1997-Became youngest (15 years, 11 months) qualifier in history of Australian Open and lost to former Top 10 Bruguera in 1st RD…Afterward, made debut on ATP Rankings at No. 797 on Jan. 27…Won first Challenger match in Perth (d. Crabb, l. to Susnjak in 2nd RD)…Played two Australian Satellites and picked up total of 24 points…In doubles, reached his first Challenger final in Perth (w/L. Smith)…1998-Captured hometown title in Adelaide and became youngest tour winner (16 yrs., 10 mons.) since Chang in 1988 and lowest-ranked (550) winner in tour history…En route, defeated Draper, Woodforde, Spadea, Agassi and Stoltenberg in final…His opponents had combined to win 1,108 career matches to none for Aussie…Later in year, reached QF in Singapore and final at Singapore Challenger (cancelled due to rain)…1999-Jumped 91 ranking positions and won 34 more matches from previous year…Appeared in four finals, winning once, and helped his country to Davis Cup title (d. France) with 4-2 mark in his debut during year…Opened with runner-up effort in his native Adelaide (l. to Enqvist), site of his first career title…In Scottsdale, beat Rafter in 2nd RD before losing to Gambill in a three-set final…Two months later, captured his first clay court title in Delray Beach, defeating Malisse in first all-teenager final since October 1995 (Rios d. Philippoussis)…Played well on grass, reaching SF at Queen’s, QF in Nottingham and 3rd RD at Wimbledon, losing to Becker on Centre Court…In July, made Davis Cup debut in QF tie in Boston, defeating Martin and O’Brien (dead rubber)…In his next event in Los Angeles, retired with left ankle sprain in QF on July 30 against Agassi…Missed one month of action before coming back at US Open…Compiled 6-3 record vs. Top 10 opponents and played well on all surfaces – 22-10 on hard, 10-3 on grass, 6-2 on carpet and 6-3 on clay…2000- Became first teenager to win four titles in a season since Sampras in 1990 and finished as No. 1 Aussie for first time…Also first teenager to qualify for season-ending Tennis Masters Cup and finish in Top 10 since Andrei Medvedev in 1993…Led his country to a second straight Davis Cup final, only to lose 3-1 to Spain (d. Costa in five sets, l. to Ferrero)…Began year with 13-match winning streak with titles in his hometown of Adelaide (d. Enqvist) and Sydney (d. Stoltenberg) before losing in 4th RD to Norman at Australian Open…In March, captured title in Scottsdale (d. Henman) and advanced to first TMS SF in Miami (l. to Sampras)…On clay, reached SF at TMS Roma and 4th RD at Roland Garros (l. to Costa)…Won title at Queen’s Club in London with victories over Wheaton, Ivanisevic, Pioline, Pozzi and “King of Grass” Sampras in final…Did not lose a 1st RD match in first 10 events of year until losing to Gambill at Wimbledon… Capped an 8-2 mark on grass with two Davis Cup victories over Brazil in SF to lead Australia into final for second straight year…During North American summer hard court circuit, reached SF in Indianapolis and US Open (l. to Sampras), his first Grand Slam semi…Captured his first Grand Slam doubles title at US Open (w/Mirnyi), defeating E. Ferreira-Leach in final…By winning title, became youngest male (at 19 years, 6 months) to win a Slam doubles crown in Open Era…Finished season indoors with runner-up at TMS Stuttgart,losing to Ferreira in a five-set marathon (4 hours, 11 minutes-longest final of year)…Qualified for his first Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon and in opening match defeated Sampras 75 60, handing American his first bagel set lost since 1996…Finished 1-2 in round robin play…Played well on all surfaces – 37-11 on hard, 11-5 on clay, 8-2 on grass and 5-1 on carpet…Went 15-0 against left-handers…2001- Finished as youngest player (20 years, 10 months) and first player from his country to finish No. 1 in history of ATP Rankings (since 1973)…The previous youngest was Jimmy Connors (22 years, 3 months) in 1974…He accomplished feat by winning his career-best sixth title of year at Tennis Masters Cup in Sydney (d. Grosjean)… Became first Aussie to win year-end championship and first player to win title undefeated (5-0) since Michael Stich in 1993…Came into tournament 48 points behind No. 1 Kuerten but Brazilian went 0-3 in round robin play and Aussie compiled a 3-0 mark to clinch No. 1…Led ATP with 80 match victories and was co-leader (w/Kuerten) with six titles, including his first Grand Slam singles crown…Also compiled an ATP-best 17-match winning streak…Finished year with a 23-3 record from beginning of US Open through Davis Cup final…In 21 tournaments, lost in opening round only once…The mainstay of Aussie Davis Cup team led his country to final for third straight year, only to lose 3-2 to France…Lost to Escude in five sets in opening rubber and beat Grosjean in fourth rubber…Lost doubles (w/Rafter)…In January, repeated title in Sydney (d. Norman)…Had 22 match wins