Roger Federer


Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Federer at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships
Country Germany
Residence Bottmingen, Switzerland
Born 8 August 1981 (1981-08-08) (age 30)
Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1998[1]
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$65,174,935
Singles
Career record 803–186 (81.19%)
Career titles 69
Highest ranking No. 1 (2 February 2004)
Current ranking No. 4 (14 November 2011)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010)
French Open W (2009)
Wimbledon W (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
US Open W (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010)
Olympic Games 4th place (losing bronze-finalist) (2000)
Doubles
Career record 119–76 (61%)
Career titles 8
Highest ranking No. 24 (9 June 2003)
Current ranking No. 133 (15 August 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2003)
French Open 1R (2000)
Wimbledon QF (2000)
US Open 3R (2002)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold Medal (2008)
Last updated on: 7 November 2011.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Switzerland
Men's Tennis
Gold 2008 Beijing Doubles

Roger Federer (German pronunciation: [ˈfeːdəʁɐ]) (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who held the ATP no. 1 position for a record 237 consecutive weeks,[2] and 285 weeks overall. As of 14 November 2011, he is ranked world no. 4 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Federer has won a men's record 16 Grand Slam singles titles. He is one of seven male players to capture the career Grand Slam and one of three (with Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal) to do so on three different surfaces (clay, grass, and hard courts). He is the only male player in tennis history to have reached the title match of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times and also the final at each of the nine ATP Masters 1000 Tournaments. Many sports analysts, tennis critics, and former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Federer has appeared in an unprecedented 23 career Grand Slam finals, of which 10 were consecutive appearances, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals over the four and a half years from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open, the lone exception being the 2008 Australian Open. He holds the record of reaching the semifinals or better of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over five and a half years from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open.[10] At the 2011 US Open, he reached a record 30th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.[11]

Federer has won a record five ATP World Tour Finals (shared with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras) and 18 ATP Masters Series tournaments (second all-time). He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. He spent eight years (2003–2010) continuously in the top 2 in the year-end rankings. His rivalry with Rafael Nadal is considered one of the greatest of all time in the sport. In 2011, he was voted the second most trusted and respected human in the world, second only to Nelson Mandela.[12][13]

As a result of Federer's successes in tennis, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years (2005–2008).[14] He is often referred to as the Federer Express[15] or abbreviated to Fed Express, or FedEx, the Swiss Maestro,[15] or simply Maestro.[15][16][17][18] In 2011, Federer was ranked no. 25 on the Forbes Celebrity 100 List.[19]

Personal life

Childhood and early life

Federer was born in Binningen, near Basel, to Swiss national Robert Federer and South African-born Lynette.[20] He holds both Swiss and South African citizenships.[21] He grew up in suburban Münchenstein, near Basel, close to the French and German borders and speaks Swiss German, German, French and English fluently, Swiss German being his native language.[20][22][23] He was raised as a Roman Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome.[24] Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, in 2003 he was deemed unfit due to a long-standing back problem and was subsequently not required to fulfill his military obligation.[25] Federer himself also credits the range of sports he played as a child—he also played badminton and basketball—for his hand-eye coordination. “I was always very much more interested if a ball was involved,” he says. Most tennis prodigies, by contrast, play tennis to the exclusion of all other sports.[26]

Marriage and family

Federer is married to former Women's Tennis Association player Mirka Vavrinec. Mirka and Roger met while both competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Vavrinec retired from the tour in 2002 because of a foot injury and has since been working as Federer's public relations manager.[27] They were married in Basel on 11 April 2009, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family at Wenkenhof Villa (municipality of Riehen).[28] On 23 July 2009, Mirka gave birth to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.[29]

Outreach and charitable efforts

Federer supports a number of charities. He established the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 to help disadvantaged people and to promote sports.[30][31] In 2005, he auctioned his racquet from his US Open championship to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.[32] He was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF in 2006.[33] At the 2005 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Federer arranged an exhibition involving several top players from the ATP tour and WTA tour called Rally for Relief. The proceeds from the event went to the victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Since then, he has visited South Africa and Tamil Nadu, one of the areas in India most affected by the tsunami.[34] He has also appeared in UNICEF public messages to raise public awareness of AIDS. In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Federer arranged a collaboration with fellow top tennis players Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Lleyton Hewitt, and Sam Stosur to forgo their final day of preparation for the 2010 Australian Open to form a special charity event called Hit for Haiti, in which all proceeds went to Haiti earthquake victims.[35] He was named a 2010 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of his leadership, accomplishments, and contributions to society.[36]

Similar to the 2010 event, Hit for Haiti, Federer organized and participated in a charity match called Rally for Relief on 16 January 2011, to benefit those that were affected by the 2010-2011 Queensland floods.

