Relation(s) Mirka Federer (Spouse), Robert Federer (Father), Lynette Federer (Mother)
Roger Federer Biography
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player. A man of immense talent, he boasts of an extremely successful career, laden with achievements and trophies, and is widely considered one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game - if not the greatest.
Federer holds the record for winning the most number of Grand Slam titles, a total of 20, as well as the record of holding the ATP World No. 1 rank for 304 weeks (and counting), 237 of them being consecutive.
He also holds the record for winning the most Wimbledon titles, a total of eight, and the most US Open and Australian Open titles (in the Open Era) - five and six respectively.
Federer won the gold medal in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics in singles.
Owing to his vast success, he has received awards like the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, ITF World Champion, ATP Player of the Year multiple times.
Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He grew up in the suburbs of Munchenstein and was interested in all sports, and not just tennis, from a very young age. By the time he was eight years old, he had taken to playing football, basketball, badminton and obviously tennis.
Federer was extremely talented even as a child and at the age of 11 he was one of the top 3 junior tennis players in Switzerland. At the age of 12, Federer had to choose between tennis and football. He chose tennis because he felt he excelled at it more naturally.
Boris Becker was one of his boyhood heroes; Federer used to spend countless hours trying to imitate him and his technique.
He won the National Junior Championships in Switzerland as a 14-year-old, and his prodigious talent earned him a scholarship to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Ecublens, near Lausanne. Just before turning professional, Federer won the junior Wimbledon title and the Orange Bowl in 1998, and was recognized as the ITF World Junior Tennis Champion of the Year.
Federer turned professional in late 1998, and by 1999 had already broken into the top 100 of the ATP rankings. He rose to fame when he defeated reigning champion Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001. By the end of 2002, Federer was ranked number six in the world.
The year 2003 proved to be a breakthrough year for Federer as he made it to nine finals on the ATP tour, winning seven of them. He won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon that year.
By 2004, Federer had already achieved extensive success as he won his first US and Australian Open titles while also retaining his Wimbledon crown. He won 11 singles titles that year, which was the most in more than two decades. At the end of the year, Federer clinched the top spot in the ATP rankings.
Federer started 2005 by losing two Grand Slam semifinals - at the Australian Open and the French Open. However, he quickly made up for those as he won his third consecutive Wimbledon title, proving his dominance on grass, and second consecutive US Open.
He won four ATP Master Series 1000 titles and two ATP 500 tournaments, which helped him retain his number one ranking. He had a win percentage of 95.2% that year, which was the second best in the history of tennis behind John McEnroe in 1984.
Federer proved his dominance in 2006, by winning 12 singles titles which included three Grand Slams. He only missed out on the French Open, in which he reached the final but was defeated by rival Rafael Nadal. The 2006 season was arguably Federer’s best season; he only lost to two players that year - to Rafael Nadal four times, all in finals, and to Andy Murray.
Again in 2007, Federer reached all four Grand Slam titles, winning three of them. As a result he still kept his number one spot for the fourth consecutive year.
Federer’s dominance faded away in 2008 as he lost two Grand Slam finals to Rafael Nadal, at the French Open and Wimbledon. He also lost the Australian Open semifinal to Novak Djokovic. He managed to win the US Open, his only Grand Slam title that year, by defeating Murray in the final. His ranking slid to No. 2 for the first time in four years, and he also sustained a back injury that would prove to be recurring.
In 2009, Federer completed his career Grand Slam as he won his first ever French Open. He also broke Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles by winning the Wimbledon final. He regained his number one spot that year.
Post 2010, Federer slipped further from the top rank despite winning the Australian Open; he finished the year ranked third.
In 2011, Federer failed to win a single Grand Slam title but won the ATP World Tour finals. He rebounded in 2012, winning the Wimbledon title again and briefly getting back to the No. 1 spot, while also clinching a silver medal at the London Olympics.
However, Federer had a dismal phase again in 2013 as he failed to make it to a single final in the first four months. 2014 was a little better, as he reached the Wimbledon final and clinched his first Davis Cup.
In 2017, Federer made a remarkable comeback as he won two Grand Slam titles - at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He won his record 20th Grand Slam singles title at the 2018 Australian Open by defeating Croatian Marin Cilic.