[Reuters] Australian Open champion Roger Federer factbox

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01-29-2006, 04:01 PM
MELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on Switzerland's Roger Federer who won his second Australian Open title with a 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2 win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on Sunday: Born: August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland Age: 24 Grand slam titles: seven (Australian Open 2004, 2006; Wimbledon 2003, 2004, 2005; U.S. Open 2004, 2005) 1998: Reaches Toulouse quarter-final in his second ATP event. 1999: Youngest player to finish year in Top 100. 2000: Reaches first final in Marseille. Loses bronze medal match at Sydney Olympics to Arnaud Di Pasquale of France. 2001: Wins first title in Milan, finishes year as top-ranked Swiss player. Reaches first grand slam quarter-final at French Open. Reaches quarter-final at Wimbledon after ending Pete Sampras's 31-match winning streak there in fourth round. 2002: Wins titles in Sydney, Hamburg and Vienna. Suffers shock first-round defeat at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Helps Switzerland back into Davis Cup World Group. Reaches semi-final of Tennis Masters Cup, losing to eventual winner Lleyton Hewitt. 2003: Loses in the first round of the French Open for the second year in a row. Becomes first Swiss man to win a grand slam after beating Mark Philippoussis to lift Wimbledon crown. Finishes the year ranked second in the world, winning an ATP-high seven titles during the season including the season-ending Masters Cup. Splits from Swedish coach Peter Lundgren in December. 2004: Becomes 23rd man, and first Swiss, to top the ATP rankings. Wins his second grand slam title at the Australian Open with victory over Marat Safin in the Melbourne Park final. Retains his Wimbledon crown with victory over Andy Roddick in the final. Wins first U.S. Open title with a 6-0 7-6 6-0 victory over Hewitt to become the first player since Swede Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three grand slams in the same year, and the first man in the Open Era to win his first four grand slam finals. 2005: Appoints Australian Tony Roche as coach in January. Loses to eventual winners at both the Australian and French Opens. Wins third consecutive Wimbledon title to become only the eighth player in history and third in the Open Era to achieve the feat. In doing so, extends his winning streak on grass to 36. Beats Agassi in U.S. Open final to join Bill Tilden and Don Budge as the only men to achieve the Wimbledon-U.S. Open double in successive years. Improves season's record to 71-3 and hard court mark to 45-1, including 35 consecutive wins, surpassing the professional era mark twice achieved by Pete Sampras. U.S. Open triumph marks his 23rd straight win in a final. Loses Masters Cup final to David Nalbandian. 2006: Wins first event of the year at Doha. Beats Marcos Baghdatis to win Australian Open for second time. Federer became the first man since Pete Sampras in 1993-94 to win three grand slams in a row. Federer also joined American Richard Sears and Briton Will Renshaw as the only men to win their first seven grand slam finals. Sears and Renshaw achieved the feat in the 1880s.