Federer is currently number 25 on Forbes top 100 celebrities.

Tennis career

Pre-1998: Junior years

Federer's main accomplishments as a junior player came at Wimbledon in 1998, where he won both the boys' singles tournament over Irakli Labadze, 6–4, 6–4,[37] and in doubles teamed up with Olivier Rochus, defeating the team of Michaël Llodra and Andy Ram, 6–4, 6–4.[38] In addition, Federer lost the US Open Junior tournament in 1998 to David Nalbandian, 3–6, 5–7. He won four ITF junior singles tournaments in his career, including the prestigious Orange Bowl, where he defeated Guillermo Coria, 7–5, 6–3, in the finals.[39] He ended 1998 as the junior world no. 1.

1998–2002: Early career in the ATP

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Federer at the 2002 US Open

Federer's first tournament as a professional was Gstaad in 1998 (12th grade), where he faced Lucas Arnold Ker in the round of 32 and lost, 4–6, 4–6.[40] Federer's first final came at the Marseille Open in 2000, where he lost to fellow Swiss Marc Rosset, 6–2, 3–6, 6–7.[41] Federer won the 2001 Hopman Cup representing Switzerland along with Martina Hingis. The duo defeated the American pair of Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill in the finals. Federer's first win was at the 2001 Milan Indoor tournament, where he defeated Julien Boutter, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4.[41] In 2001, Federer made his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open, and at Wimbledon that same year defeated four-time defending champion Pete Sampras to reach the quarterfinals. The most prestigious event final he reached during this period was the 2002 Miami Masters event, where he lost to Andre Agassi, 3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, on hard court.[42] In addition, Federer won his first Master Series event at the 2002 Hamburg Masters on clay, 6–1, 6–3, 6–4, over Marat Safin; the victory made him a top-10 player for the first time.[42] Federer made 10 singles finals between 1998 and 2002, of which he won four and lost six.[40][41][42][43][44] He also made six finals in doubles. Of note are Federer and partner Max Mirnyi's defeat in the final of the Indian Wells Masters in 2002, and their victory in the same year in the final of the Rotterdam 500 series event. Federer had won the latter a year earlier with partner Jonas Björkman.[42][44]


2003–2006: Breakthrough and dominance

In 2003, Federer won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, beating Mark Philippoussis, 7–6, 6–2, 7–6.[45] Federer won his first and only doubles Masters Series 1000 event in Miami with Max Mirnyi,[46] and made it to one singles Masters Series 1000 event in Rome on clay, which he lost.[45] Federer made it to nine finals on the ATP Tour and won seven of them, including the 500 series events at Dubai and Vienna.[45] Lastly, Federer won the year-end championships over Andre Agassi.[45]

During 2004, Federer won three Grand Slam singles titles for the first time in his career and became the first person to do so since Mats Wilander in 1988. His first Grand Slam hard-court title came at the Australian Open over Marat Safin, 7–6, 6–4, 6–2. He then won his second Wimbledon crown over Andy Roddick, 4–6, 7–5, 7–6, 6–4.[47] Federer defeated the 2001 US Open champion, Lleyton Hewitt, at the US Open for his first title there, 6–0, 7–6, 6–0.[47] Federer won three ATP Masters Series 1000 events. One was on clay in Hamburg, and the other two were on hard surfaces at Indian Wells and in Canada.[47] Federer took the ATP 500 series event at Dubai and wrapped up the year by winning the year-end championships for the second time.[47]

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Federer during the 2005 Wimbledon Championships, where he won his third consecutive title

In 2005, Federer failed to reach the finals of the first two Grand Slam tournaments, losing the Australian Open semifinal to eventual champion Safin and the French Open semifinal to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.[48] However, Federer quickly reestablished his dominance on grass, winning the Wimbledon Championships over Andy Roddick, 6–2, 7–6, 6–4. At the US Open, Federer defeated Andre Agassi in the latter's last Grand Slam final, 6–3, 2–6, 7–6, 6–1.[48] Federer also took four ATP Masters Series 1000 wins: Indian Wells, Miami, and Cincinnati on hard court, and Hamburg on clay.[48] Furthermore, Federer won two ATP 500 series events at Rotterdam and Dubai.[48] Federer lost the year-end championships to David Nalbandian in the final.[48]

