PROFILE OF ROGER FEDERER
Roger Federer is a professional tennis player from Switzerland who is currently ranked by the ATP as the World No.2. According to most tennis critics, analysts and current and former players Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time. Roger Federer has many Open Era world records to his name with the World No.1 title being held for overall 302 weeks and 237 weeks at a continuous stretch from 2004 to 2008.
Roger Federer has won 17 Grand Slams and has reached the finals of record 5 Grand Slam tournaments. In addition, he has reached the finals of Wimbledon 8 times. He is only 1 out of 4 in the Open Era and 1 out of 7 men to have captured the career Grand Slam. In addition, Federer is only 1 of the 3 players to do it separately on grass, clay and hard courts, with the other two players being Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.
Roger Federer was born on 8th August, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland to Robert Federer and Lynette Du Rand. Roger’s mother is a South African and his parents met each other on a business trip. Federer became the national junior champion at just 14 and was selected to be trained at the Swiss National Tennis Center, Ecublens. He was sponsored at 16 and enrolled with the International Tennis Federation in 1996. In 1998, Federer won the Orange Bowl and junior Wimbledon before he became a pro. This year, he was also awarded as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion.
Starting 1989, Federer was coached by Seppli Kacovsky. Roger has acknowledged that he has learnt many of his tactics from Seppli that helped him through his entire career. The most influential coach in his career was Peter Carter. Under his supervision, Federer went on to win 4 ITF junior trophies and completed the 1998 season as the top-rank junior player.
During the 1999 season, Federer trained under Peter Lundgren, the form ATP tennis star. Others who trained Federer later on include Tony Roche, Severin Luthi and Paul Annacone. Paul Annacone is the famous coach of Pete Sampras and Federer hired his service to put his career and game on the right path. Under Annacone’s supervision, he re-achieved his World. No. 1 ranking and also won his 7th Wimbledon Championship title.
Roger Federer is married to Mirka Vavrinec, who is a former tennis player but retired after a foot injury in 2002. Both met each other in the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they were in the same team playing for Switzerland. They were married in Riehen in April 2009 and currently have two girls.
ROMAN CATHOLIC FAITH
Federer was raised in the Roman Catholic faith and he also met the Pope during one of the tournaments in Rome in 2006. Before taking to tennis, Federer also underwent military service with the Swiss army.
FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
Roger Federer is the first man from Switzerland to have won the Grand Slam. He holds the Wimbledon Championship for a record 7 times, and tied with Pete Sampras for his 286-week World No.1 ranking.
Federer became a sensation at the 2001 Wimbledon when be knocked out the reigning champion Pete Sampras. It was in 2003 that he achieved the first Grand Slam for any Swiss man when he won the Wimbledon singles. When the year 2004 started, Federer ranking No.2 went on to win the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, the ATP Masters and defended his Wimbledon title. This helped him become the World No.1 at the beginning of 2005. The Ace went on to remain at the No.1 position between 2004 and 2008. In 2012, the 30-year old tennis legend went on to defeat the current World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Wimbledon and Andy Murray in the finals.
The 2012 season began for Federer with the ATP World Tour. Even though he could achieve only a semifinals finish, losing to Rafael Nadal, he went on to win 3 consecutive titles at the BNP Paribas Open, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the ABM AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The biggest feat was winning his 7th Wimbledon title. Federer had a season record of 71 to 12 during the 2012 season.
Even though, the 2011 was great for Roger compared to most of the other players, but it was still a lean year compared to his own career. Novak Djokovic defeated him in the Australian Open. This was the first time in 9 years that Federer didn’t hold any of the 4 Major titles. However, Djokovic’s consecutive 43-win streak came to an end at the hands of none other than Roger Federer at the 2011 French Open. However, he couldn’t beat Rafael Nadal at the finals.
Having withdrawn from the 2012 Qatar Open, Federer lost at the Australian Open semifinals to Rafael Nadal. The Swiss team was also eliminated at the 2012 Davis Cup World Cup, with Federer losing his singles match to John Isner. However, Federer went on to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament beating Juan Martin del Potro in Rotterdam. Then, he won the 2012 Dubai Tennis Championships beating Andy Murray in the finals. He won the 2012 Indian Wells Masters title for the 4th time beating Nadal in the semifinals and Isner in the finals. His winning streak during the Miami Masters helped him regain his World No.2 rank from Nadal.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
According to Roger Federer, he wouldn’t be playing as often in the coming years. However, he is looking forward to play in the 2016 Olympics. The fact that the 31-year-old player continues to display streaks of greatness even at this age makes him a legend. Through his over-a-decade old pro career, he has achieved more titles to his name than any other tennis player has. Federer says that he would be watchful of the tournaments that he chooses in the future so that he can keep playing at the highest level.