championship points in the fourth set tiebreak but eventually lost the match 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7. The rain-delayed match ended in near darkness after 4 hours, 48 minutes of play, making it the longest (in terms of elapsed time) men's final in Wimbledon recorded history. It concluded 7 hours, 15 minutes after its scheduled start. The defeat also ended Federer's 65 match winning streak on grass. John McEnroe described the match as "The greatest match I've ever seen." After Nadal surpassed him as World No. 1 later in the year, Federer stated that his main goal would be to regain the Wimbledon title rather than the top spot.

Federer made early exits in his next two singles tournaments. At the Masters Series Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, Federer lost in the second round to Gilles Simon after receiving a first round bye. At the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Federer was the defending champion but lost in the third round to Ivo Karlović for the first time in seven matches between them.

Federer was chosen to carry the national flag at the Beijing Olympics. At the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to James Blake for the first time in their nine matches. Federer however, finally won his first Olympic gold medal in the men's doubles when he and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka upset the World No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States in the semifinals and defeated Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson in the final, 6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–3. The following day, Federer lost his World No. 1 ranking to Nadal after a record 237 consecutive weeks.

At the US Open, Federer reached the fourth round without dropping a set. There, he defeated Russian Igor Andreev 6–7(5), 7–6(5), 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Gilles Müller in straight sets and then, in a rematch of the 2007 US Open final, he topped third-seeded Novak Djokovic in the semifinals 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2. On a Monday final, he defeated Andy Murray 6–2, 7–5, 6–2 to win his 13th Grand Slam title and his fifth straight US Open title and extended his US Open winning streak to 34 matches. Federer became the first player in tennis history to have five consecutive wins at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

At the 2008 Madrid Masters, Federer reached the semifinals without losing a set. He lost to Murray, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5. Meanwhile, he became the all-time leader in career prize money in men's tennis, earning over US$43.3 million at the end of the tournament and surpassing former World No. 1 and 14-time Grand Slam champion, Pete Sampras.

Federer won his 57th career title at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, beating David Nalbandian in the final, 6–3, 6–4. He became the only player to win the title three consecutive years. He reached the quarterfinals of his next event, the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris before withdrawing because of back pain. This was the first time in Federer's career of 763 matches that he had withdrawn from a tournament. This meant that 2008 was his first since 2003 in which he did not win a Masters Series title.

Federer entered the Tennis Masters Cup as the top-seeded player after Nadal withdrew from the tournament. He drew Gilles Simon, Andy Murray, and Andy Roddick in the Red Group. In his opening match, Federer lost to Simon 4–6, 6–4, 6–3. Simon became just the second man to defeat Federer in the round robin stage of the Tennis Masters Cup. Federer kept his hopes alive by defeating Roddick's replacement, Radek Stepanek, 7–6(4), 6–4. In his third match, he faced Murray in a repeat of the US Open final and Madrid semifinal. Murray went on to win the match 4–6, 7–6(3), 7–5, although Federer came back from trailing 5–2 in the second set and 3–0 in the third set. Federer had also received medical treatment for back and hip problems in the third set and lost after saving seven match points. This was the first time that Federer had not advanced to the semifinal stage of the event. However, Federer still ended the year ranked World No. 2.

In preparation for the Australian Open, Federer played two exhibition tournaments and one official tournament. He lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the Capitala World Tennis exhibition in Abu Dhabi. He then lost in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour 250 series tournament in Doha, Qatar to Murray 6–7(6), 6–2, 6–2. Federer won the AAMI Classic exhibition in Melbourne when he defeated fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka in the final 6–1, 6–3.

Federer defeated each of his first three opponents in straight sets at the Australian Open, including former World No. 1 Marat Safin in the third round 6–3, 6–2, 7–6. In the fourth round, Federer rallied from two sets down to defeat Tomas Berdych 4–6, 6–7(5), 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, which was truly a showcase for his mental and physical abilities. Federer reached his record 19th consecutive Grand Slam semifinal by defeating eighth seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–0, 6–0 in only 80 minutes. Federer then defeated another former World No. 1, Andy Roddick, 6–2, 7–5, 7–5 to advance to his 18th Grand Slam final (one behind the all time record set by Ivan Lendl). In the final, Federer was defeated by long-time rival Rafael Nadal in their first meeting on a hard court in a Grand Slam tournament. The match lasted over four hours with Nadal victorious in five sets. Federer broke down in tears during the trophy presentation and struggled to make his runner-up speech. Federer blamed the defeat on a lack of rhythm in his first serve.

