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Mind-blowing facts about Australian Open winner Roger Federer

January 29, 2017 18:11 IST

Factbox on Switzerland's Roger Federer, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men's singles final on Sunday.

Roger Federer

IMAGE: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates. Photographs: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Born: August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. (Age: 35)

Roger Federer claims Australian Open

GRAND SLAM TITLES (18):

Australian Open 2004, 2006-07, 2010, 2017; French Open 2009; Wimbledon, 2003-2007, 2009, 2012; US Open 2004-2008

* Bursts on to the scene in 2001 when he ends Pete Sampras's 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round before losing in quarter-finals.

* In 2003, becomes the first Swiss man to win a grand slam after beating Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final.

PLAYING CAREER

* Only man to win five consecutive titles at two different grand slams -- Wimbledon and US Open.

* First man to win Wimbledon-U.S. Open double four years in a row.

* Only man in the professional era to win three consecutive majors twice in his career when he captured the 2007 Australian Open title.

* Matched Bjorn Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles in 2007.

* His run of reaching 10 consecutive grand slam finals is ended by Novak Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open semi-finals.

* The 2008 five-set epic final at Wimbledon is regarded by many as the best ever tennis match. He lost the match to Rafael Nadal.

* His 2009 French Open crown made him the sixth man -- after Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Andre Agassi -- to have won all four grand slam titles during his career. Nadal later became the seventh to achieve the feat.

* Breaks American Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles with his 15th win in the 2009 Wimbledon final to reclaim the world number one spot from Nadal.

* His record run of reaching 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals is snapped by Robin Soderling in the last eight of the 2010 French Open. That record is widely considered as one of the most astonishing in sport as it means Federer finished in the top four at a major for almost six successive years. His streak is more than double the previous record held by Ivan Lendl, who reached 10 consecutive major semis.

* Becomes the 23rd man to top the ATP rankings in 2004, and keeps the ranking for a record 237 consecutive weeks. By winning his seventh Wimbledon title, he also matches Sampras's record of spending 286 weeks as world number one.

* Holds a record run of 24 consecutive final victories, which was snapped when he lost 2005 Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian. Finished the season with an 81-4 win-loss record.

* In 2006, he reached all four grand slam finals, winning in Australia, Wimbledon and the US among a haul of 12 titles and a 92-5 win-loss record.

* Has a professional era record of 65 consecutive wins on grass, which was ended by Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final.

* Won an Olympic men's doubles gold medal with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Games. Also won the silver medal in men's singles at the 2012 London Games.

* Comes back from six-month injury lay-off to win the 2017 Australian Open and at 35, becomes the oldest player to win a grand slam title since Australia's Ken Rosewall won at Melbourne Park in 1972 at the age of 37.

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