2008 Roger Federer tennis season

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2008 Roger Federer tennis season
Calendar prize money $5,886,879
Singles
Season record 66–15 (81.48%)
Calendar titles 4
Year-end ranking #2
Ranking change from previous year Decrease 1
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF
French Open F
Wimbledon F
US Open W
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR
Olympic Games QF
Doubles
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal
Davis Cup
Davis Cup WG PO
(adv. to 2009 WG)
Last updated on: 31 December 2008.
Main article: Roger Federer

Roger Federer won one slam in 2008, which came at the 2008 US Open, defeating Briton Andy Murray, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2. Federer was defeated by Rafael Nadal in two Grand Slam finals: at the 2008 French Open, which he lost 1–6, 3–6, 0–6, and at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships in a five-setter, 4–6, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–9, when he was going for six straight wins to break Björn Borg's record. At the 2008 Australian Open, Federer lost in the semifinals to Novak Djokovic, ending his record of 10 consecutive Major finals. Roger Federer lost twice in Master Series 1000 Finals on clay to Nadal at Monte Carlo and Hamburg. However, Federer was able to capture three more victories in 250-level events at Estoril, Halle, and Basel.

In doubles, Federer and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka won the gold medal in at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Year summary[edit]

Federer began the year by attempting to defend his title at the Australian Open. He lost, however, in the semifinals to eventual champion Djokovic, 5–7, 3–6, 6–7. This ended his record of ten consecutive Grand Slam finals, the most ever for a men's player. In March, Federer revealed that he had recently been diagnosed with mononucleosis and that he may have suffered from it as early as December 2007. Federer also had an illness related to food poisoning prior to the start of the Australian Open. He noted, however, that he was now "medically cleared to compete".[1] Although Federer was seeded first and was the defending champion at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, he lost to Murray in the first round. On 10 March, Federer won his third exhibition match out of four against former world no. 1 Pete Sampras at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6.[2]

Federer serving for the third set against Nadal in the Wimbledon final

Federer began the clay-court season at the Estoril Open in Portugal. This was his first tournament with coach José Higueras.[3] and his first non-Master Series clay-court tournament since Gstaad in 2004.[4] Federer won his first tournament of the year, when Nikolay Davydenko retired from the final while trailing, 7–6, 1–2 with a leg ligament strain. Federer then played three Masters Series tournaments on clay. At the Masters Series Monte Carlo, Federer lost to three-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final in straight sets. Federer made 44 unforced errors, lost a 4–0 lead in the second set, and fell to 1–7 against Nadal on clay courts.[5] At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to Radek Štěpánek. Federer was the defending champion at the Masters Series Hamburg, but lost to Nadal in the final. At the French Open, Federer was defeated quickly by Nadal in the final, 1–6, 3–6, 0–6.[6] This was the fourth consecutive year that Federer and Nadal had played at the French Open, with Federer losing his third consecutive final to Nadal.[6] Federer's record of 23–4 (2005–08) at the French Open is second only to Nadal's record of 28–0 during the same period.

Federer at the 2008 US Open, where he won his fifth consecutive title.

Federer bounced back by winning the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany without dropping a set or a service game. This was the fifth time he had won this event. With this result, he tied Pete Sampras's record for most titles on grass in the open era with 10.[7] At Wimbledon, Federer once again played world no. 2 Nadal in the final. A victory for Federer would have meant his sixth consecutive Wimbledon singles title, breaking Borg's modern era men’s record and equaling the all-time record held since 1886 by William Renshaw. Federer saved two championship points in the fourth set tiebreak, but eventually lost the match, 4–6, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–9. The rain-delayed match ended in near darkness after 4 hours, 48 minutes of play, making it the longest (in terms of elapsed time) men's final in Wimbledon recorded history. It concluded 7 hours, 15 minutes after its scheduled start. The defeat also ended Federer's 65-match winning streak on grass. John McEnroe described the match as "The greatest match I've ever seen."[8] After Nadal surpassed him as world no. 1 later in the year, Federer stated that his main goal would be to regain the Wimbledon title, rather than the top spot.[9]

Federer at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he won Doubles Gold.