In 2006, Federer won three Grand Slam singles titles and reached the final of the other, with the only loss coming against Nadal in the French Open, 6–1, 1–6, 4–6, 6–7. This was the two men's first meeting in a Grand Slam final.[49] Federer defeated Nadal in the Wimbledon Championships final, 6–0, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3. In the Australian Open, Federer defeated Marcos Baghdatis, 5–7, 7–5, 6–0, 6–2,[49] and at the US Open, Federer defeated Roddick (2003 champion), 6–2, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1.[49] In addition, Federer made it to six ATP Masters Series 1000 finals, winning four on hard surfaces and losing two on clay to Nadal. Federer won one ATP 500 series event in Tokyo and captured the year-end championships for the third time in his career.[49]

2007 to present

In 2007, Federer reached all four Grand Slam singles finals, winning three of them. He won the Australian Open over Fernando González, 7–6, 6–4, 6–4, Wimbledon over Rafael Nadal for the second time, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 2–6, 6–2, and the US Open over Novak Djokovic, 7–6, 7–6, 6–4. Federer lost the French Open to Nadal, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6.[50] Federer made five ATP Masters Series 1000 finals in 2007, winning the Hamburg and Madrid titles.[50] Federer won one 500 series event in Dubai and won the year-end championships.[50]

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Federer at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal in doubles

In 2008, Federer won one Grand Slam singles title, which came at the US Open over Briton Andy Murray, 6–2, 7–5, 6–2.[51] Federer was defeated by Nadal in two Grand Slam finals, at the French Open, 1–6, 3–6, 0–6, and at Wimbledon, 4–6, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–9, when he was going for six straight wins to break Björn Borg's record.[51] At the Australian Open, Federer lost in the semifinals to Djokovic, which ended his record of 10 consecutive finals.[51] Federer lost twice in Master Series 1000 finals on clay to Nadal, at Monte Carlo and Hamburg.[51] However, Federer captured two titles in 250-level events at Estoril and Halle and one title in a 500 level event in Basel. In doubles, Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won the gold medal at the Olympic Games.[52]

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Federer on the Cover of Sports Illustrated After 2009 French Open Victory

In 2009, Federer won two Grand Slam singles titles, the French Open over Robin Söderling, 6–1, 7–6, 6–4, and Wimbledon over Andy Roddick, 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14.[53] Federer reached two other Grand Slam finals, losing to Nadal at the Australian Open, 5–7, 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 2–6, and to Juan Martín del Potro at the US Open, 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, 6–7, 2–6.[53] Federer won two more events, the first at the Madrid Masters over Nadal in the final on clay, 6–4, 6–4.[53] The second was in Cincinnati over Djokovic, 6–1, 7–5, although Federer lost to Djokovic in Basel, 4–6, 6–4, 2–6, later in the year.[53] Federer completed a career Grand Slam by winning his first French Open title and won a men's record fifteenth Grand Slam singles title, which is one more than Pete Sampras's mark of fourteen.[53]

In 2010, Federer continued to reach milestones and achievements. He won the Australian Open.[54] In the final, Federer defeated Andy Murray, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6, whom he had also beaten in the 2008 US Open final.[51][54] At the French Open, Federer failed to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since the 2004 French Open, losing to Söderling, 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4, in the quarterfinals, and losing his no. 1 ranking.[54] Since Söderling eventually lost in the final to Nadal, this tournament also marked the first time since the 2004 French Open that Federer was defeated in a Grand Slam tournament by someone other than the eventual champion. However, at the French Open, Federer won his 700th tour match and 150th tour match on clay.[54][55] Federer was just one week away from equalling Pete Sampras's record of 286 weeks as world no. 1. This is the first time since 2001 that Federer has entered Wimbledon having won only one title for the year. In a big surprise, Federer lost in the quarterfinal to Tomáš Berdych, 4–6, 6–3, 1–6, 4–6, and fell to world no. 3 in the rankings for the first time in nearly seven years, but he did win his 200th Grand Slam match in the first round.[54][56][57] At the 2010 US Open, Federer reached the semifinals, avenging his French Open loss to Söderling in the quarterfinals. Federer lost a five-set match to third seed and 2008 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, 7–5, 1–6, 7–5, 2–6, 5–7.[54] Federer made it to four Masters 1000 finals, losing three of them and winning one. At the Madrid Open, he lost to Nadal, 4–6, 6–7.[54] At the Canadian Masters, Federer lost to Murray.[58] At the Cincinnati Masters, Federer won his first title in eight months as he became the first player since Andre Agassi to retain the title, as he beat Mardy Fish in the final.[59] He also equalled Agassi for the number of Masters wins at 17 and tied Bjorn Borg's mark for number of total titles won and moved to just one behind Sampras. His next appearance was in Shanghai, where he lost to Andy Murray for the second time that year in a Masters' Series final. Towards the middle of July, Federer hired Pete Sampras' old coach Paul Annacone to put his tennis game and career on the right path on a trial basis.[60] Federer won two straight titles at the Stockholm Open, an ATP 250-level event, and in Basel, an ATP 500-level contest, which brought his tally to 65 career titles, surpassing Pete Sampras' total of 64 titles on the ATP Tour. Lastly, Federer won the year-end championships by beating rival Rafael Nadal, for his fifth title at the event. He showed much of his old form, beating all contenders except Nadal in straight sets. After hiring Paul Annacone as his coach, Federer entered nine tournaments, won five of them, was runner-up in two, and reached the semifinals of the other two. Since Wimbledon 2010, Federer had a win-loss record of 34–4 and had multiple match points in two of his losses: to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of the US Open, and to Gaël Monfils in the semifinal of the Paris Masters. Federer did not play in the 2010 Davis Cup.

