1981 – He was born on the 8th day of August this year in Basel, Switzerland.
1987 – He started playing tennis at the age of six.
1990 – He started having tennis group practice at the age of nine.
1994 – He also practiced football (soccer) until he decided to focus on tennis at age 13.
1995 – He became the national champion for all age groups in Switzerland. He was also chosen to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center at Ecublens.
1996 – He joined the ITF junior tennis circuit.
1998 – He joined the ATP tour.
1999 – He is debuted for the Swiss Davis Cup team.
2000 – He reached the semifinals at the Sydney Olympics and lost the bronze medal match to Arnaud Di Pasquale of France. He was also the runner-up in Basel and Marseille.
2001 – His first ATP tournament victory came in Milan.
2002 – He reached his first ATP Masters Series (AMS) final at the Miami Masters, where he lost to Andre Agassi. He won his next AMS final in Hamburg.
2003 – He started by winning consecutive tournaments in Dubai and Marseille.
2004 – He won three of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments, lost to no one ranked in the top ten, and won every final he reached.
2005 – He reached the Australian Open semifinals before falling to eventual winner Marat Safin in a five-set night match that lasted more than four hours.
2006 – He won three of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments and ended the year ranked number one, with his ranking points several thousand points greater than his nearest competitor’s points.
2007 – He won the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, defeating Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the final 6-4, 6-3.