Federer then began his grass court season at the Halle Open where he won his tenth title at the event, defeating David Goffin in the final in straight sets. This marked the first time Federer had won a singles tournament for ten times or more. This was also the first time Federer played Nadal at Wimbledon since the Wimbledon final , a match regarded by some as the greatest match in the history of tennis. The match also marked the first time a fifth set tiebreaker was played at 12 games all in the men's singles and was the longest men's final in Wimbledon history.
Federer next played at the Cincinnati Masters and reached the third round where he lost in straight sets to Andrey Rublev. This was his quickest defeat in 16 years, taking just 62 minutes. In the quarterfinals, he faced Grigor Dimitrov, who was ranked 78 going into the tournament.
Despite taking a two sets to one lead, Federer ultimately lost the match in five sets.
Federer advanced to the Swiss Indoors as the two-time defending champion. His first round match, against Peter Gojowczyk, is remarkable for being the th match of his career. In the final, he defeated Alex de Minaur in straight sets for a record-extending tenth Swiss Indoors title. In his first match he defeated Davide Sanguinetti in four sets and recorded a second singles victory in a dead rubber two days later as Switzerland advanced to the World Group Quarterfinals. In the Quarterfinals Federer, who was still 17 years old, suffered his first Davis Cup loss when he was defeated by Belgian Christophe Van Garsse in five sets.
The Swiss team went on to lose the rubber 3—2.
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Despite the doubles victory, Federer lost both singles rubbers to Mark Philippoussis and Lleyton Hewitt which saw Switzerland sent to the World Group Playoffs for the first time in Federer's career. He returned for the playoffs in July and led Switzerland to a 5—0 win over Belarus by recording wins in singles and doubles. His first Davis Cup highlight came in as the newly crowned Wimbledon champion led his country to an historic semifinal run.
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The emergence of countryman Stanislas Wawrinka as a Grand Slam singles champion in renewed hope for Federer in his Davis Cup quest, and the pair both committed to playing each tie that year. However, a rejuvenated Federer returned the next day to help claim the doubles rubber, which set up a fourth rubber singles tie between Federer and Richard Gasquet.
Federer defeated Gasquet in straight sets and in doing so handed Switzerland its first and only to date Davis Cup title. Federer holds many Davis Cup records for Switzerland that includes most total wins, most singles wins and most years played. An year-old Federer made his Olympic debut at Sydney in , where he entered the singles competition.
He surprised many by reaching the semifinals but lost to Tommy Haas in the semifinals and then to Arnaud Di Pasquale in the bronze medal match, causing Federer to leave Sydney empty handed. In doubles, he and compatriot Yves Allegro lost in the second round.
At the Summer Olympics in Beijing , Federer was again the top seed and favorite, but lost in the quarterfinals to James Blake. However, he found more success on the doubles court, capturing the gold medal in men's doubles with compatriot Stan Wawrinka, defeating Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden.
At London , Federer won his first singles medal, losing to Andy Murray in the final to claim the silver. He and Wawrinka were unable to defend their gold medal in doubles, losing in the second round to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel. Federer did not compete in the Rio Olympics after taking the rest of the season off after Wimbledon to recover from a knee injury. Federer played again at the Hopman Cup in , along with Belinda Bencic.
They won all of their ties except the last one, and as a result they couldn't make the final. In , Federer won his second Hopman Cup title and third overall for Switzerland. His partner was Belinda Bencic again. The Swiss team won all the ties and Federer won all his singles and mixed doubles matches. Federer won his third and second consecutive Hopman Cup title in alongside Belinda Bencic.
They again defeated Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber of Germany in the final, and won the final tie 2—1 by winning a tiebreak in the final set of the mixed doubles 5—4. Federer again won all of his singles matches. The Swiss team only lost one tie to Greece 1—2. Roger Federer is the most successful individual in Hopman Cup 3 titles history. Federer founded the Laver Cup , which pits Europe against the rest of the world. The tournament is named in honor of Rod Laver and the inaugural edition was played in Europe won the inaugural Laver Cup in Federer played his first singles match on day two, when he dispatched Sam Querrey in straight sets.
Later on day two, he partnered with his rival Nadal in doubles, where they defeated the Team World duo of Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in the match tie breaker, which took place at one set all. This was the first time Federer and Nadal competed on the same side of a doubles match. On day three, Federer competed in the final match of the tournament, where he sealed victory for Team Europe by defeating Nick Kyrgios in the champion's tiebreak saving a match point.
With three wins and seven points, Federer was the most accomplished player of the tournament. The second edition was played in The European team led by Federer retained the title after defeating Team World, 13—8. Federer won both his singles matches, against Nick Kyrgios and John Isner, but lost both his doubles matches. Federer and Rafael Nadal have played 40 times, with Federer trailing 16— Federer has a winning record on grass 3—1 and hard courts 11—9, while Nadal leads on clay 14—2.