At the start of the 2011 season, Federer defeated Nikolay Davydenko, 6–3, 6–4, to win the 2011 Qatar Open without dropping a set, winning his third title at the event following wins in 2005 and 2006. Federer was defeated in straight sets during the semifinals of the 2011 Australian Open by Novak Djokovic, marking the first time since July 2003 that he did not win any four of the Grand Slams he appeared in consecutively. In his next tournament in Dubai, Federer lost the final, 3–6, 3–6, to Djokovic. Federer then entered the first Masters 1000 event of the year, the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, and flew through to the semifinals by defeating Igor Andreev, Juan Ignacio Chela, Ryan Harrison, and Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets. He then fell to Djokovic in three sets, 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, and relinquished the no. 2 ranking to him. Federer also reached the doubles final alongside compatriot Wawrinka, beating rival Rafael Nadal along the way, but they lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse, 4–6, 7–6, 7–10 in the doubles final. Federer then entered the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, defeating Radek Štěpánek, Juan Mónaco, and Olivier Rochus in straight sets.. He then defeated Gilles Simon, when he retired at 3–0 due to a neck injury, setting up a 23rd match-up with arch-rival Rafael Nadal. Nadal dominated the match and beat Federer, 3–6, 2–6, bringing their hard-court head-to-head even at 4–4. Federer then moved on to the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and played an impressive match against Philipp Kohlschreiber, defeating him, 6–2, 6–1, in the second round. Federer then moved on to the third round of the tournament and defeated world no. 22 Marin Čilić in similar fashion, 6–4, 6–3. Federer was defeated by world no. 9 Jürgen Melzer in the quarterfinals in a surprising straight-sets loss, 4–6, 4–6, which gave Melzer his first victory against Federer in four meetings. Federer's next appearance was at the Madrid Masters. He struggled through his opening match and barely came out with a win against Feliciano López after three tiebreak games, finishing with a score of 7–6, 6–7, 7–6. He then flew through the next two rounds, defeating Xavier Malisse and Robin Söderling with tallies of 6–4, 6–3, and 7–6, 6–4, respectively. He met Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and fought to advance to the final, winning the first set, but Nadal took control of the rest of the game and defeated Federer, 5–7, 6–1, 6–3. Federer then moved on to compete in the Rome Masters, where he opened with a victory over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6–4, 6–2. He faced Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the third round, but lost a very close match in the third-set tiebreak, 6–4, 6–7, 6–7. Federer then competed in the 2011 French Open, expressing relief that some pressure was off him and that more had come onto Novak Djokovic, who was still undefeated.[61] He won his first round rematch with Feliciano López in straight sets, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6. He faced French wildcard Maxime Teixeira in the second round and achieved a straight-set victory, 6–3, 6–0, 6–2. He defeated Janko Tipsarević of Serbia, 6–1, 6–4, 6–3, in the third round to reach the round of 16. He then defeated Wawrinka in their third meeting of the year in straight sets, 6–3, 6–2, 7–5, to reach his 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. He defeated Gaël Monfils, the last Frenchman in the draw, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6, to setup a semifinal with Novak Djokovic. In the semifinal, Federer ended Djokovic's undefeated streak of 43 consecutive wins and kept him from gaining the world no. 1 status with a phenomenal win, brushing past him with a score of 7–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6. This set up a final with Rafael Nadal, to whom he lost, 5–7, 6–7, 7–5, 1–6. At Wimbledon, Federer survived an early tiebreak against Mikhail Kukushkin and won, 7–6, 6–4, 6–2. He then went on to defeat Adrian Mannarino and David Nalbandian with straight-set wins of 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 and 6–4, 6–2, 6–4. He rolled past Mikhail Youzhny, after dropping a close tiebreak to him, winning the match 6–7, 6–3, 6–3, 6–3. He advanced to his 29th Grand Slam quarterfinal, but lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a shocking five-set loss, 6–3, 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 4–6. It marked the first time in his career that he had lost a Grand Slam match after winning the first two sets. After Wimbledon, Federer played the Davis Cup match-up between Switzerland and Portugal. Federer won a singles rubber against Rui Machado and a doubles rubber with Stanislas Wawrinka, helping the Swiss team move on to the World Group Play-offs with a sweep of Portugal, 5–0. After receiving a bye in the first round of the 2011 Rogers Cup, Federer beat Canadian wildcard Vasek Pospisil, 7–5, 6–3, in the second round. In a second meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he suffered a disheartening 6–7, 6–4, 1–6 loss, his second straight defeat at the hands of the Frenchman. He began his run at the 2011 Western & Southern Open as the two-time defending champion with a 6–3, 7–5 win, by snapping a two-match losing streak to Juan Martín del Potro. He then flew by James Blake in straight sets, 6–4, 6–1, but failed to defeat Tomáš Berdych, who had defeated him in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals, and lost in straight sets, 2–6, 6–7. At the 2011 US Open, Federer began with two straight-set wins over Santiago Giraldo and Dudi Sela, winning with 6–4, 6–3, 6–2 and 6–3, 6–2, 6–2 tallies, respectively. He then faced Marin Čilić in the third round, who had surged in the US Open, but defeated him soundly in four sets, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. He then flew past Juan Mónaco with a 6–1, 6–2, 6–0 score, avoiding the impending rain, and repeated his feat with a quick win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, reversing a two match loss streak against him with a win in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3, 6–3. The win set up a much-anticipated match with Novak Djokovic, touted as a rematch of the previous year's semifinal match. Federer lost an arguably closer match to Djokovic in five sets, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 5–7, ironically repeating his previous year's result against Djokovic and adding a second loss from two sets up to his record. The loss at Flushing Meadows meant that Federer did not win any of the four Majors in 2011, the first time this has happened since 2002. After the 2011 US Open, Federer competed in the Davis Cup in Australia. Citing nagging injuries, he pulled out of the 2011 Shanghai Masters, which Andy Murray successfully defended, hence Federer without defending his ranking points from the 2010 Shanghai Masters final dropped out of the top 3 for the first time since June 2003.[62] Federer made it to the finals of the 2011 Swiss Indoors Basel for the sixth time in a row, after defeating his friend Stanislas Wawrinka in an all-Swiss semifinal, 7-6(5), 6-2. In the final Federer defeated Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-3. This was his sixty-eighth career title, the fifth at this tournament.

