Brilliant Swiss star Roger Federer continued his near total domination of world tennis by collecting three more Grand Slam titles in the Laureus qualifying year, a feat which has given him the opportunity to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award for a record third straight time.
His win in the Australian Open final against Fernando Gonzalez in January 2007 was his tenth career Grand Slam title. He is now joint fifth on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners, and is just one behind Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver – at the age of just 25. In Melbourne he became the first man to win a Grand Slam title without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg at the 1980 French Open. Federer played one of his greatest ever matches in the semi-final against Andy Roddick, beating the American 6-4 6-0 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes. Federer said: “It was one of those days where everything worked. I've played good matches here, but that's a highlight of my career."
Federer won Wimbledon for the fourth straight year in July, beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the final and losing only one set throughout the championship. He also won the US Open for the third year, beating Roddick in the final. Only Nadal’s win in the French Open stopped him becoming the first man since Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.
Away from the Grand Slams, Federer was just as dominating. In November he won his third Masters Cup in Shanghai, giving him 12 titles in the calendar year. He is the only player in the Open Era to win ten or more ATP titles in a season for three consecutive years.