There's no doubt about it, Roger made a statement in 2017.
Not only did he win 2 Grand Slams but he finished the year with 5 ATP titles, a Laver Cup Team Win and a handful of awards including Comeback Player of the Year, ATP Fan Favorite and Sportsmanship Award. And don't forget, in between breaking records left and right Roger also put on several fundraising events for the RF Foundation.
Let's take a quick look on what made 2017 so memorable!
Roger started the year off on the right foot as he dazzled and impressed the world with his play at the Australian Open. Finding himself matched up against his long time friend and tough opponent, Roger and Rafa put on quite the show during the Finals in Melbourne. Roger came away with the win after 5 grueling sets. This win put Roger back into the top ten and was his 18th career Grand Slam title.
Spring in the States proved to be successful as Roger captured the Sunshine Double, winning both the Indian Wells BNP Paribas and the Miami Open. Fans who thought they may never see the Swiss play his Spanish rival ever again, were treated to the "Fedal" matchup at both tournaments. Roger made quick work of Nadal this time and went full steam ahead to win his 5th Indian Wells Title. Roger and Rafa met in the finals of Miami where the Swiss used his serve to remain aggressive and win the title, collecting his 26th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Title.
After spending half of 2016 rehabbing injuries and preparing for 2017, Roger decided to make rest an important part of his schedule and skipped the 2017 French Open, allowing him to focus on the grass and hard court season.
The choice was wise as Roger held Match for Africa events and went into the grass season strong. He earned his 9th Halle Title and went into Wimbledon confident. After two weeks of impressive play at the All England Club, Roger solidified his excellence at Wimbledon beating Marin Cilic in the finals to win his 8th Wimbledon Title and 19th career Grand Slam.
Roger joined Team Europe in Prague in the fall to compete and capture the Laver Cup title. The format featured thrilling singles and doubles matches. Laver Cup proved to keep Roger on his toes and put him in fine form as he captured the Shanghai Masters 1000 Title by beating Rafael Nadal once again. He then traveled to his hometown of Basel, Switzerland to win his 8th hometown title by beating Juan Martin del Potro.
Roger wrapped up the year at the ATP World Tour Awards and by collecting his 50th win of the year at the Year End Finals in London.
2017 was a record breaking year for our favorite Swiss player and we can't wait to see what magic the Maestro will produce in 2018.