Past Athletes

Personal Data

Surname: FedererFirstname: RogerCountry: SwitzerlandDate of birth: 1981-08-08Birthplace : BâleHeight: 185 cmWeight: 80.0 kg

Career Data

Professional debut: 1998Grand Slam titles: 16 (up to 31/01/2010)Victories in tournaments: 74 (singles), 8 (doubles) - up to 13/05/2012Best year-end ATP world ranking: 1st (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)Olympic Games (1 medal - 1 gold)Grand Slam tournamentsOther victoriesRecords
  • Double : 1st (2008/with Stanislas Wawrinka)
  • 4 Australian Open titles (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010), 1 final (2009), 4 semi-finals (2005, 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • 1 French Open (2009), 4 finals (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), 1 semi-final (2005)
  • 6 Wimbledon titles (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), 1 final (2008)
  • 5 US Open titles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), 1 final (2009), 2 semi-finals (2010, 2011)
  • 6 Masters titles (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011), 1 final (2005), 2 semi-finals (2002, 2009)
  • 65 consecutive victories on grass (previous record : Björn Borg - 41) - up to 04/07/2008
  • 10 Grand Slam finals in a row (Wimbledon 2005 - US Open 2007)
  • 23 Grand Slam semi-finals in a row (up to 27/01/2010)
  • 23 Grand Slam finals (up to 05/06/2011)
  • 6 Masters (up to 27/11/2011)

Biography

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Roger Federer has won it all. Or almost. Five Wimbledon crowns, four US Open titles, three Australian Opens. Who has won more? Pete Sampras, with his 14 Grand Slams but for how much longer?

Halted recently in his chase to catch the American, the Swiss master lost in the Aussie semi-finals against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, perhaps a sign that he might not have it all his own way in the Olympic year of Beijing.

He then suffered his first defeat at Wimbledon in five years when his nemesis Rafael Nadal ended his run in July 2008 during one of the greatest finals ever witnessed.

In fact the Olympic gold is high on his list of priorities and one of the more notable titles along with the French Open and Davis Cup as those missing on his long list of honours.

All signs point towards Federer surpassing Sampras and since his first Wimbledon crown in 2003 at the age of 21, the 'Federer Express' has been virtually unstoppable.

However after a record run of over four years at world number one, he will lose that status on August 18 to the charging Nadal who has had an amazing 2008 season.

Fifty-four straight wins on grass, five straight Wimbledon titles to equal Bjorn Borg's mark and ten straight Grand Slam finals between Wimbledon 2005 and the 2007 US Open.

If 2003 was the consecration of his immense talent with his first title in London, 2004 was an even greater explosion of success.

He won three of the four Grand Slams, the first man to achieve this feat since Mats Willander in 1988 and repeated the trick in 2006 and 2007.

On February 11, 2004 he became world number one and he is still world number one.

Set to turn 27 on the day of the opening ceremony for Beijing, Federer plays the "tennis of dreams" crushing all opponents before him with compliments such as the "magician" or "extra-terrestrial" just two outstanding remarks bestowed upon him.

Swift, balanced, a good serve, strong at the net and as powerful on his one-handed backhand as his forehand, Federer has no weak points.

Only the Spaniard Rafael Nadal has been able to beat him on a regular basis and that has only been on clay.

Apart from his nemesis, the Argentine David Nalbandian and Djokovic, he has no serious rivals.

The man from Basel gave few impressions in his early career that he would become one of the giants of the game.

His South African mother Lynette was a former field hockey champion and he inherited from her a taste for sport. His father Robert was a chemical engineer and pushed him away from studies and more towards wrestling, cards or video games.

At 14, he opted for tennis but he was also a handy footballer and lived next door to the home ground of FC Basel.

Wimbledon champion in singles and doubles as a junior and a junior world number one, he turned professional in 1998. Timid, he did not initially possess the mental strength to succeed but he did progress steadily and worked hard on his mind, himself and with it came success.

Happy with himself, happy with his game, Roger Federer began his gravy train of success in 2003 and not much has stopped him since.

If he wins in Beijing, he will not however become the first Olympic champion from Switzerland. That honour belongs to Marc Rosset who swept to the gold medal in Barcelona in 1992.


Photos

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia by a score of 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to win the US Open men's title for a fourth consecutive time 09 September 2007 in Flushing Meadows.            AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARYSpain's Rafael Nadal (L) holds his trophy after defeating Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) during their final tennis match of the 2008 Wimbledon championships against  at The All England Tennis Club in southwest London, on July 6, 2008. Nadal won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.       AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISSwiss Roger Federer holds the trophy after defeating Spanish Rafael Nadal in men's final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, in south London, 08 July 2007. Roger Federer won the Wimbledon men's singles title for the fifth successive year with a 7-6 (9/7), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-2 victory over Rafael Nadal. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARRoger Federer of Switzerland stretches for a serve from Mark Philippoussis of Australia during their Men's Final match on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 06 July, 2003 in Wimbledon, south London.    AFP PHOTO/Thomas COEXRoger Federer of Switzerland plays against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in their men's singles third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 19 January 2007. Federer was leading 6-3, 6-3 as play continues.      AFP PHOTO / GREG WOODTop seed Roger Federer of Switzerland pounds a forehand against fourth seed Marat Safin of Russia in their men's singles semifinal match at the 2005 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 27 January 2005. Federer was leading 7-5, 4-6, 3-2 as play continues.      AFP PHOTO/WILLIAM WEST
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