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As in the previous year, Roger captures three Grand Slam titles and reaches the finals at the French Open. He breaks Jimmy Connors' number 1 record and ends the year at the top of the world rankings for the fourth consecutive year. He plays exhibitions against Grand Slam world record holder Pete Sampras and fights Nadal in the "Battle of Surfaces".

Roger starts the new season in high spirits and is the first player since Björn Borg (1980) to win a Grand Slam tournament without conceding a set. Despite a first narrowly won set, he finally manages to defeat Fernando Gonzalez convincingly in the final of the Australian Open. On February 26th, he breaks Jimmy Connors' record of remaining at the top of the world rankings for 160 successive weeks.

Roger ends Rafael Nadal's impressive series of victories on clay in Hamburg in May and wins the Masters tournament for the fourth time. Unfortunately, he cannot achieve a similar result three weeks later at the French Open. The Spaniard defends his title and Roger once again has to console himself with a small trophy for the second place. He nevertheless establishes himself as the second best male player on clay.

The two best tennis players of the time meet again in Wimbledon in the finals and go the full distance. Roger keeps his nerves in the fifth set and wins his fifth Wimbledon title in a row. He hereby breaks the record of Björn Borg, who congratulates him on the spot.  

Before facing each other in the finals at Hamburg, Paris and Wimbledon, Roger and Nadal compete in an exhibition. At the "Battle of Surfaces" the one end of the court consists of a clay surface – Nadal's favourite – and the other end of lawn – Roger's preferred surface.  The event is staged in Palma de Mallorca and is hardly considered as a serious test, but greatly enjoyed by both players. Roger plays further show matches against Pete Sampras in November. The "Clash of Times" thrills the players as well as the fans equally.

After his victory at the Cincinnati tournament, Roger qualifies for his tenth consecutive Grand Slam final at the US Open in September. He crowns his impressive series with an overall twelfth title in this category. Even though Roger actually only wins the first two sets against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the tie break, he nevertheless triumphs without dropping a set.

After New York, he defends his title in Basel and – as in the previous three years – also that at the tennis Masters. He ends the season as the world number 1 for the fourth time in a row.