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Twenty-four years and 103 titles – a closer look at Roger Federer’s career

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Roger Federer will play his final professional tennis match alongside his great rival Rafael Nadal on Friday night.Federer and Nadal – with 42 grand slam titles between them – are representing Team Europe in doubles at the Laver Cup, and will face Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of Team World in what is likely to be an emotional occasion at London’s O2 Arena.Here, the PA news agency picks out some defining statistics behind Federer’s extraordinary singles career.Federer famously made 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals between 2004 and 2010, including 10 finals in a row from Wimbledon 2005 to the US Open in 2007.This consistency stemmed from his calmness on court, but the 20-time major champion once had a reputation for losing his temper and throwing his racket during matches, which led to some early ups and downs that persisted for far longer than any of his modern-day rivals.Federer was hailed as the next tennis superstar after defeating Pete Sampras in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2001 – when the American was going for his fifth consecutive title – but he went on to lose in the quarter-finals to Tim Henman before crashing out in the first round the following year against the unseeded Mario Ancic.By the time he reached his first major final in 2003, he had played 309 tour-level singles matches across five years.That tally is by far the highest among those who have made it to five or more grand slam finals during Federer’s era.Sampras had only 110 matches to his name before his first major final at the 1990 US Open, while Nadal had played just 127 before he won his first French Open in 2005.Britain’s Andy Murray waited a long time before lifting a grand slam title at the US Open in 2012, but he had already established

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