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In January, Roger captures his 16th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. A summer with quarter-final defeats in Paris and Wimbledon is followed by the commitment of Paul Annacone and a fantastic end of the season which Roger crowns with a victory at the World Tour Finals. In February, he visits a project in Ethiopia supported by his Foundation and he plays two charity-exhibitions against Nadal to end the year.


After early defeats in Abu Dhabi and Doha, Roger celebrates his fourth title at the Australian Open - his 16th Grand Slam title. This makes him the first player, after Andre Agassi, who, as a father, raises the trophy at a major tournament.

He travels to Ethiopia in February to visit a school in the village of Kore Roba. Roger wants to gain a firsthand impression of the school which is supported by the Roger Federer Foundation as part of an EFDA project. The emotional reception moves him to tears. He plays table-tennis with the kids and answers their questions - and his age is guessed at 45.

Hereafter, he is not able to compete in any tournaments until March due to pneumonia. The illness impedes serious training and has a decisive influence on the further course of his season. At his comeback on the Tour he is defeated by Marcos Baghdatis in the third round in Indian Wells despite three match balls. He then suffers early losses in Miami and Estoril, is eliminated in the first round in Rome and is beaten by Nadal in two sets in the finals in Madrid.

His quest to defend his title at the French Open is stopped by Robin Söderling in the quarter-finals. It is the first time in 23 Grand Slam tournaments and over 6 years that Roger fails to reach the semis. On June 7th, Nadal supersedes him as the ATP Number 1; one week before Roger is able to equal Sampras' record of 286 weeks at the head of the world ranking.

Roger is defeated by Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals in Wimbledon, failing for the first time since 2002 to reach the finals in London. On July 5th, he is ranked third in the ATP rankings.

At the end of July, Roger not only celebrates the first birthday of his twin daughters, but also engages Paul Annacone as a second coach alongside Severin Lüthi. The cooperation is on a trial basis at first and becomes definite as from end-August. The successful end of the season will prove that this was just the right decision.

He reaches the finals in Toronto and Shanghai, the semi-finals of the US Open and wins the tournament in Cincinnati. Upon his arrival in Stockholm in October, Roger reclaims the world number 2 spot and goes on to win his 3rd title of the season; the 64th in his career.

A few days later, he also reaches the finals in his home tournament in Basel. Myla and Charlene are  among the spectators watching their famous daddy celebrate his 4th title in 2011 - an emotional moment for the champion.

Despite conceding five match balls in the semi-finals and thus being eliminated by Gaël Monfils in Paris-Bercy, Roger reports in top form for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. He comes up trumps in the English capital and wins all matches, not dropping a single set right up to the finals. Here he plays his best tennis against Nadal, swallows the annoying loss of the second set and clearly wins the third. He captures his fifth Masters title, joining Sampras and Lendl - the highlight of a "golden autumn", as described by the press.

At the year-end Nadal and Roger face each other twice more. They play the Match for Africa on December 21st, for the benefit of the Roger Federer Foundation and meet again one day later in Madrid – this time for Nadal's foundation. Both current top players of the Tour put their sporty rivalry to good cause in full Christmas spirit.