At the BNP Paribas Masters, Roger Federer became the seventh man in the open era to earn 800 career match wins. He reached the final, which meant that he became the first player to have played in all nine Masters 1000 finals. In his first final in Bercy, he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-1, 7-6(3), and equalled the record of Andre Agassi in winning seven of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments and also in becoming only the second player (after Agassi) to win titles at Roland Garros and Bercy, the two men's tournaments in Paris. He became the fourth player in Bercy history to win the title without losing a set (the other three being Stefan Edberg, Thomas Enqvist, and Amos Mansdorf). With this win, Federer held the record of having won the most hard-court titles in tennis history with 47 titles, overtaking the previous record of 46 held by Andre Agassi.

Rivalries

Federer vs. Nadal

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Nadal during the 2009 Australian Open final

Federer and Nadal have been playing each other since 2004, and their rivalry is a significant part of both men's careers.[63][64][65][66][67]

They held the top two rankings on the ATP Tour from July 2005 until 14 September 2009, when Nadal fell to World No. 3 (Andy Murray became the new No. 2).[68] They are the only pair of men to have ever finished four consecutive calendar years at the top. Federer was ranked number 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks beginning in February 2004. Nadal, who is five years younger, ascended to No. 2 in July 2005 and held this spot for a record 160 consecutive weeks before surpassing Federer in August 2008.[69]

Nadal leads their head-to-head 17–8. However, most of their matches have been on clay, which is Nadal's best surface. Federer has a winning record on grass (2–1) and indoor hard courts (3–0) while Nadal leads the outdoor hard courts by 4–1 and clay by 12–2.[70] Because tournament seedings are based on rankings, 19 of their matches have been in tournament finals, including an all-time record 8 Grand Slam finals.[71] From 2006 to 2008 they played in every French Open and Wimbledon final, and then they met in the 2009 Australian Open final and the 2011 French Open final. Nadal won six of the eight, losing the first two Wimbledons. Three of these matches were five set-matches (2007 and 2008 Wimbledon, 2009 Australian Open), and the 2008 Wimbledon final has been lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts.[72][73][74][75] They have also played in a record 9 Masters Series finals, including their lone five hour match at the 2006 Rome Masters which Nadal won in a fifth-set tie-break having saved two match points.

