The Sydney Olympics are a highlight for the year old Roger. Robin Haase 6—4, 4—6, 6—1. Novak Djokovic 7—5, 6—4.
With the defeat Roger no longer holds a Grand Slam trophy. Alexander Peya Bruno Soares 6—4, 6—3. Unfortunately, he cannot achieve a similar result three weeks later at the French Open. Minor injuries force Roger to withdraw with a heavy heart from defending his title in Paris-Bercy. Michail Elgin Alexander Kudryavtsev.
Novak Djokovic 6—2, 3—6, 6—4. Juan Ignacio Chela Filippo Volandri. 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.
The emotional reception moves him to tears. Alexandr Dolgopolov Gilles Müller. Roger does not fare any better at Wimbledon, where he is eliminated by Mario Ancic. At the Davis Cup in Berne Roger contributes significantly to eliminating Portugal both in the singles and in the doubles with Stan.
Novak Djokovic 6—3, 6—3. Roger leaves Swiss Tennis in April to stand on his own feet. He announced his retirement after losing in the quarterfinals against Nicolas Mahut at the Rennes tournament. He narrowly loses his semi-final in Dubai against Tomas Berdych.
On the much-criticised blue clay, Roger beats Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic in succession without sacrificing a single set. Roger wants to gain a firsthand impression of the school which is supported by the Roger Federer Foundation as part of an EFDA project. Only in Cincinnati is he able to challenge a top player, but nevertheless loses this quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal, thereby dropping down to 7th on the World Rankings. Ernests Gulbis Igor Sijsling.
He nevertheless qualifies for the Masters Cup in Houston and ends the year on position 6 in the world rankings. Milos Raonic 6—1, 6—4. For the first time in his career, Roger plays with a somewhat larger racket which should benefit his serve and create more pressure during long rallies. Andy Murray 6—2, 6—0.
He won two singles titles on the main tour, as well as two doubles titles including one Grand Slam title. His personal happiness is completed by the birth of the twins Myla Rose und Charlene Riva on July 23rd. Novak Djokovic Stanislas Wawrinka.
The Frenchman manages to recover after being down by a set, but the final set clearly goes to Roger. Djokovic wins both sets and keeps Roger in check in the third set, so much so that the match point shortly thereafter gives him his ticket into the finals. Andy Murray 5—7, 6—2, 7—5. Two sets later the match is lost: Mahesh Bhupathi Elena Vesnina. Grigor Dimitrov 6—7 8—10 , 7—6 7—1 , 7—6 8—6.
The images of his tears and his cheering, which nearly causes him to break his back, spread round the world like wildfire. Kei Nishikori 7—6 7—5 , 4—6, 6—4. Perhaps, today, it just was not possible against him.
He receives notably more resistance from his next opponents, Feliciano Lopez, Mikhail Youzhny and Juan Martin del Porto, but nevertheless allows no break points and wins each match in two sets. After having received the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award seven times, he receives it once more in Roberto Bautista Agut 6—3, 4—6, 6—2. He has to take a long break due to injury for the first time during summer and thus misses the Masters at the end of the season. In the final of just over two hours he has to concede victory to local hero, Lleyton Hewitt, , ,
The clay season has a promising start. David Nalbandian proves too strong for a tired Roger in the final match and ends Roger's consecutive finals victory spell at Roger meets Juan Martin del Potro in the final and plays brilliantly. 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. Novak Djokovic 6—4, 6—1, 1—6, 6—3. In the townships of Port Elizabeth, Roger visits the schools of the supported children and plays soccer with them.