Federer made early exits in his next two singles tournaments, the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada and the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio.[10] Federer was chosen to carry the national flag at the Beijing Olympics. At the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Federer lost in the quarterfinals to James Blake for the first time in their nine matches.[11] Federer however, finally won his first Olympic gold medal in the men's doubles, when he and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka upset the world no. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States in the semifinals and defeated Sweden's Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson in the final, 6–3, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3. The following day, Federer lost his world no. 1 ranking to Nadal after 237 consecutive weeks.[10][12][13] At the US Open, Federer reached the fourth round without dropping a set. He defeated third-seeded Novak Djokovic in a rematch of the 2007 US Open Final, 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2, in the semifinals, and then defeated Andy Murray, who was playing in his first Grand Slam final, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2, to win his fifth straight US Open title and 13th career Grand Slam title, leaving him one Grand Slam title from tying Pete Sampras's all-time record of 14. This extended his US Open winning streak to 34 matches.[14] Federer became the first player in tennis history to have five consecutive wins at both Wimbledon and the US Open.[15] At the Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid, Federer reached the semifinals without losing a set. There he lost to Murray, 6–3, 3–6, 5–7. Meanwhile, he became the all-time leader in career prize money in men's tennis, earning over US$ 43.3 million at the end of the tournament and surpassing 14-time Grand Slam singles champion Pete Sampras.[16]

Federer won his 57th career title at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, beating David Nalbandian in the final. He became the only player in history to win the title three consecutive years. He reached the quarterfinals of his next event, the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, before withdrawing because of back pain. This was the first time in Federer's career of 763 matches that he had withdrawn from a tournament.[17] This meant that 2008 was the first year since 2003 in which he did not win a Masters Series title.[18] Federer entered the Tennis Masters Cup as the top-seeded player, after Nadal withdrew from the tournament. He drew Simon, Murray, and Roddick in the Red Group. In his opening match, Federer lost to Simon, but kept his hopes alive by defeating Roddick's replacement, Stepanek, in his second match. He lost his third match to Murray, 6–4, 6–7, 5–7. Federer had received medical treatment for back and hip problems in the third set, but lost after saving seven match points.[19] However, Federer still ended the year ranked world no. 2.

Matches[edit]

Grand Slam performance[edit]

All matches[edit]

