In 2001, Federer ended Pete Sampras’s 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round of the tournament.
By winning Wimbledon in 2003, Federer joined Stefan Edberg, Pat Cash, and Björn Borg as the only players to win both the juniors’ and gentlemen’s Wimbledon championships.
Federer’s victory at the 2004 U.S. Open marked the first time in the open era that anyone had won his first four Grand Slam singles finals. He eventually won his first seven Grand Slam singles finals before losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2006 French Open final. Only Federer, American Richard Sears, and Briton William Renshaw won their first seven Grand Slam singles finals. As of December 31, 2007, Federer has won twelve of his fourteen Grand Slam singles finals (85.7 percent). Sampras won 14 of 18 (77.8 percent), Borg won 11 of 16 (68.7 percent), and Lendl won 8 of 19 (42.1 percent).
With his victory over Marcos Baghdatis at the 2006 Australian Open, Federer became the first man to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles since Pete Sampras in 1993-94. Federer repeated this feat at the 2007 Australian Open, making him the only man to achieve this feat twice in the open era.
Federer has won five consecutive men’s singles titles at Wimbledon (2003-2007), a feat accomplished only by Borg in the open era. In the 34 matches Federer played at Wimbledon during those years, he dropped just eight sets. In comparison, Borg lost nineteen sets over the five year period he won Wimbledon (1976-1980). Sampras lost fourteen sets over the four-year period he won Wimbledon (1997-2000). Federer, Sampras, and Borg are the only male players to have won five or more Wimbledon singles titles during the open era, with Federer winning 5, Sampras 7, and Borg 5.
Federer is the only male tennis player to have won eight Grand Slam singles titles in three years (2005-2007) and twelve in five years (2003-2007). Roy Emerson won 12 Grand Slam singles titles in 7 years (1961-67), and Sampras won 12 of those titles in 10 years (1990-99).
By reaching the singles semifinals at the 2007 Australian Open, Federer broke Ivan Lendl’s previous record of ten consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances. He subsequently extended this record to fifteen by reaching the semifinals of the 2008 Australian Open.
Federer in 2006 became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to reach the final of all Grand Slam singles tournaments during a calendar year. He repeated this feat in 2007, becoming the only man to do it two years consecutively.
By reaching the singles final of the 2007 French Open, his eighth consecutive Grand Slam singles final, Federer broke the previous male record of seven consecutive Grand Slam singles finals set in 1934 by Australian Jack Crawford. He subsequently extended his own male record by appearing in the final of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships and 2007 U.S. Open making this ten. His run was stopped by a semifinal loss to Novak Đoković at the 2008 Australian Open. Steffi Graf appeared in a record 13 consecutive Grand Slams singles finals, from the 1987 French Open through the 1990 French Open.
With winning the 2007 Australian Open, Federer won his sixth Grand Slam singles title in his last seven attempts, equaling Laver’s accomplishment.
At the 2007 Australian Open, Federer became just the fourth man in the open era to win a Grand Slam singles title without dropping a set. The last man to do this was Borg at the 1980 French Open. The only other man to win the Australian Open without dropping a set was Ken Rosewall in 1971, although he had to play only five matches.
By winning the 2007 Australian Open, Federer became the only male tennis player to win three different Grand Slam singles tournaments at least three times each (Australian Open: 3 times; Wimbledon: 5 times; U.S. Open: 4 times).
Federer won his 11th consecutive Grand Slam singles match in straight sets when he defeated Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round of the 2007 French Open. This tied John McEnroe’s open era record for the most consecutive straight-set victories in Grand Slam singles tournaments. He then won his 36th consecutive Grand Slam singles set when he won the first set in the quarterfinals against Tommy Robredo at the 2007 French Open. This broke McEnroe’s open era record for most consecutive sets won in Grand Slam singles events.
Federer is also the only male player during the open era to win at least four consecutive Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. He is thus the only player in history to win two of the same Grand Slam titles for four consecutive years (2004-07). Björn Borg won Wimbledon and the French Open four consecutive times each, but unlike Federer, not simultaneously.
Federer is also the only male player to have two streaks of 27 consecutive Grand Slams singles match wins, 2 matches short of the record set by Laver.
By winning the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Federer became the only male player to have won at least 2 Grand Slam titles per year for 4 consecutive years (2004-07).
By winning the 2007 U.S. Open, Federer now holds the open era record for most consecutive U.S. Open titles at four. The previous open era record was three consecutive U.S. Open titles by both Lendl and McEnroe.
At the 2007 U.S. Open, Federer earned US$2.4 million, the highest prize money ever awarded at a single tournament, due to a $1 million bonus for winning the 2007 U.S. Open Series.
Federer and Nadal are the only No. 1 and 2 pair to contest back-to-back the French and Wimbledon finals for two years in a row (2006-7).
Federer is the second player to win two different Grand Slam tournaments at least four times consecutively (Wimbledon and the US Open). Borg was the first person to achieve this feat (French Open and Wimbledon).
During the open era, only Federer (2003-07), McEnroe (1980-84), and Borg (1976-81) have appeared in five or more consecutive Wimbledon singles finals.
During the open era, only Federer (2006, against Nadal), Sampras (1994, against Ivanišević) and Becker (1989, against Edberg) have won a 6-0 set in a Wimbledon final.
Federer’s defeat of Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 US Open final was the first time during the open era that a player had won two 6-0 sets in a Grand Slam singles final.
Federer is the only male player of the open era to win at least one 6-0 set in the singles final of three different Grand Slam tournaments: the 2006 Australian Open against Baghdatis, the 2006 Wimbledon final against Nadal, and the 2004 US Open against Hewitt.