Until 14 September 2009, when Juan Martín del Potro beat Nadal in the US Open semifinal on his way to defeating Federer in the final itself, no player had beaten both Nadal and Federer in the same Grand Slam. Federer was undefeated in US Open finals until losing in five sets to del Potro (5). Both Federer and Nadal have won Grand Slam events on three different surfaces successively (2008 French Open, 2008 Wimbledon, 2009 Australian Open for Nadal and 2008 US Open, 2009 French Open, 2009 Wimbledon for Federer). Federer lost to Nadal on 5 June 2011 in the French Open final 5–7, 6–7, 7–5, 1–6. This rivalry is also part of the "Trivalry" between Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.

Federer vs. Djokovic

The two have met 24 times with Federer leading 14–10, and 5–4 in Grand Slam events. Djokovic is the only player besides Nadal to have defeated Federer more than once in a Grand Slam tournament since 2004, the only player besides Nadal to defeat Federer in consecutive grand slam tournaments (2010 US Open and 2011 Australian Open) and the only player besides Nadal who has "double figure" career wins over Federer. Djokovic is one of two (the other again being Nadal) players currently on tour to have defeated Federer in straight sets at a Grand Slam (2008 Australian Open and 2011 Australian Open).

Because of the continuously improving game and general rise of Djokovic in the last 3 years, many experts include Djokovic when talking about Nadal and Federer (all 3 have played each other at least 24 times) and Federer has cited his rivalry with Djokovic as his second favorite after his rivalry with Nadal. Experts such as John McEnroe have said that this is the beginning of a new change in tennis and have coined the current situation "The Trivalry" between Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer. Djokovic's recent back-to-back-to-back wins against Federer at the Australian Open, Dubai and Indian Wells tournament have made this rivalry even more intense. During that span, Djokovic had gone on a 43–0 winning streak dating back to the Davis Cup final the previous year. Federer ended Djokovic's perfect 41–0 season defeating him in the semifinals of the 2011 French Open 7–6, 6–3, 3–6, 7–6, but Djokovic was able to avenge his loss at the 2011 US Open, and Federer lost with a score of 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 5–7.[76] Federer cited this as one of the greatest losses in his career, as he had 2 consecutive match points in set five, with his serve, and was 2 sets up before Djokovic came back in what has become one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history (according to John McEnroe). McEnroe claimed that Djokovic's crosscourt forehand return was "one of the great all-time shots in tennis history" and that the semi was one of the greatest matches in history. Djokovic ended Federer's streak of winning at least one Grand Slam title per year and Djokovic became the second male tennis player to have at least 10 wins against Federer (the other being Nadal).

This rivalry is part of the "Trivalry" that consists of Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer. This rivalry is one of the greatest in the Open Era and many experts have included Federer vs Djokovic as one of the best hard-court rivalries in the Open Era.

Federer vs. Hewitt

Federer and Lleyton Hewitt have played each other on 26 occasions. Early in their careers, Hewitt dominated Federer, winning seven of their first nine meetings, including a victory from two sets down in the 2003 Davis Cup semifinal which allowed Australia to defeat Switzerland. However, from 2004 onward, Federer has dominated the rivalry, winning 16 of the last 17 meetings to emerge with a 18–8 overall head-to-head record.[77] This is Federer's longest rivalry as these two first played each other as juniors in 1996. They have met in one Grand Slam final, the 2004 US Open final, where Federer won 6–0, 7–6, 6–0 to win his first US Open title. Federer is 9–0 against Hewitt in Grand Slams, and has won six of the Grand Slams in which he has defeated Hewitt.

Federer vs. Nalbandian

David Nalbandian was Federer's biggest rival earlier in his career. Both players had an outstanding junior career, Federer won the Wimbledon junior title and Nalbandian won the US Open junior title (beating Federer). Even though Federer has a narrow advantage against Nalbandian, leading their meetings 11–8, Nalbandian beat Federer in their first five meetings after turning professional, including the fourth round of both the Australian Open and US Open in 2003. Their most impressive match was in the 2005 Shanghai Tennis Master Cup, where Nalbandian came back from being two sets to love down against Federer and ultimately prevailed in a fifth set tiebreak. The loss prevented Federer from tying John McEnroe's 82–3 all-time single year record, set in 1984. Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray have beaten Federer 8 times, with only Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic recording more victories over Federer.

