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Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Born in 1981 to parents Robert and Lynette, Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, and currently ranked no. 3 in the world. He began playing tennis at age 8, and turned pro when he was just 17 years of age. His idols growing up were Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras. Wife, Mirka (they married in 2009), was also a professional tennis player and even played with Roger.

Roger Federer is one of the all-time greats in the tennis world, and many commentators and pro tennis players will attest to this. Federer has had an illustrious career in tennis, winning an incredible 17 Grand Slam titles, and spending more than 300 weeks at the top of the word rankings.

Among his accomplishments are 24 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He has his preferred surfaces, but he has impressive results on hard, grass and clay courts. Federer has been coached by Stefan Edberg, Tony Roche, Peter Lundgren, and Seppli Kacovsky, but it all started with Peter Carter, who trained him until he was 14. Carter helped Fed with his groundstrokes, serve and overall game. He was a good friend and the most influential coach Fed has had, developing him into the dominant player he is on the professional men’s circuit today.

Early playing history

Federer showed a keen interest in sports from an early age, playing tennis and soccer at the age of 8. By the age of 11, he was ranked as one of the top 3 junior tennis players in all of Switzerland. At age 12, he quit soccer to focus on tennis completely.

At 14, he became the national junior champion in Switzerland, and was chosen to train with the squad at the Swiss National Tennis Center. In 1998, the same year Federer turned pro, he won the junior Wimbledon singles and doubles titles.

Rise to the top

Federer’s rise to the top and ability to compete with the best in the world even at this point in his career shows what a true great he is.

In 2001, he ended the reign of Pete Sampras at Wimbledon, beating him in the fourth round in a five-set classic that will be remembered for a very long time. A champion was born. In 2002, he won his first masters tournament on clay in Hamburg, Germany.

Following the Sampras win and a good grass court season in 2003, Roger went on to win his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. On that day, Federer demonstrated his great all court game with that classic one-handed backhand. People began calling him the Federer Express.

Although he hadn’t displayed much of this form in the 2 years after his debut slam win. He lost in the first round at Wimbledon in 2002, and in 2003 he entered Wimbledon after his second-straight first round defeat at the French Open.

The question on people’s minds was whether his win over Sampras was a fluke or not. Federer’s change of fortune didn’t come at Wimbledon, but at one of the grass court tournaments leading up to it, winning the Halle Open title in Germany. It still didn’t make him the favorite heading into Wimbledon that year, that honour went to the American Andy Roddick. While Fed was winning the Halle tournament, Roddick was dominating the lead-up tournament at the Queen’s Club, beating Agassi on his way to claiming the title.

At the 2003 Wimbledon, Federer knew his chances of winning the tournament had improved when Lleyton Hewitt the defending champion lost in the first round. Federer met Roddick in the much anticipated semi-final, and the Swiss didn’t fail to impress with a stylish victory over the big serving American, winning in 3 straight sets. Federer more than held his own, recording 17 aces for the match. It was the match that announced Federer to the tennis world and put his opponents on notice because they knew he was going to be hard to beat.

By 2004, Roger Federer had a world ranking of no. 2 in the world and had also won the Australian Open and US Open grand slam titles. The future since then as we’ve found out has been a golden one that tennis fans around the world will cherish. And his stellar winning record isn’t what makes people love Roger, it’s the way he wins and conducts himself on the court.

Andy Roddick was Federer’s biggest rival, although he also had fantastic clashes with other top players going around like Hewitt and more recently Nadal and Djokovic.

Professional highlights

In 2003, Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam tournament title at Wimbledon with his win over Mark Philippoussis. Scuds chance had come too late, he had come up against the dominant Swiss maestro. Federer became the first Swiss male tennis player to win a grand slam singles title.

A key moment in Federer’s career was when he won his first French Open title in 2009, equaling Pete Sampras’s record of 14 grand slam titles, and becoming the sixth male tennis player to win all four majors. Of course, the last player to do this was Agassi by winning the 1999 French Open to complete the career Grand Slam.

Federer’s brilliance was on display in the 2012 Wimbledon final against Andy Murray. It was the first British man to have reached the final since 1938. It was Federer’s 7th Wimbledon title, and 17th career grand slam victory. He also regained the no. 1 world ranking.

His career highlights also include a gold medal with partner Stan Wawrinka at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Fun facts about Roger Federer you might not know

● Roger is 50% South African, his mother is from Johannesburg.
● He was a vegetarian until he was 14 years of age.
● The Swiss government presented him with a special Roger Federer postal stamp. He is the only living citizen to ever receive such an honour.
● The Swiss pro was presented with a 1,760 lb. milking cow after winning his first Wimbledon title. He has named it “Juliette”.

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