Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, who was born on 8th of August in 1981. He was born in Binningen, near Basel in Switzerland. His father was Swiss national Robert Federer and his mother was South Africa born Lynette Du Rand. Roger Federer grew up in Munchenstein, near Basel, which was close to the French German borders. Federer speaks Swiss German with his family. He also speaks German, French and English fluently. He considers German his first language. Roger holds both Swiss and South African citizenship. He was brought up as a catholic and he has also met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d’Italia tournament in Rome.
In his young age Federer not only used to play tennis but also he played football (soccer) and he considered of becoming a professional football player before deciding to pursue a tennis career. Roger began to play tennis when he was eight years old. By the time he turned to ten, people were already talking about Roger’s sweet touch with the racket. In his younger age Roger would often defeat other kids of his age so badly leaving them in tears. If at all Roger lost a match then he often used to cry and smash his racket.
When Roger was 13, he left his home to train at the top-rated tennis academy in Switzerland. In 1997, when he was 16, he became the number one ranked junior player in the world. Roger Federer began his professional tennis in the year 1998.
Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. In 2003, Roger was considered unfit due to a long-standing back problem and was subsequently not required to fulfill his obligations.
In 2001, he won his first ATP tournament in Milan. He quickly worked his way up in the men’s world tennis rankings. Within two years in 2003, he won six tournaments which included his first Grand Slam tournament by defeating Mark Philippoussis at Wimbledon. Federer made it to nine finals on the ATP tour and won seven of them, including the 500 series events in Dubai and Vienna. He also won the year-ending championships over Andre Agassi.
In 2004, Federer was ranked the number one tennis player on the planet and he won three out of four Grand Slam tournaments that year including Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. Federer took the ATP 500 series event at Dubai and wrapped up the year by winning the year-ending championships for the second time.
Federer failed to reach the finals of the first two Grand Slam tournaments in 2005. He lost the Australian Open semifinal to eventual champion Safin and the French Open semifinal to champion Rafael Nadal. But he quickly reestablished his dominance on grass, by winning the Wimbledon Championships over Andy Roddick. Federer defeated Andre Agassi at the US Open, in the last Grand Slam final. Roger Federer took four ATP Master Series 1000 wins: Hamburg (on clay), Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati (on hard court). He also won two ATP 500 series events at Dubai and Rotterdam. Federer lost the year-ending championships to David Nalbandian in the final.
Roger Federer won three Grand Slam singles titles in 2006 and also reached the final of the French Open. But he missed it with the only loss coming against Nadal in the French Open final. This was the two men’s first meeting in Grand Slam final. Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon Championships final, which was believed to be the start of their storied rivalry. Federer defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the Australian Open and he defeated Roddick (2003 champion) in the US Open. Federer made it to six ATP Masters Series 1000 finals. He won four on hard surfaces but lost two on clay to Rafael Nadal. Federer won one ATP 500 series event which was held in Tokyo and for the third time in his career, he captured the year-ending championships.
In 2007, Federer reached all four Grand Slam singles finals, winning three of them. He won the Australian Open against Fernando Gonzalez, the Wimbledon Championships over Rafael Nadal for the second time and the US Open against Novak Djokovic. Unfortunately Federer lost the French Open to Nadal this year also. He made to five ATP Masters Series 1000 finals, winning the Hamburg and Madrid titles. Federer also won one 500 series event in Dubai and he won the Year-ending championships.
In 2008, Federer won only one Grand Slam singles title, at the US Open over Briton Andy Murray. Federer was defeated by Nadal in two Grand Slam finals, in the French Open and at Wimbledon, when he was going for six straight wins to break Bjorn Borg’s record. In the Australian Open, Federer lost in the semifinals to Djokovic. It ended his record of 10 consecutive finals. Federer was defeated twice in Master Series 1000 finals on clay by Nadal at Monte Carlo and Hamburg. Federer won the gold medal in doubles, with Stanislas Wawrinka, at the Olympic Games.
Till 2008, Federer was not able to win in the French Open. At last his long awaited dream blossomed in 2009 and Federer was able to move to great heights creating more new records.
Roger Federer , who was called the Swiss Mastro, stepped into his lucky year, 2009. His long dream of winning the French Open came true. This was also the year Roger Federer completed his fifteenth Grand Slam.
In 2009, Federer defeated Robin Soderling and won the French Open for the first time. With this win, he completed his fifteenth Grand Slam men’s singles title and created a record, which is one more than Pete Sampras’s mark of fourteen. He also won at Wimbledon Championships against Andy Roddick. Roger Federer reached other two Grand Slam finals, but lost the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal and the US Open to Juan Martin Del Potro. He also won at the Madrid Masters against Nadal in the final, which was on clay and also won in Cincinnati against Djokovic.
After finishing his fifteenth Grand Slam singles title, Federer married his girl friend, Mirka Vavrinec on 11 April 2009 in Basel. She was the former Women’s Tennis Association player and they both met in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while competing for Switzerland. Unfortunately Mirka had to retire from the tour in 2002 because of a foot injury and she has been working as Federer’s public relations manager. On 23rd of July 2009, Mirka gave birth to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
In 2010, Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in the Australian Open final. At the French Open, Federer failed to reach the Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since the 2004 French Open. He lost in the quarterfinals to Soderling. By this defeat, Federer lost his number 1 ranking. Since Soderling lost in the final to Nadal, this tournament was marked first time since the 2004 French Open that Roger was defeated in the Grand Slam tournament by someone other than the eventual champion. At this French Open Federer won his 700th tour match and 150th tour match on clay.