Federer then withdrew from the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and from Switzerland's Davis Cup tie against the U.S. because of a back injury he sustained in late 2008. He stated that this is "a precautionary measure" to make sure his back is "fully rehabilitated ... for the rest of the 2009 season".

On March 4, Federer's agent, Tony Godsick, announced that the Australian tennis coach Darren Cahill was working with Federer, on a trial basis, at Federer's training base in Dubai. One week later, Cahill opted out of the coaching position, citing the travel commitment needed.

Federer played both of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series tournaments in the United States. At the 2009 Indian Wells Masters, Federer lost to Murray in the semifinals 6–3, 4–6, 6–1. At the 2009 Miami Masters, Federer defeated his first three opponents in straight sets after receiving a first round bye and Roddick in the quarterfinals 6–3, 4–6, 6–4. In the semifinals against Novak Djokovic, Federer lost 3–6, 6–2, 6–3, a match that included Federer's smashing of his racket in frustration after missing an easy shot.

After initially deciding not to participate, Federer accepted a last-minute wildcard entry at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, his first clay court event of the year. He lost to Wawrinka for the first time in the third round 6–4, 7–5. His next scheduled tournament is the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, another ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series event on clay.

Federer has a versatile, all-court playing style and can hit all of the fundamental shots with a high degree of proficiency. His versatility was epitomised when Jimmy Connors said "In an era of specialists - you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist... or you're Roger Federer". He is an adept volleyer and an excellent baseliner who can dictate play with precise groundstrokes from both wings. While there seems to be no definite answer regarding which forehand grip he uses, most agree the grip is between eastern and slightly semi-western. He can generate extreme top-spin with the forehand, allowing him to open up cross-court angles while still hitting the ball with pace. He keeps his eyes locked on the contact point longer than most players and keeps his head fairly still despite his speed of swing. David Foster Wallace described the exceptional speed, fluidity and brute force of this forehand motion as "a great liquid whip", while John McEnroe has referred to it as "the greatest shot in our sport". Federer plays with a one-handed backhand, and has an excellent slice, and can also fire top-spin winning shots. Federer tends to hit his groundstrokes early, while the ball is still on the rise, much like Andre Agassi did. While this requires excellent reactions and footwork, it means that Federer hits his groundstrokes closer to the net than most of his opponents. This reduces the reaction time of his opponents and allows him to hit the angled winners that are a trademark of his game.

His serve is difficult to read because he tosses the ball in the same spot no matter where he intends to serve it and he turns his back to his opponents during his motion. His first serve is typically around 190 km/h (However, he is capable of serving at 220 km/h).

Federer currently plays with a customized Wilson (K)Factor (K)Six-One Tour 90 tennis raquet, which is characterised by its smaller hitting surface (customized) (90 square inch), heavy weight (customized)(12.7 oz strung weight), and thin beam (18 mm). His grip size is 4 3/8" (L3). Federer strings his racquets at a 46-54 pounds tension (depending on his opponent and surface), although at Wimbledon 2008 he was stringing at around 48 pounds with natural gut main strings (Wilson Natural Gut 16 String) and polyester cross strings (Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 16L String). Federer also uses Wilson Pro Overgrip, 3 power pads placed at the throat of his racquet, and 10 Babolat Elasto-Cross 2 string savers to extend the life of the natural gut strings. (placed alternately on the fourth and sixth cross string) Federer endorses Wilson tennis racquets and accessories with a lifetime contract and Nike footwear and apparel (he wears the Nike Air Vapor VI and Nike Polo shirts). For the 2006 championships at Wimbledon, Nike designed a jacket emblazoned with a crest of three tennis racquets symbolizing the three Wimbledon Championships he had previously won. This jacket was updated in preparation for the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, with four racquets. In Wimbledon 2008, Nike even made him a personalized cardigan which exuded stylishness and had the mark of the supreme champion. He now has his own logo, an R and F joined together. He also has endorsement deals from various other companies, many of them being Swiss. He also endorses Gillette and Jura, a Swiss based company. In addition, he has had a long standing endorsement deal with Mercedes Benz. He also launched a fragrance called RF Cosmetics in 2003.

With 57 career singles titles, Federer is tied for eighth on the open era career singles titles list. Time Magazine named Federer as one of the 100 most influential people in 2007.

Roger Federer holds a number of records in tennis history, the most prominent being winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year three times: 2004, 2006, and 2007.

Federer has won numerous awards during his tennis career.

Federer was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2005. He also won this award in 2006 through 2008.

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2009 Monte Carlo Masters in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

NMS - neither an ATP Masters Series 1000 event nor an ATP Masters Series event.

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