Swiss tennis player Roger Federer became the top-ranked singles player in the world in 2004. That year he won three of the four major tournaments in tennis, capturing the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the United States Open.
Roger Federer, born in 1981, Swiss professional tennis player. He is known for his quickness, power, and versatility, possessing a deep arsenal of shots and the ability to excel on all surfaces.
Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland, the son of a Swiss father and a South African mother. He began playing tennis at the age of eight. In 1998 he won the Wimbledon junior singles title and finished the year as the top-ranked junior player in the world. He turned professional later that year, and he won his first tournament on the pro tour in 2001. Also in 2001 he defeated Pete Sampras in the fourth round at Wimbledon, ending Samprasís 31-match winning streak in that tournament.
Federer won his first grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2003. (The four grand slam events in tennis are Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open, and the United States Open.) In February 2004, after winning the Australian Open, he reached the top spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings for the first time. Also that year Federer captured a second Wimbledon title and his first U.S. Open crown. His record against other players ranked in the top ten in the world in 2004 was 18-0.
Federer has represented Switzerland numerous times in international Davis Cup competition. Although he failed to win a medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Federer was given the honor of carrying the Swiss flag during the opening ceremonies.
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