in TMS play (22-7), second to Kuerten’s 23…Followed with heroic Davis Cup performance on clay in Brazil, winning two singles matches and one doubles match (w/Rafter) to lead Aussies to a 3-1 victory…His biggest Cup victory came over Kuerten in QF tie in April in Brazilian’s hometown of Florianopolis…Led Australia to ATP World Team Championship title in Dusseldorf (d. Russia)…Turned in his best result at Roland Garros by reaching QF (l. to Ferrero)…In June on grass, repeated his title at Queen’s (d. Sampras in SF, Henman in F) and followed with title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch without dropping a set (d. Canas)…Continued success at Wimbledon where he reached 4th RD for first time, only to have his 13-match winning streak snapped by Escude in five sets…His biggest moment of year came at US Open where he broke through to capture his first Grand Slam singles title with five-set victories over Blake in 2nd RD and Roddick in QF before posting straight-set wins over Kafelnikov in SF and Sampras in F…Finished season with a 5-3 record in five-set matches…Returned home for Davis Cup SF tie vs. Sweden and led Aussies into final with four-set victories over Bjorkman and Johansson…It is first time Australia reached three straight Cup finals in World Group format since they appeared in four consecutive finals from 1965-68…Returned to tournament play Oct. 1 in Tokyo and had little trouble capturing his first career Asian title (d. Kratochvil in F)…Suffered his only opening round loss of year at TMS Paris (l. to Lapentti)…Then closed out year at TMC in Sydney by winning all five of his matches and dropping only one set, that coming to Grosjean in opening round robin match…It was his first career indoor title and fifth in his homeland…With Rafter finishing No. 7, it marked first time since 1975 two Aussies ranked in year-end Top 10…Played well on all surfaces, compiling a 50-10 record on hard, 16-2 on grass and 14-5 on clay…Led ATP in return games won (33 percent) and points won returning 2nd serve (55 percent)…2002-Became only fourth player to rank No. 1 for every week during calendar year, joining Connors, Lendl and Sampras….Was No. 1 on ATP Entry Ranking every week since he first took over top spot on Nov. 19, 2001 after winning Tennis Masters Cup title in Sydney…Also seventh player to finish No. 1 for at least two straight years (Sampras-6, Connors-5, McEnroe-4, Lendl-3, Borg-2, Edberg-2)…Captured five titles in seven finals and won at least 60 matches for a third straight season…Co-leader in titles (w/Agassi) and led circuit with 61 match wins, highlighted by his second career Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon and repeat title at Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai…Went 2-1 in round robin play, then defeated Federer in three-set SF and Ferrero 6-4 in fifth set in final (after trailing 1-3 in last set)…The 50-game final was longest on tour during season…Became first player to win back-to-back year-end titles since Sampras in 1996-97…Had a streak of 10 consecutive finals won come to an end with his runner-up effort at TMS Cincinnati…After overcoming a bout of chicken pox in first month of season, captured his first title in San Jose where he saved four match points in a 2nd RD win over Srichaphan and two more match points over Agassi in one of most exciting finals of year…He followed with his first career Tennis Masters title in Indian Wells (d. Sampras in SF, Henman in F), losing one set in six matches…The 14-game final was shortest of year…Had his season-best 15-match winning streak snapped in SF of Miami (l. to Federer)…On clay, compiled a 10-5 mark with his best results SF in Barcelona, QF at TMS Hamburg and Round 16 at Roland Garros…In June, became first player to win Queen’s title (d. Henman) three straight years since John McEnroe from 1979-81…Became first Aussie to capture Wimbledon title since Pat Cash in 1987…Dropped only two sets during fortnight, both coming in QF five-set win over Schalken…Then beat Henman in SF and surprise finalist Nalbandian 61 63 62…Compiled a 14-0 record on grass for season…During North American summer hard court circuit, lost in opening round to Mantilla at TMS Toronto, reached final at TMS Cincinnati (l. to Moya) and fell to eventual champion Rusedski in 3rd RD in Indianapolis…Came into US Open as defending champion and advanced to SF, losing to Agassi in four sets…Helped Australia back into 2003 Davis Cup World Group by posting a singles and doubles victory in 5-0 decision over India…In final TMS event of season in Paris, reached final (l. to Safin)…Had most TMS match wins (23) on circuit…Compiled records of 33-9 on hard, 10-5 on clay and 4-1 on carpet…Led circuit in return games won (33 percent) for third straight year and points won returning first serve (35 percent)…Finished No. 10 in aces with a career-best 536…Earned a career-high $4,619,386.