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Switzerland's Roger Federer attends a press conference at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2021, ahead of the start of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by AELTC/Florian Eisele / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by AELTC/FLORIAN EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

Roger Federer is a professional tennis player from Switzerland. The Association of Tennis Professionals has him ranked eighth in the world (ATP).

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Early life

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Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8, 1981. His Swiss father, Robert Federer, is from Berneck in the Canton of St. Gallen, and his Afrikaner mother, Lynette Federer (née Durand), is from Kempton Park in the South African province of Gauteng. He has one sibling, Diana, his older sister, who is the mother of twins.

Because Federer’s mother is South African, he is a dual citizen of Switzerland and South Africa. He grew up in adjacent Birsfelden, Riehen, and finally Münchenstein, close to the French and German borders, and he speaks Swiss German, Standard German, English, and French fluently, as well as functional Italian and Swedish.

Federer worked as a ball boy at the Swiss Indoors, an event held in his hometown of Basel, in 1992 and 1993.

Career overview

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He and Rafael Nadal share the all-time record of 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Federer has been the world No. 1 in the ATP rankings for a total of 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks, and has closed the year as the No. 1 five times.

Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles, second only to Jimmy Connors, and has reached a record six ATP Finals.

Tennis career

Junior years

Federer’s most notable junior achievements came at Wimbledon in 1998, when he won both the boys’ singles final over Irakli Labadze and the doubles final with Olivier Rochus, defeating the team of Michal Llodra and Andy Ram.

He also reached the US Open Junior final in 1998, losing to David Nalbandian. Federer won four ITF junior singles tournaments during his career, including the prestigious Orange Bowl, where he defeated Guillermo Coria in the final.

He finished 1998 with the No. 1 junior world ranking, was named ITF Junior World Champion, and competed in his first professional tournament in Gstaad, where he lost in the first round to Lucas Arnold Ker.

Professional career

Federer broke into the top 100 for the first time on September 20, 1999, in the 1999 Marseille Open, where he defeated the reigning champion of the 1998 French Open, Spaniard Carlos Moyá.

In his debut final, he lost to fellow Swiss Marc Rosset at the Marseille Open in 2000. Federer and world No. 1 Martina Hingis won the 2001 Hopman Cup for Switzerland.

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Federer made his international debut at the Wimbledon Championships in 2001, when he faced four-time reigning champion and all-time Grand Slam leader Pete Sampras. Federer advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating the No. 1 seed in a five-set showdown. In the quarterfinals, he met Englishman Tim Henman, whom he finally defeated in a fourth-set tiebreaker.

Federer won his first Master Series event, the 2002 Hamburg Masters on clay, defeating Marat Safin; the victory propelled Federer into the top ten for the first time. Between 1998 and 2002, Federer reached ten solo finals, winning four and losing six.

Wimbledon record

Federer won his first Grand Slam singles championship at Wimbledon in 2003, defeating Andy Roddick in the semifinals and Mark Philippoussis in the final.

If he made it to the Montreal final in August, he would have a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Andre Agassi for the first time. However, he lost to Roddick in the semifinals in a final-set tiebreaker, leaving him 120 points behind Agassi.

This, combined with early losses to David Nalbandian in Cincinnati and the US Open, denied Federer the opportunity to become the season’s No. 1.

Career-best season

Federer’s 2006 season was statistically the finest of his career. In November 2011, Tennis.com’s main editorial writer, Stephen Tignor, ranked Federer’s 2006 season as the second-best season of all time during the Open Era, trailing only Rod Laver’s Grand Slam year of 1969.

Federer won 12 singles titles, the most since Thomas Muster in 1995 and John McEnroe in 1984, and had a 92–5 match record (the most wins since Ivan Lendl in 1982). Federer advanced to the finals of 16 of the 17 tournaments he entered this season.

Federer won three Grand Slam singles titles and advanced to the finals of the other in 2006, with his lone defeat coming against Nadal in the French Open.

Federer won one Grand Slam in 2008, a singles title at the US Open over Andy Murray. Federer and Stan Wawrinka won the gold medal in doubles at the Olympics, defeating the American team of the Bryan brothers in the semifinals and the Swedish combination of Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson in the final.

Wimbledon title, return to No. 1 

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Federer’s 2012 season had his most match wins since 2006, as well as his highest winning percent and number of trophies since 2007.

Federer reached the Australian Open semifinals in 2012, setting up a 27th career encounter with Nadal, which he lost in four sets. He then defeated Juan Martin del Potro to win the Rotterdam Open for the first time since 2005. Federer competed at the 2012 Dubai Tennis Championships, winning the championship for the fifth time in his career after defeating Andy Murray in the final. Federer then went on to win the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and John Isner in the final.

Federer defeated Julien Benneteau in a five-set encounter in the third round of Wimbledon on his way to winning the title. Federer defeated Andy Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon final in four sets, retaining the No. 1 ranking in the process.

Records

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  • Federer has a total of 20 Grand Slam singles titles to his name (tied with Nadal). Federer broke Pete Sampras’s (14) all-time record in 2009 and is the first and only male player (together with Nadal and Djokovic) to win 15+ Grand Slam singles titles in tennis history.
  • Federer has held the world No. 1 ranking for 310 weeks in the Open Era. Federer eclipsed Sampras’ previous ATP record of 286 weeks as No. 1 in 2012. Federer held the record for the most weeks at No. 1 until March 8, 2021, when Djokovic broke it. Furthermore, from 2004 to 2008, Federer maintained the top singles position for 237 weeks in a row, beating Jimmy Connors’ 31-year-old record of 160 weeks.
  • Federer is the only player in tennis history to have won 6 or more titles in at least seven separate events. Federer has won 10 Halle Open (ATP 500) trophies, 10 Swiss Indoors (ATP 500) titles, 8 Wimbledon (Grand Slam) titles, 8 Dubai Tennis Championships (ATP 500) titles, 7 Cincinnati Masters (Masters 1000) titles, 6 Australian Open (Grand Slam) titles, and 6 World Tour Finals titles.
  • Roger Federer is the first player to win more than five World Tour Finals championships. Federer is the first and only player in history to reach ten finals and sixteen semifinals. He has played in the 8-man year-end event 14 years in a row and 17 times overall, making him the only player in the open period to accomplish both of these milestones.
  • Roger Federer is the only player in history to win the US Hardcourt Triple Crown (Indian Wells, Miami, and Cincinnati) in a single season (2005)
  • Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have won five Masters titles in a row with no sets dropped.
  • Roger Federer is the only player to have won three Masters titles with no sets dropped on three different surfaces (hard, clay, and indoors).
  • Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have won a total of nine Masters titles.
  • Roger Federer is the first player to have won a single Masters tournament on three different court surfaces (in Madrid, indoors, red clay, and blue clay).

Personal life

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Wіfе/Ѕроuѕе NаmеМіrkа Fеdеrеr (m. 2009)
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеМуlа Rоѕе, Сhаrlеnе Rіvа, Lео, аnd Lеnnаrt.
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