They are the only pair of men to have ever finished six consecutive calendar years at the top. Federer was ranked No. Nadal, who is five years younger, ascended to No. From to , they played in every French Open and Wimbledon final. Nadal won six of the nine, losing the first two Wimbledon finals and the second Australian Open final. Four of these finals were five set-matches and Wimbledon, and Australian Open , with the Wimbledon final being lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts.
They have also played in 12 Masters Series finals, including their lone five-hour match at the Rome Masters which Nadal won in a fifth-set tie-break, having saved two match points.
Federer and Novak Djokovic have played 48 times, with Federer trailing 22— The Federer—Djokovic rivalry is the largest rivalry in men's Grand Slam tournament history with a record 16 matches played against each other. Djokovic is one of two players the other again being Nadal on tour to have defeated Federer in straight sets at a Grand Slam event multiple times Australian Open, Australian Open, French Open , both the players have done so three times. Of their 48 meetings, 19 have reached a deciding set.
Federer ended Djokovic's perfect 41—0 start to the season in the semifinals of the French Open, but Djokovic was able to avenge this loss at the US Open in five sets after saving two match points against Federer for the second straight year. Federer and Djokovic rematched in the Wimbledon Championships with Djokovic once again claiming victory in four sets.
This was the fifth consecutive time that Djokovic defeated Federer in Grand Slam matches. Some experts have included the rivalry between Federer and Djokovic as one of the best rivalries in the Open Era. Federer and Andy Murray have played 25 times, with Federer leading 14— Federer leads 12—10 on hard courts, and 2—1 on grass.
They have never met on clay. However, Murray won their encounter in the semifinals of the Australian Open , defeating Federer for the first time at a Grand slam tournament in five sets.
At the Australian Open , Federer reversed that result, defeating Murray in four sets in the quarterfinals. The most recent meeting between the two in a Major was in the semifinals of the Wimbledon Championships , where a dominant Federer triumphed in straight sets. They met in the final of the Summer Olympics , in which Murray defeated Federer in straight sets, denying Federer a career Golden Slam.
Murray also leads 6—3 in ATP tournaments, 2—0 in finals. Federer and Andy Roddick played 24 times, and Federer leads their head-to-head 21—3. Roddick lost his No.
In the Wimbledon final, Roddick lost to Federer in five sets. The match included a game fifth set a Grand Slam final record and lasted over four hours. In the final game of the deciding set, Roddick's serve was broken for the first time in the match. With that victory, Federer broke Pete Sampras ' record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, and Roddick apologised to Sampras who was in attendance for not being able to stop Federer.
Federer and Lleyton Hewitt have played 27 times, with Federer leading 18—9. This marked a turning point in the rivalry, as Federer won 16 of the next 18 meetings from onwards. This is Hewitt's longest rivalry as these two first played each other as juniors in They met in one Grand Slam tournament final, the US Open final, where Federer won his first US Open title in a lopsided encounter in which Federer scored a bagel on both sides of a second-set tiebreak.
Federer met Hewitt at six of the Grand Slam tournaments in which he lifted the trophy, including all five of his triumphs between and Their last meeting was at the Brisbane International , where Hewitt triumphed over Federer in three sets for his first title since , when he also beat Federer to the Halle title. Hewitt and Federer teamed up in the men's doubles at Wimbledon in Federer and David Nalbandian have played 19 times, with Federer leading 11—8.
Nalbandian dominated early on, winning their first five matches from to Federer reversed this trend at the Masters Cup , where he recorded his first victory, and went on to win 11 of their last 14 meetings. Federer leads 6—5 on hard courts, 1—0 on grass, and 3—1 on clay courts, while Nalbandian leads 2—1 on carpet. Notable meetings include Nalbandian's win in a fifth-set tiebreaker to win the Masters Cup , and Federer's win in the French Open semifinals. They met each other six times in Grand Slam tournaments, with Federer leading 4—2.
Marat Safin and Federer played 12 times, with Federer leading 10—2. Federer leads 4—1 on hard courts, 3—0 on grass, and 3—0 on clay courts, while Safin leads 1—0 on carpet. Notable meetings include Federer's defeating Safin at the Hamburg Masters to win the first Masters title of his career, as well as Federer's emerging victorious in the semifinals of the Tennis Masters Cup , after winning a tiebreak 20—18 on his eighth match point. Federer also defeated Safin in the finals of the Australian Open to capture his first Australian Open and second Grand Slam tournament title.
However, Safin defeated Federer in the Australian Open semifinals, having saved one match point in the fourth-set tiebreak, to end a match winning streak by Federer.