On Thursday, Roger Federer played in the 900th match of his career. Busted Racquet pored through the records of each of Fed's matches to come up with the 21 most interesting facts you may not know about the greatest champion in Grand Slam history.
1. Federer's first win came on Sept. 28, 1998 over No. 45 Guillaume Raoux in Toulouse. Federer was ranked No. 878 at the time and hadn't won a set in either of his first two ATP matches. Fed won his next match in Toulouse before losing in the quarterfinals. He moved up 482 places in the rankings after the tournament.
2. In his next event, Federer played the first top-10 opponent of his career, Andre Agassi. He lost in straight sets.
3. Fourteen months after his ATP tour debut, Federer cracked the top 100 for the first time. He dropped out after one week, but catapulted from No. 106 to No. 67 in two weeks in October 1999 after making the quarterfinals in Basel and the semis in Vienna.
4. That same month, Federer won his first tournament. He cruised to a win on the hard courts of Brest, France without beating a single player ranked ahead of him.
5. Federer made the final, quarterfinal and semifinal, respectively, in three straight tournaments at the start of the decade. Then he went on a six-match losing streak, five of those coming on clay. At the time, his career record on the surface was 3-15. Yet at the 2000 French Open, Federer made an unexpected run to the round of 16.
6. After a brief run in Halle, Federer then dropped seven-straight matches, including his Wimbledon debut in which he lost in straights to Yevgeny Kafelnikov. His record from April until August was 5-13, yet his ranking improved from No. 53 to No. 40 based on the run at Roland Garros.
7. In his U.S. Open debut in 2000, Federer won two matches before getting ousted by future No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
8. He won one tournament in 2001 and jumped to No. 13 in the rankings. Federer made a brief appearance in the top 10 after winning on clay in Hamburg, but fell out after a first-round loss in Roland Garros.
9. Later that year, Federer moved back into the top 10 after winning in Vienna. When he played in Madrid in October 2002 he was ranked No. 7. He hasn't been out of the top 10 since.
10. In 2003, Federer lost in the first round of the French Open to No. 88 Luis Horna. Federer would then go on to win Wimbledon, the first Grand Slam of his career.
11. Fed was seeded No. 5 at Wimbledon and didn't have to beat a player ranked ahead of him en route to the title. Federer beat No. 6 Andy Roddick in the semis and Mark Philippoussis, who was No. 48 at the time, in the final.
12. From there, Federer would go on to win 12 of the next 18 Grand Slams, the most dominant run in the history of tennis.
13. He didn't get to No. 1 until after winning the Australian Open in 2004. With that win, Federer displaced Roddick atop the rankings.
14. Entering Miami in 2004, Federer had won 27 of his last 28 matches and four of his last five tournaments. But the world No. 1 was unexpectedtly tripped up in the third-round of that Masters Series event by a young Spaniard named Rafael Nadal.
15. In 2004, Federer won 11 tournaments and three Grand Slams. In 2005 he won the same number of tournaments, but only managed two Slams.
16. From June 2005 to March 2007, Federer made it to the finals of every event he played. That included a seven-tournament winning streak. He was finally tripped up in the second-round at Indian Wells by No. 60 Guillermo Canas.
17. Federer would lose again to Canas in his next tournament.
18. The worst loss Federer suffered as No. 1 was to 101st-ranked Richard Gasquet in 2005 in Monte Carlo.
19. From October 2008 to May 2009, Federer failed to win a tournament, leading to questions about whether he was finished. (That stretch included the infamous crying jag after losing to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.) Federer silenced the doubters by winning three straight tournaments beginning in May, including the epic Wimbledon victory over Andy Roddick.
20. This year was a down year for Federer and included him dropping below No. 2 for the first time since 2004. But of his losses, only two clay-court defeats to Ernests Gulbis and Albert Montanes stand out as "bad." Federer lost to two other players outside the top 20 as well (Marcos Baghdatis and Lleyton Hewitt).
21. Federer won in his 900th match on Thursday over Taylor Dent. His stats: