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A fantastic year for Roger: he wins the Grand Slam tournaments of Melbourne, Wimbledon and New York. He is the first player since Mats Wilander (1988) to win three of the four major tournaments. Roger became the world number 1 in tennis; a position which he will defend until 2008 during 237 weeks.

Roger defeats the Russian Marat Safin in three sets in the finals at the Australian Open on February 1st. Due to his second Grand Slam title, he captured the number 1 position in the world rankings. He will defend this position over the next 237 weeks and thus became the player who remained on the top of world tennis for longer than any player before him.

The Australian Open is followed by three further titles in Dubai, Indian Wells and Hamburg. Unfortunately, Roger is eliminated on the third round of the French Open by the Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten. However, his grass court season is just as successful as the previous year. Roger defends his title in Halle as well as in Wimbledon. Despite losing the first set in London to Andy Roddick, he defeats the American in the finals and attends the Champions Dinner for the second time. He is the indisputable grass-court king of the circuit.

This year, his soaring flight continues after Wimbledon. His victory in Gstaad earns him his first ATP title on Swiss soil. He also wins in Toronto. September brings him another highlight: he wins his third Grand Slam title of the year in New York. After being called a Grand Slam loser the previous May he goes on to win four major titles within 14 months! He clearly dominates the former number 1 in the finals at Flushing Meadows, not only defeating the Australian Lleyton Hewitt but also winning two of the three sets to love.  

The Olympic Games in Athens in August precede the US Open. Roger is selected to lead the Swiss delegation into the stadium, bearing the flag. He is proud of this honour and – as four years previously – thrilled by the Olympic spirit. However, sport-wise, the Games do not afford him any success; he is eliminated in the second round.

Due to a ruptured muscle fibre, Roger has to cancel almost the entire indoor season, but nevertheless wins the Masters for the second time at the end of the year. Just as in New York, he plays Lleyton Hewitt in the final. An incredible year is going to an end. Roger will receive the Laureus Sports Award for his achievements and will be named World Sportsman of the Year a few months later.