Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who held the ATP No. 1 position for a record 237 consecutive weeks from 2 February 2004 to 18 August 2008. He has won a men's record 16 Grand Slam singles titles. Most sports analysts and former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.
Roger was born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8th, 1981, almost 10 years to the day after Pete Sampras. Like most European tennis players, he played both tennis and football and was accomplished in both. At 12, he decided to focus on tennis, which turned out into a fantastic choice.
By the time he was 14, Federer's game was progressing at an alarmingly fast rate, as he was crowned the best tennis player in Switzerland.
Federer made his tour debut in 1997, reaching the quarter-finals of his second tournament in Toulouse, before becoming the youngest player to break into the top 100 the following year. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he lost out on a bronze medal to Arnaud Di Pasquale.
Federer won Wimbledon five consecutive times from 2003 to 2007 and lost in the 2008 final to rival Rafael Nadal in what is considered by many to be the best match ever played. The lost was Federer’s first on grass since 2002 and ended a record 65-match winning streak on that surface. He won his sixth Wimbledon title in 2009 by outdueling Andy Roddick, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 in the final. Federer has also won the U.S. Open five times and the Australian Open four times. He completed the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in 2009
At 14, he became the national junior champion in Switzerland, and was chosen to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Ecublens, and had his his first sponsorship by the age of 16. He joined the International Tennis Federation junior tennis circuit in July 1996. In 1998, shortly before he turned pro Federer won the junior Wimbledon title and the Orange Bowl. He was recognized as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion of the year.
Roger Federer is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players, if not the greatest, of all time.
McEnroe, also considered one of the game's greats, said Tuesday he ranks the Swiss star ahead of Rod Laver, the only man to win all four Grand Slam events in one year, and seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras.
"What he's done over the past five years has never, ever been done – and probably will never, ever happen again," Sampras said. "Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it."
But tennis for me was always what did it to me, you know. I used to follow it in the living room, watching Wimbledon, seeing Becker and Edberg win or lose and crying if they lost, happy if they won, and it's always something that was close to my heart. And I realized this is really the sport I always wanted to do, and it's just a great feeling I could come so far. Honestly, today, I still can't believe how far I've come.
Roger starts his first professional season as number 301 in the ATP world rankings. The first eyebrows are raised in astonishment in February in Marseille, where he defeats the world number 5 and reigning French Open champion, the Spaniard Carlos Moya.
A couple of weeks earlier Federer beat the record for the longest unbroken reign as world number one, overtaking Jimmy Connors's 30-year-old milestone of 160 weeks. When Nadal usurped Federer on August 18, 2008, Federer had been in pole position for 237 weeks.
Those whispers ended in Mebourne, when Roger staged a great comeback against Davydekno in the quarterfinals and then beat Tsonga and Andy Murray in straight sets to capture the Australian Open—his 16th Grand Slam championship, and his first as a dad.
That forecast was met and tremendous potential fulfilled with an all-around brilliant performance in the Wimbledon final Sunday against Mark Philippoussis, a 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory that gave Federer his first major title.