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Roger Federer Biography

Name : Roger Federer

Birth Date : August 8, 1981 (08.40 a.m.)

Birth Place : Basel, Switzerland

Height : 6'1''

Weight : 84 kg

Eyes : Brown

Hair Color : Dark-Brown

Natinality : Swiss

Plays : Right handed(single-handed backhand)

Profession : Lawn Tennis

Former Idols : Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg

Hobbies : Sports (Golf, Soccer, Skiing), Friends, Playstation, Music, Playing cards

Food : Tomatoes & Mozzarella di Buffala, Gnocchi & Gorgonzola, sausage & cheese – salad

Colours : Blue, Red, White

Animals : Lion, Tiger

Musisians : AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz

why we like him?

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has matured into the world's No. 1 tennis sensation after shedding his former image as a tantrum-tossing youngster.

why is he famous?

Roger Federer's star had been rising on international courts over the past few years when, in 2004,2005,2006 he won three Grand Slam events and became the ATP's top-ranked male tennis player on the planet. In 2007, he became the 2nd man since the borg to win at Wimbledon five consecutive times

Roger Federer Detailed Biography
Roger Federer was born on August 8th 1981 in Basel, Switzerland and started playing tennis at age eight. As he compiled outstanding results in the juniors, ending as No.1 in the world in 1998. He turned Pro that same year, and was No. 1 in Switzerland in 2001. Unfortunately, he missed six weeks in 2001 due to a groin injury, yet won his first ATP title in Milan. He continued to progress despite injuries but he was unable to show his full talent..until 2003, when he finally won a Grand Slam title with a stunning victory over Mark Philippoussis, earning at last attention from the public beyond his home country.

Roger lost his first junior match to Reto Schmidli, 6-0, 6-0. It was the one and only time Roger was shutout in his life.
After going 4-6 in finals from 2000 to 2002, Roger went 18-2 in 2003 and 2004.
Roger’s 11 victories in 2004 were the most by a #1 player since Ivan Lendl won 11 in 1985.
Roger finished 2004 with a 13-final winning streak, establishing a new all-time record. He won his first final of 2005, in Doha, to extend this streak.
Roger’s $6.3 million in earnings in 2004 rank second all-time. Pete Sampras, with $6.4 million in 1997, is still first.
After losing seven of nine pro matches to fellow junior sensation Lleyton Hewitt, Roger destroyed him in 2004, going 6-0. He beat the Aussie on every surface, and defeated him in each of their Grand Slam meetings.
Roger’s 6-0, 7-6, 6-0 win over Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 US Open marked the first time a player had been double-bageled in the U.S. final.
The only players besides Roger to win three Grand Slam tournaments in the same year during the Open era are Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors and Mats Wilander.
Roger is the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Roger lost his first 11 professional matches on clay.
Roger played only one Davis Cup tie under Peter Carter before Carter died. He beat Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in singles, but Switzerland lost 3-2.
In 2002, Roger decided against building a home in Switzerland. Instead, he went in 50-50 with his parents on a hillside mansion in the Basel suburb of Bottmingen.
Swiss officials presented Roger with a gigantic Alphorn after he won Wimbledon in 2004.
Roger carried the Swiss flag during the opening ceremonies for the Summer Games in Athens in 2004.
After the 2004 season, Roger flew to the UN and joined Kofi Annan to proclaim 2005 as the International Year of Sport and Physical Education.
Roger was voted the ATP Tour’s most popular player in 2004.
Roger travels with trainer Pierre Paganini and Pavel Kovac. He went to most tournaments in 2004 without a coach.
Roger hired Aussie legend Tony Roche as a part-time coach early in 2005.
Roger is a huge fan of American professional wrestling.
One of Roger’s best non-tennis friends is NHL star Ziggy Palffy.
Roger’s favorite athlete is French soccer star Zinedine Zidane. His favorite team is FC Basel.


It’s uncanny—he’s never out of place.”
—Tennis legend Rod Laver

"Oh, I would be honored to even be compared to Roger. He is such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest tennis player of all time."

“The game needs him…let’s hope he has the same drive that Sampras had for so long.”
—Hall of Famer Jack Kramer

“He’s creating every point as it should be.”
—Former Swiss Davis Cup coach Jakob Hlasek

“This is a guy who buys drinks for photographers and thanks reporters who show up for his press conferences.”
—Sportswriter Rene Stauffer

“Roger has this natural instinct for getting better—and he did. I find that incredible. I always had someone to tell me if something was wrong. He just feels it.”
—Swiss star Martina Hingis

“He stays back better than me, his backhand is better, and his forehand is just as good.”
—All-time great Pete Sampras

“For the next four or five years, his competition will be the record books.”

“He’s a really great guy. He respects people.”
—Doubles partner Jonas Bjorkman

“His shot-making is second to none.”
—Australian star Lleyton Hewitt

“I wish I could play like Roger Federer.”
—Superstar Serena WIlliams

“Tennis has never seen anything quite like him.”
—Sportswriter S.L. Price

“In this age of nuclear equipment and super-sized players, Federer plays with the deftness of long-ago men of modest size in long white slacks, rolled-up shirtsleeves and wooden rackets.”
—Sportswriter George Vecsey

"He's the most gifted player that I've ever seen in my life. I've seen a lot of people play. I've seen the (Rod) Lavers, I played against some of the great players—the Samprases, Beckers, Connors, Borgs, you name it. This guy could be the greatest of all time. That, to me, says it all."
—Tennis legend John McEnroe

"If you want to be a tennis player, then mould yourself on Roger Federer. I won three Wimbledon titles and I wish I could play like him."

“This guy is the real deal, and his game is the whole package.”
—Broadcaster Patrick McEnroe

“He can hit from anywhere on the court and plays with elegance.”

“You can talk to Roger like a simple man on the street.”
—Swiss tennis official Roger Brennwald

“Roger is a magician.”
—Russian star Marat Safin

“He’s young and explosive and has a powerful game.”
—All-time great Andre Agassi

“He’s a genius.”
—2004 French Open ChampionGaston Gaudio

"We have a guy from Switzerland who is just playing the game in a way I haven't seen anyone - and I mean anyone - play before. How fortunate we are to be able to see that. If he stays healthy and motivated - and the wonderful feel he has stays with him - he is the kind of guy who can overtake the greatest."
—All-time great Boris Becker


“I’m playing great tennis. I’m enjoying the tour, having fun with the fans off the court. I’m loving it now.”

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

“The word on me was, ‘Mentally, he’s not that tough. If the match goes on over two hours, I will get him.’”

“My family is the thing I miss most on the tour.”

“I realized, Roger, you have to wake up now. The train is leaving. You have to catch the train.”

“I forget matches—even bad matches—very quickly. I get sad about not having played well, but I don’t really get pissed off. By the time I get back to the hotel, it’s completely forgotten and I’m fine again.”

“Now I know what I’m capable of.”

”I like being my own boss."


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