Federer was just one week away from equaling Pete Sampras’s record of 286 weeks as World No.1. This was the first time since 2001 the Federer has entered Wibmledon having won only one title for the year. For a big surprise Federer lost in the quarter final to Tomas Berdych and fell to World No. 3 in the rankings for the first time in nearly seven long years. But he won his 200th Grand Slam match in the first round. In the US Open Federer reached the semifinals but then lost to Novak Djokovic. Federer then hired Pete Sampras’ old coach Paul Annacone to put his tennis game and career on the right path. Then Federer won two straight titles at Stockholm Open and in Basel, which brought his tally to 65 career titles, equaling and surpassing Pete Sampras’ total of 64 titles on the ATP tour. Federer did not play the 2010 Davis cup.
In 2011, ever since July 2003 it was the first time Federer lost in all four the Grand Slams. In 2011 Qatar Open, Federer won over Nikolav Davydenko, without dropping a set. Federer was defeated by Novak Djokovic during the semifinals of the Australian Open. This was the first time since July 2003 that Federer did not win any four of the Grand Slams he appeared consecutively. Federer then fell to World number 3 and Novak Djokovic held the number 2 ranking. Federer reached the doubles final with Stanislas Wawrinka, beating his rival Rafael Nadal along the way. Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka was defeated by Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse in the doubles final. In the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Federer defeated Radek Stepanek in the second round, and then defeated Juan Monaco and Olivier Rochus. He then defeated Gilles Simon, who retired due to neck injury. This set up a 23rd match up with his rival Rafael Nadal. Nadal dominated the match and defeated Federer which made the hard court head to head between Federer and Nadal 4-4. At the Wimbledon Federer marked a record by advancing to his 29th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal, by breaking the record set by Jimmy Connors. He was defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after leading two sets in that match. It was marked the first time Federer had lost a Grand Slam match after winning the first two sets. After the Wimbledon, Roger played the Davis cup between Switzerland and Portugal. He won in singles, defeating Rui Machado. In doubles, Roger Federer along with Stanislas Wawrinka won the match. It helped the Swiss team to move on to the World Group Play- offs with the sweep of Portugal 5-0. On 5th of June 2011, Federer lost to Nadal in the French Open final.
In the year 2012, Federer began his session by playing in the Qatar Open. But soon he withdrew from the match in the semi-finals. Roger played in the 2012 Australian Open and with his style of playing he reached the semi-finals. This was his 27th career meeting with Rafael Nadal but to his surprise Federer lost this match. He also represented Switzerland in the 2012 Davis Cup World Group by participating in the Davis cup. To his anguish Switzerland was eliminated from the match after the home tie against United States. In this game Federer lost in four sets against the player John Isner and again a four set loss with Stanislas Wawrinka in the doubles against Mardy Fish and Mike Brain. He defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in the final in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament for the first time after winning the title in 2005. After winning this match he won the title Rotterdam for the second time.
In 2012 Dubai Tennis Championship he defeated Andy Murray in the final match and won the championship for the fifth time in his career. In the match Indian Wells Masters he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and in the finals he defeated John Isner and won the record for the record fourth time in his career. In this way he equalized Rafael Nadal’s record of 19 ATP Masters 1000 titles. He then regained his world number 2 rank after Rafael Nadal by defeating Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet, David Ferrer, Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych. He then participated in Italian Open and defeated Carlos Berlocq, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andreas Seppi and also defeated 2012 runner up Novak Djokovic.
At the Wimbledon, Federer defeated Albert Ramos, Fabio Fognini, Julien Benneteau, Xavier Malisse, and Mikhail Youzhny and reached the semifinals. In the semi finals he played against world number 1 player Novak Djokovic and defeated him. By this way he made a record of entering the Wimbledon finals for the eighth time. On the 8th of July 2012 Federer defeated Andy Murray and won the 2012 Wimbledon Finals. By defeating Djokovic Federer returned to the top spot in the world ranking and broke Sampras’s record of 286 weeks atop the list.
Again Federer played against Murray on the Wimbledon center court but this time for the 2012 Summer Olympics. But this time Federer lost in the match against Murray and won only a silver medal for his country. Roger Federer did not play in the Rogers cup but he won in Cincinnati by defeating Novak Djokovic in the finals. In the US Open five time champion Federer was defeated by Tomas in the quarter final. He defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the Shanghai Rolex Masters and he confirmed his 300th week at the number 1 position. He was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in the Swiss indoors match and so Federer withdrew from the Paris Master. With this withdrawal Federer lost his chance to finish as year-end number 1 for the sixth time. Federer played in the ATP World Tour Finals but was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the match.
Roger Federer established the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 for helping the disadvantaged people and to promote sports. In 2005, Federer auctioned his racquet from his US Open championship to aid the victims of the Hurricane Katrina. He also arranged an exhibition involving several top players from the ATP Tour and WTA Tour called the Rally for Relief. This was to help the victims of the Tsunami, which was caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. He visited South Africa and Tamil Nadu which was most affected by Tsunami. Federer was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF in 2006. He was named as a 2010 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of his leadership and contribution to society. Federer also participated in a charity match called Rally for Relief on 16th January 2011. This was conducted to benefit those who were affected in the 2010-2011 Queensland Floods. Roger Federer now takes 25th place on Forbes top 100 celebrities.
With all these great achievements in tennis, Federer was named The Laureus World Sportsman of the year. Roger is also called as The Federer Express, the Swiss Maestro or Maestro.