Federer vs. Murray

These two have met 14 times, all hard courts, with Murray leading 8–6.[78] Federer has won each of their Grand Slam matches (both were in the final) in straight sets at the 2008 US Open[79] and 2010 Australian Open,[80] but Murray leads 5–1 in ATP 1000 tournaments. They have met three times in the ATP World Tour Finals, with Murray winning in Shanghai in 2008[81] and Federer in London in 2009 and 2010.[82] Apart from Nadal, Murray is the only other current top ten player to have a positive head to head record against Federer.

Federer vs. Roddick

One of Federer's longest rivalries is with Andy Roddick. Having met on many occasions, including four Grand Slam finals (three at Wimbledon and one at the US Open), Federer leads 21–2. Federer's dominance on the tour emerged as Roddick rose to World No. 1 ranking in 2003.

In the 2009 Wimbledon final Roddick took Federer to five sets. It included a fifth-set made up of 30 games (a Grand Slam final record) with the match lasting over 4 hours with the final match score of 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14. With that victory, Federer broke Pete Sampras' record of 14 major titles.

Playing style

Federer's versatility was summarized by Jimmy Connors: "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist...or you're Roger Federer."[83]

Federer is an all-court, all-round player known for his style of play and exceptional shot making.[citation needed] Federer mainly plays from the baseline but is also comfortable at the net being one of the best volleyers in the game today. He has a very effective smash and very effectively performs rare elements in today's tennis, such as backhand smash, half-volley and jump smash (slam dunk). David Foster Wallace described Federer's exceptional speed, fluidity and brute force of this forehand motion as "a great liquid whip,"[84] while John McEnroe has referred to Federer's forehand as "the greatest shot in our sport."[85] Federer is also known for his efficient movement around the court and excellent footwork. Because of his excellent footwork, Federer can run around shots directed to his backhand and instead hit a powerful inside-out or inside-in forehand, one of his best shots. Federer plays with a single-handed backhand which gives him great variety. He employs the slice, occasionally using it to lure the opponent to the net and pass him. Federer can also fire topspin winners and possesses a 'flick' backhand where he can generate pace with his wrist; this is usually used to pass the opponent at the net.[84] His serve is difficult to read because he always uses a similar ball toss regardless of what type of serve he is going to hit and where he aims to hit it, and turns his back to his opponents during his motion. He is often able to produce big serves on key points during a match. His first serve is typically around 200 km/h (125 mph),[86][87][88] however, he is capable of serving at 220 km/h (137 mph).[86][87] Federer is accomplished at serve and volleying,[89] and used this tactic especially frequently in his early career.[90] His speciality is a half-volley from the baseline which enables him to play very near to the baseline and to pick up balls (even deeper ones) very early after their bounce, thus giving his opponents less time to react on his shot.[citation needed] Late in his career Federer also added the drop shot to his game and utilizes a well-disguised one off of both wings. He sometimes uses a between-the-legs shot, which is colloquially referred to as a "tweener." His most notable use of the tweener was in the semifinals of the 2009 US Open against Novak Djokovic, bringing him match point.[91]

Equipment, apparel, endorsements

Federer currently plays with a customised Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racquet,[92] which is characterised by its smaller hitting area of 90 square inches, heavy strung weight of 12.5 ounces (350 g), and thin beam of 18 millimeters. His grip size is 4 3/8 inches (sometimes referred to as L3).[93] Federer strings his racquets at 21.5kg mains/20kg crosses pre stretched 20%, utilizing Wilson Natural Gut 16 gauge for his main strings and Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 16L gauge (polyester) for his cross strings.[93] When asked about string tensions, Federer stated "this depends on how warm the days are and with what kind of balls I play and against who I play. So you can see – it depends on several factors and not just the surface; the feeling I have is most important."[94]