Singles[edit]
Match Tournament Start
Date
Type I/O Surface Round Opponent/Rank Result Score
915 Australia Australian Open 1/14 GS Outdoor Hard R128 Argentina Diego Hartfield W 6–0, 6–3, 6–0
916 Australia Australian Open 1/14 GS Outdoor Hard R64 France Fabrice Santoro W 6–1, 6–2, 6–0
917 Australia Australian Open 1/14 GS Outdoor Hard R32 Serbia Janko Tipsarevic W 6–7(5), 7–6(1), 5–7, 6–1, 10–8
918 Australia Australian Open 1/14 GS Outdoor Hard R16 Czech Republic Tomas Berdych W 6–4, 7–6(7), 6–3
919 Australia Australian Open 1/14 GS Outdoor Hard Q United States James Blake W 7–5, 7–6(5), 6–4
920 Australia Australian Open 1/14 GS Outdoor Hard S Serbia Novak Djokovic L 5–7, 3–6, 6–7(5)
921 United Arab Emirates Dubai 3/3 500 Outdoor Hard R32 United Kingdom Andy Murray L 7–6(6), 3–6, 4–6
922 United States Indian Wells Masters 3/13 1000 Outdoor Hard R128 Bye W  
923 United States Indian Wells Masters 3/13 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Spain Guillermo Garcia-Lopez W 6–3, 6–2
924 United States Indian Wells Masters 3/13 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 France Nicolas Mahut W 6–1, 6–1
925 United States Indian Wells Masters 3/13 1000 Outdoor Hard R16 Croatia Ivan Ljubicic W 6–3, 6–4
926 United States Indian Wells Masters 3/13 1000 Outdoor Hard Q Germany Tommy Haas W W/O
927 United States Indian Wells Masters 3/13 1000 Outdoor Hard S United States Mardy Fish L 3–6, 2–6
928 United States Miami Masters 3/27 1000 Outdoor Hard R128 Bye W  
929 United States Miami Masters 3/27 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 France Gael Monfils W 6–3, 6–4
930 United States Miami Masters 3/27 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 Sweden Robin Soderling W 6–4, 3–0 RET
931 United States Miami Masters 3/27 1000 Outdoor Hard R16 Argentina Jose Acasuso W 7–6(5), 6–2
932 United States Miami Masters 3/27 1000 Outdoor Hard Q United States Andy Roddick L 6–7(4), 6–4, 3–6
933 Portugal Estoril 4/14 250 Outdoor Clay R32 Belgium Olivier Rochus W 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
934 Portugal Estoril 4/14 250 Outdoor Clay R16 Romania Victor Hanescu W 6–3, 6–2
935 Portugal Estoril 4/14 250 Outdoor Clay Q Portugal Frederico Gil W 6–4, 6–1
936 Portugal Estoril 4/14 250 Outdoor Clay S Germany Denis Gremelmayr W 2–6, 7–5, 6–1
937 Portugal Estoril 4/14 250 Outdoor Clay Win (1) Russia Nikolay Davydenko W 7–6(5), 1–2 RET
938 Monaco Monte Carlo Masters 4/20 1000 Outdoor Clay R64 Bye W  
939 Monaco Monte Carlo Masters 4/20 1000 Outdoor Clay R32 Spain Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo W 6–1, 3–6, 7–6(1)
940 Monaco Monte Carlo Masters 4/20 1000 Outdoor Clay R16 France Gael Monfils W 6–3, 6–4
941 Monaco Monte Carlo Masters 4/20 1000 Outdoor Clay Q Argentina David Nalbandian W 5–7, 6–2, 6–2
942 Monaco Monte Carlo Masters 4/20 1000 Outdoor Clay S SerbiaNovak Djokovic W 6–3, 3–2 RET
943 Monaco Monte Carlo Masters 4/20 1000 Outdoor Clay F Spain Rafael Nadal L 5–7, 5–7
944 Italy Rome Masters 5/5 1000 Outdoor Clay R64 Bye W  
945 Italy Rome Masters 5/5 1000 Outdoor Clay R32 Argentina Guillermo Canas W 6–3, 6–3
946 Italy Rome Masters 5/5 1000 Outdoor Clay R16 Croatia Ivo Karlovic W 7–6(4), 6–3
947 Italy Rome Masters 5/5 1000 Outdoor Clay Q Czech Republic Radek Stepanek L 6–7(4), 6–7(7)
948 Germany Hamburg Masters 5/11 1000 Outdoor Clay R64 Bye W  
949 Germany Hamburg Masters 5/11 1000 Outdoor Clay R32 Finland Jarkko Nieminen W 6–1, 6–3
950 Germany Hamburg Masters 5/11 1000 Outdoor Clay R16 Sweden Robin Soderling W 6–3, 6–2
951 Germany Hamburg Masters 5/11 1000 Outdoor Clay Q Spain Fernando Verdasco W 6–3, 6–3
952 Germany Hamburg Masters 5/11 1000 Outdoor Clay S Italy Andreas Seppi W 6–3, 6–1
953 Germany Hamburg Masters 5/11 1000 Outdoor Clay F Spain Rafael Nadal L 5–7, 7–6(3), 3–6
954 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay R128 United States Sam Querrey W 6–4, 6–4, 6–3
955 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay R64 Spain Albert Montanes W 6–7(5), 6–1, 6–0, 6–4
956 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay R32 Croatia Mario Ancic W 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
957 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay R16 France Julien Benneteau W 6–4, 7–5, 7–5
958 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay Q Chile Fernando Gonzalez W 2–6, 6–2, 6–3, 6–4
959 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay S France Gael Monfils W 6–2, 5–7, 6–3, 7–5
960 France Roland Garros 5/25 GS Outdoor Clay F Spain Rafael Nadal L 1–6, 3–6, 0–6
961 Germany Halle 6/9 250 Outdoor Grass R32 Germany Michael Berrer W 6–4, 6–2
962 Germany Halle 6/9 250 Outdoor Grass R16 Czech Republic Jan Vacek W 7–5, 6–3
963 Germany Halle 6/9 250 Outdoor Grass Q Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis W 6–4, 6–4
964 Germany Halle 6/9 250 Outdoor Grass S Germany Nicolas Kiefer W 6–1, 6–4
965 Germany Halle 6/9 250 Outdoor Grass Win (2) Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber W 6–3, 6–4
966 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass R128 Slovakia Dominik Hrbaty W 6–3, 6–2, 6–2
967 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass R64 Sweden Robin Soderling W 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(3)
