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Roger wins on three ATP tournaments, Hamburg being his first victory at a Masters series tournament. However, he drops out in the first rounds of the Grand Slam tournaments in Paris and London. He nevertheless qualifies for the Masters Cup in Houston and ends the year on position 6 in the world rankings. His youth trainer, Peter Carter, dies in an accident in South Africa in August; Roger is profoundly shaken.  

The year commences splendidly: Roger wins the tournament in Sydney. However, he is eliminated from the Australian Open in the round of the last 16 having been a secret title favourite. After losing the finals of the Maters series tournament in Miami he wins the clay court tournament in Hamburg, which forms part of the Masters series. Despite holding the number 2 spot in the Champions Race, Roger suffers a surprising first round loss against Hicham Arazi at the French Open.

Roger does not fare any better at Wimbledon, where he is eliminated by Mario Ancic. This, as well as his repeated defeat in the round of the last 16 in the US Open, gives the future Grand Slam record holder the reputation to fail at the four big tournaments. But it will not take long for Roger to prove everyone wrong.

The Swiss Davis Cup captain, Peter Carter, passes away in August due to an accident during a holiday trip in South Africa. Roger mourns his long-time youth coach and friend. He bades him farewell at the funeral in Basel; tennis is not at all that significant during this time. It is thus all the more important for Roger to win the fight against relegation in the Davis Cup against Morocco in Casablanca in remembrance of Carter. Roger does brilliantly, contributing two victories in the singles and a doubles victory to the Swiss team’s success.

Last, but not the least: also due to his fourth ATP title at the tournament in Vienna, Roger can finally qualify for the Masters of the top 8 players of the year for the first time. The tournament in Shanghai goes well and Roger is defeated only in a highly dramatic semi-final by the world first-ranked Lleyton Hewitt. He ends the season full of ups and downs as number 6.