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History|2006

In Roger's most successful year in respect of the number of tournament victories so far, he wins his Grand Slam titles numbers seven to nine. He triumphs in his hometown Basel for the first time, where he is already welcomed enthusiastically by his fans in July. He becomes an Ambassador of the United Nations Children's Fund in April.


The year starts ideally. He defends his title in Doha and is the title favourite at the Australian Open. He defeats Marcos Baghdatis on four sets. After losing the first set and capturing the second 7:5 the Federer express steams his opponent with 6:0 and 6:2. Roger celebrates his seventh Grand Slam title; the third within six and a half months.

In March UNICEF selects him as its first Swiss ambassador. Roger, together with other stars such as David Beckham, Roger Moore and Shakira, is to be voluntarily involved with the United Nations Children's Fund. This is an involvement best-suited to the objectives of the Roger Federer Foundation.

In the course of the year Roger wins a total of four ATP Masters tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto and Madrid. During the clay court season, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal steals his limelight no less than thrice. Lost finals in Monte Carlo and Rome are followed by a further defeat at the French Open in Paris. Roger nevertheless has grounds for satisfaction, since it is his first participation in the finals at Roland Garros.

He defends his title in Wimbledon for the fourth time, taking revenge on Nadal for the defeat at the French Open. He beats the world number 2 in four sets and remains the grass-court king of tennis– also due to his prior victory in Halle. He stays undefeated on his favourite surface since his first rounds elimination at Wimbledon in 2002. After this victory, his fans welcome him enthusiastically in his hometown Basel and celebrate their hero.

Roger also wins the US Open for the third time in September and can once again capture an amazing three Grand Slam titles in one season. He faces Andy Roddick yet again, whom he defeats in four sets.

His first triumph in Basel is an issue close to his heart. He used to be a ball boy at Basel tournaments and dreamed of playing on the centre court. At last he is able to defeat Fernando Gonzalez in front of the very eyes of his numerous friends and his home crowd. The victory at the Masters seals an incredible season and Roger ends the year as the number 1 in the world rankings for a third consecutive time.