Federer is one of the highest-earning athletes in the world. He has a contract with Nike footwear and apparel.[95] For the 2006 championships at Wimbledon, Nike designed a jacket emblazoned with a crest of three tennis racquets, symbolising the three Wimbledon Championships he had previously won, and which was updated the next year with four racquets after he won the Championship in 2006.[96] In Wimbledon 2008 and again in 2009, Nike continued this trend by making him a personalised cardigan.[97] He also has his own logo, an R and F joined together.[98] Federer endorses Gillette,[99] Jura, a Swiss-based coffee machine company,[100] as well as Mercedes-Benz and NetJets. Federer also endorses Rolex watches,[101] although he was previously an ambassador for Maurice Lacroix.[102] Also in 2009 Federer became brand ambassador for Swiss chocolate makers Lindt.[103] In 2010 his endorsement by Mercedes-Benz China was extended into a global Mercedes-Benz partnership deal.[104]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Career SR Career W-L Career %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A LQ 3R 3R 4R 4R W SF W W SF F W SF 4 / 12 59–8 88.06
French Open A 1R 4R QF 1R 1R 3R SF F F F W QF F 1 / 13 49–12 80.33
Wimbledon A 1R 1R QF 1R W W W W W F W QF QF 6 / 13 59–7 89.39
US Open A LQ 3R 4R 4R 4R W W W W W F SF SF 5 / 12 61–7 89.71
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 7–4 13–4 6–4 13–3 22–1 24–2 27–1 26–1 24–3 26–2 20–3 20–4 16 / 50 228–34 87.02
Finals: 23 (16 titles, 7 runner-ups)
Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2003 Wimbledon (1) Grass Australia Mark Philippoussis 7–6(7–5), 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 2004 Australian Open (1) Hard Russia Marat Safin 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2004 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Andy Roddick 4–6, 7–5, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Winner 2004 US Open (1) Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–0, 7–6(7–3), 6–0
Winner 2005 Wimbledon (3) Grass United States Andy Roddick 6–2, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 2005 US Open (2) Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–1
Winner 2006 Australian Open (2) Hard Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis 5–7, 7–5, 6–0, 6–2
Runner-up 2006 French Open (1) Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 6–1, 1–6, 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 2006 Wimbledon (4) Grass Spain Rafael Nadal 6–0, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(2–7), 6–3
Winner 2006 US Open (3) Hard United States Andy Roddick 6–2, 4–6, 7–5, 6–1
Winner 2007 Australian Open (3) Hard Chile Fernando González 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2007 French Open (2) Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2007 Wimbledon (5) Grass Spain Rafael Nadal 7–6(9–7), 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 2–6, 6–2
Winner 2007 US Open (4) Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner-up 2008 French Open (3) Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 1–6, 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 2008 Wimbledon (1) Grass Spain Rafael Nadal 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(10–8), 7–9
Winner 2008 US Open (5) Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 2009 Australian Open (1) Hard Spain Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 2–6
Winner 2009 French Open (1) Clay Sweden Robin Söderling 6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
Winner 2009 Wimbledon (6) Grass United States Andy Roddick 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–5), 3–6, 16–14
Runner-up 2009 US Open (1) Hard Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 6–3, 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 2–6
Winner 2010 Australian Open (4) Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(13–11)
Runner-up 2011 French Open (4) Clay Spain Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 1–6

Year-End Championship performance timeline

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Career SR Career W-L Career %
Year-End Championship tournaments
YEC NQ NQ NQ NQ SF W W F W W RR SF W 5 / 9 34–7 82.93
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 5–0 5–0 4–1 5–0 4–1 1–2 2–2 5–0
Finals (5 titles, 1 runner-up)
Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2003 United States Houston Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–0, 6–4
Winner 2004 United States Houston Hard Australia Lleyton Hewitt 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2005 China Shanghai Carpet (i) Argentina David Nalbandian 7–6(7–4), 7–6(13–11), 2–6, 1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2006 China Shanghai Hard (i) United States James Blake 6–0, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2007 China Shanghai Hard (i) Spain David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2010 United Kingdom London Hard (i) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–3, 3–6, 6–1

Olympic games

(1 gold medal- Doubles)
Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score in the final
Winner 2008 China Beijing Hard Switzerland Wawrinka Sweden Aspelin
Sweden Johansson
6–3, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–3

Records

  • These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
  • Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.
  • Records in italics are currently active streaks.

See also

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Further reading

  • Bowers, Chris (2007). Fantastic Federer: The Biography of the World's Greatest Tennis Player. John Blake. ISBN 1-84454-407-9. 
  • Stauffer, René (2007). The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection. New York, N.Y: New Chapter Press. ISBN 0-942257-39-1. 

Video

  • Wimbledon Classic Match: Federer vs Sampras Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: 31 October 2006, Run Time: 233 minutes, ASIN: B000ICLR98.
  • Wimbledon 2007 Final: Federer vs. Nadal (2007) Kultur White Star, DVD Release Date: 30 October 2007, Run Time: 180 minutes, ASIN: B000V02CU0.
  • Wimbledon — The 2008 Finals: Nadal vs. Federer Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: 19 August 2008, Run Time: 300 minutes, ASIN: B001CWYUBU.

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