Roger Federer, born on August 8, 1981, has long been considered one of the greatest tennis players in history. He started playing professionally in 1998 and has since won a record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other male player in the open era. Federer also enjoys a very successful personal life. He’s married to former model Mirka Vavrinec, and the couple has four children. Today, we will take a closer look at Federer’s career and personal life to celebrate his birthday
August 8, 1981
Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland, on August 8, 1981, to Robert and Lynette Federer. He has one sibling: Diana. In 1996, he played his first junior match at a tournament in Switzerland and became a member of the I.T.F. Junior Tennis League. However, his major accomplishments as a junior player came at Wimbledon in 1998 when he won the boys’ singles final and defeated Michaël Llodra and Andy Ram in doubles matches. He also reached the U.S. Open Junior final in the same year but lost to David Nalbandian. By the end of the year, Federer had been given the number one junior world ranking and became the I.T.F. Junior World Champion.
In 2001, Federer won the 2001 Hopman Cup with world number one, Martina Hingis, and a singles win at the 2001 Milan Indoor tournament. His international breakthrough came at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships when he faced the four-time defending champion, Pete Sampras. Federer beat the Sampras in a five-set match to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to Tim Henman. A year later, Federer won his first Master Series event at the Hamburg Masters on clay, finishing at number six. In 2003, he won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon. Federer’s winning streak continued the following year when he won three Grand Slam singles titles in one season and his first major hard-court title at the Australian Open, making him the world number one. Soon after, he won his second Wimbledon crown and defeated Lleyton Hewitt at the U.S. Open. In 2005, Federer won four Masters wins, got 11 singles titles, and maintained his position as number one for the entire season. The next year, he won 12 singles titles, three Wimbledon Championships, four hard-surface Master finals, and the Swiss Indoors in Basel for the first time. Federer maintained his winning streak in 2007. But he lost his world number one title to Rafael Nadal the next year due to a back injury. The 2009 season was Federer’s comeback. He won a record 15 singles titles and his first French Open title.
In 2010, Federer beat Nadal and won indoor titles at the Swiss Indoors, Stockholm Open, and the A.T.P. Finals in London. He returned to glory after a year of losses in 2012. Three years later, he surpassed 9,000 career aces, the fourth person since 1991. In 2009, Federer married Miroslava Vavrincová, a former Women’s Tennis Association player whom he met when competing in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She gave birth to identical twin girls the same year. Five years later, the couple had a pair of twin boys.
Federer bags his first A.T.P. singles title at the Swiss Indoors event in Basel.
In one of the most memorable Wimbledon finals, Federer defeats Sampras in five sets to win his first Wimbledon title.
Federer wins his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
Federer carries off 17 singles titles and is ranked world number one for the fourth time in his career.
Federer collects his 18th Grand Slam title, his fourth Wimbledon title, and his fifth U.S. Open title.
Why We Love Roger Federer
Federer is one of the most graceful players in tennis. He moves smoothly across the court, and his swings are fluid and almost effortless. He never seems in a hurry and always looks like he's enjoying himself.
He has terrific skills
The tennis player’s shot-making ability is impressive, and he seems to be able to hit any shot he wants with great accuracy. Federer also stays calm under pressure and never seems to get rattled.
Federer's competitive spirit and drive to win are evident in his many achievements, such as becoming the first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles and finishing as the world number one for 302 weeks. He’s also known for his amazing all-court skills, consistent play, and tenacious attitude.
5 Surprising Facts
He started tennis when he was four
Federer's parents got him a small tennis court in their garden when he was four.
He’s an avid watch collector
Federer is a watch collector; his favorite watches are the Rolex Daytona, the Patek Philippe Calatrava, and the Cartier Tank.
He loves his dog
Federer loves spending time with his pet dog, taking her for walks, and playing with her.
He won at Wimbledon at 19
In 2003, when Federer was 19, he won his first Wimbledon title.
He has two daughters
Federer has two daughters from his marriage with Mirka: Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
Roger Federer FAQs
Is Roger Federer fluent in French?
He speaks perfect German, English, and French.
Is Roger Federer the best tennis player ever?
According to many statistics and experts, Federer is the best tennis player in history.
Who is Roger Federer’s best friend?
Tommy Haas, a retired tennis player, is Federer’s best friend.
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