968 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass R32 France Marc Gicquel W 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
969 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass R16 Australia Lleyton Hewitt W 7–6(7), 6–2, 6–4
970 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass Q Croatia Mario Ancic W 6–1, 7–5, 6–4
971 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass S Russia Marat Safin W 6–3, 7–6(3), 6–4
972 United Kingdom Wimbledon 6/23 GS Outdoor Grass F Spain Rafael Nadal L 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(5), 7–6(8), 7–9
973 Canada Canada Masters 7/21 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Bye W  
974 Canada Canada Masters 7/21 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 France Gilles Simon L 6–2, 5–7, 4–6
975 United States Cincinnati Masters 7/28 1000 Outdoor Hard R64 Bye W  
976 United States Cincinnati Masters 7/28 1000 Outdoor Hard R32 United States Robby Ginepri W 6–7(2), 7–6(5), 6–0
977 United States Cincinnati Masters 7/28 1000 Outdoor Hard R16 Croatia Ivo Karlovic L 6–7(6), 6–4, 6–7(5)
978 China Beijing Olympics 8/11 OL Outdoor Hard R64 Russia Dmitry Tursunov W 6–4, 6–2
979 China Beijing Olympics 8/11 OL Outdoor Hard R32 El Salvador Rafael Arevalo W 6–2, 6–4
980 China Beijing Olympics 8/11 OL Outdoor Hard R16 Czech Republic Tomas Berdych W 6–3, 7–6(4)
981 China Beijing Olympics 8/11 OL Outdoor Hard Q United States James Blake L 4–6, 6–7(2)
982 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard R128 Argentina Maximo Gonzalez W 6–3, 6–0, 6–3
983 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard R64 Brazil Thiago Alves W 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
984 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard R32 Czech Republic Radek Stepanek W 6–3, 6–3, 6–2
985 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard R16 Russia Igor Andreev W 6–7(5), 7–6(5), 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
986 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard Q Luxembourg Gilles Muller W 7–6(5), 6–4, 7–6(5)
987 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard S Serbia Novak Djokovic W 6–3, 5–7, 7–5, 6–2
988 United States US Open 8/25 GS Outdoor Hard Win (3) United Kingdom Andy Murray W 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
989 Switzerland SUI v. BEL WG Play-offs 9/19 DC Indoor Hard RR Belgium Kristof Vliegen W 7–6(1), 6–4, 6–2
990 Spain Madrid Masters 10/12 1000 Indoor Hard R64 Bye W  
991 Spain Madrid Masters 10/12 1000 Indoor Hard R32 Czech Republic Radek Stepanek W 6–3, 7–6(6)
992 Spain Madrid Masters 10/12 1000 Indoor Hard R16 France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga W 6–4, 6–1
993 Spain Madrid Masters 10/12 1000 Indoor Hard Q Argentina Juan Martin Del Potro W 6–3, 6–3
994 Spain Madrid Masters 10/12 1000 Indoor Hard S United Kingdom Andy Murray L 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
995 Switzerland Basel 10/20 250 Indoor Hard R32 United States Bobby Reynolds W 6–3, 6–7(6), 6–3
996 Switzerland Basel 10/20 250 Indoor Hard R16 Finland Jarkko Nieminen W 7–6(6), 7–6(1)
997 Switzerland Basel 10/20 250 Indoor Hard Q Italy Simone Bolelli W 6–2, 6–3
998 Switzerland Basel 10/20 250 Indoor Hard S Spain Feliciano Lopez W 6–3, 6–2
999 Switzerland Basel 10/20 250 Indoor Hard Win (4) Argentina David Nalbandian W 6–3, 6–4
1000 France Paris Masters 10/26 1000 Indoor Hard R64 Bye W  
1001 France Paris Masters 10/26 1000 Indoor Hard R32 Sweden Robin Soderling W 6–4, 7–6(7)
1002 France Paris Masters 10/26 1000 Indoor Hard R16 Croatia Marin Cilic W 6–3, 6–4
1003 France Paris Masters 10/26 1000 Indoor Hard Q United States James Blake L W/O
1004 China Tennis Masters Cup 11/9 WC Indoor Hard RR France Gilles Simon L 6–4, 4–6, 3–6
1005 China Tennis Masters Cup 11/9 WC Indoor Hard RR Czech Republic Radek Stepanek W 7–6(4), 6–4
1006 China Tennis Masters Cup 11/9 WC Indoor Hard RR United Kingdom Andy Murray L 6–4, 6–7(3), 5–7

Yearly Records[edit]

Finals[edit]

Singles: 8 (4–4)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–2)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–2)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (1–1)
Titles by surface
Outdoors (3–4)
Indoors (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 54. April 20, 2008 Portugal Open, Portugal Clay Russia Nikolay Davydenko 7–6(7–5), 1–2 ret.
Runner-up 18. April 27, 2008 Monte-Carlo Masters, France (3) Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 5–7, 5–7
Runner-up 19. May 18, 2008 Hamburg Masters, Germany Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 3–6
Runner-up 20. June 8, 2008 French Open, France (3) Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 1–6, 3–6, 0–6
Winner 55. June 15, 2008 Halle Open, Germany (5) Grass Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 21. July 6, 2008 Wimbledon, England, UK Grass Spain Rafael Nadal 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(10–8), 7–9
Winner 56. September 8, 2008 US Open, United States (5) Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
Winner 57. October 26, 2008 Swiss Indoors, Switzerland (3) Hard (i) Argentina David Nalbandian 6–3, 6–4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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