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ATP-Ranking
64
Won : Lost
29:23
Tournaments played
24
Singles titles
1
 

History|1999

Roger receives a total of eight wild cards, makes his debut at the Grand Slam tournaments of both Paris and Wimbledon and reaches his first semi-finals on the World Tour. The professional newcomer starts the year on position 301 of the world rankings and ends the season on the fantastic 64th position.


Roger starts his first professional season as number 301 in the ATP world rankings. The first eyebrows are raised in astonishment in February in Marseille, where he defeats the world number 5 and reigning French Open champion, the Spaniard Carlos Moya. He reaches the quarter-finals in the French tournament, as he does likewise shortly thereafter in Rotterdam.  On February 22nd, the ATP positions him at 129 in its rankings and Roger thereby already marches way post his season goal of the top 200.  

He represents his country in its colours for the first time in April at the Davis Cup and does so splendidly! In Neuchâtel, he defeats Davide Sanguinetti, Italy's number 1 and world number 48, in his first singles. He is less successful in Brussels a few months later when he loses both his Davis Cup singles matches against Belgium.

He plays in the main draw of the French Open in Paris for the first time in May. Unfortunately, his Grand Slam hopes already end in the first round; same as his first appearance with the professionals at Wimbledon. Roger holds up well on both occasions and wins one set against Patrick Rafter (French Open) and even two against Jiri Novak at Wimbledon.

After both these honourable defeats, Roger starts a miserable summer: he loses in the first rounds seven times and fails to qualify twice. Due to a great autumn, our champ is ranked into the top 100 as the youngest player on September 20th, taking on the challenge in October in the semi-finals in Vienna and winning the challenger tournament of Brest. He ends the year as number 64 in the rankings – a true sensation.