Roger Federer - The Making of a Legend in Grass
In the sweep of history, we are currently witnessing arguably the very best to have ever played tennis. Yes it is none other than ROGER FEDERER. History was made on the Centre Court as he has decorated himself with the achievement of being the most famous Grand Slam Winner. Statistically he stands at the top and much as his 15 Grand Slam titles offers to declare him as KING OF KINGS in world tennis. Where Sampras took 12 years to win 14 Grand Slam titles Federer needed just 6 years for his 15.
He is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world NO 1 by the ASSOCIATION OF TENNIS PROFESSIONALS (ATP), having previously held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks. Many sports analysts, tennis critics, former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.
FEDERER nicknamed “Swiss Maestro” and “Federer Express(FedEx)” has won 15 GRAND SLAM singles titles, more than any other male player. He has won 6 Wimbledon titles, 3 Australian Open titles, 5 US open titles and 1 French Open title. He has appeared in an unprecedented 20 career Grand Slam finals, and till July 2009, he has reached the semi-finals of the last 21 Grand Slam tournaments, a term over five years and more than doubling the previous record. Federer also holds the record of reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals and has appeared in 16 of the last 17. He is one among only three men in the past 40 years to have secured victory at both French Open and Wimbledon in the same season. As a result of his successes in tennis, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for four consecutive years from 2005 to 2008. He is the only 3rd player to win 6 or more Wimbledon titles one behind Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.
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FEDERER-AT A GLANCE
ROGER FEDERER was born on 8 August 1981
Nickname(s) Swiss Maestro
Residence Wollerau, Switzerland
Date of birth 8 August 1981
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85.0 kg
Turned professional 1998
Plays Right-handed; one-handed backhand
ROAD TO VICTORY
ROGER FEDERER became the greatest player in Grand Slam history as he beat Andy Roddick in five dramatic sets for a sixth Wimbledon and 15th major title. When Roddick’s last shot, a forehand, missed the target, Federer walked to the net all alone in the record books breaking his tie with Pete Sampras. The Swiss won 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to surpass Pete Sampras's 14 Grand Slam wins and regain the title of World No 1 that he lost to Rafael Nadal last year. As Federer made history Sampras was back at Wimbledon for the first time since 2002 to watch from the Royal Box. Five time champion was playing in a seventh straight Wimbledon Final and a record 20th Grand Slam title match.
ANDY RODDICK soul searched his way to the most memorable performance at the Wimbledon first stunning Andy Murray in the semi final and then meeting Federer with pumping server into his body with calmness of a master. Twice losing finalist at the Wimbledon to Federer and possessing an unenviable 2-18 record against the Swiss the American created a force field of huge server that appeared to be impossible to crack.
Federer had to play solid against an in-form Roddick, who had four points for a two-set lead and then battled back to force fifth set. This was their 21st meeting in which 18 of them were won by Federer.He could not break any of the games in any set as Roddick was too strong with his ability to produce aces.Federer could took the three sets by winning only in the tie breakers.
The match became the longest men's singles final ever played in tennis history in terms of games played. It was a hard work for Roger as Andy Roddick pressured him with his strong serve. Roddick held his serve 37 times in a row before being broken in the last game. The two stretched the match all the way andplayed the longest set in tennis history! Roger was the happy winner, with Andy surrendering a good loser.
Career record 657–155 (80.9%)
Career titles 60
Highest ranking No. 1 (2 February 2004)
Current ranking No. 1 (6 July 2009)
FEDERER is married to former tennis player MIRKA VAVRINEC. They met while competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She retired from tennis in 2002 because of a persistent foot injury and has since been working as Federer's public relations manager. They were inseparable since 2000 and married on 11 April 2009.
FEDERER won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 beating Mark Philippoussis at the Wimbledon. It was his first title in grass court beating his opponent in straight sets. In 2004, Federer was crowned the world NO 1 on 2 February 2004.He held the position for a record 237 consecutive weeks till 17 August 2008.He secured his first hard court title in 2004,overcoming Marat Safin at the Australian Open. In same year, he won his second Wimbledon title beating Andy Roddick. He finished the year with his first US Open title surpassing Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. In 2005, he claimed his third straight Wimbledon title beating Andy Roddick. He completed the year with surpassing legendary Andre Agassi and conquered his second US Open title.
The year 2006 was a great year for Federer as he finished the year by claiming the US Open, Australian Open and the Wimbledon. In 2007, he tightened his NO 1 spot by conquering again the US Open, Australian Open and the Wimbledon. In 2008, he won the US Open for the fifth consecutive time beating Andy Murray. Having only won a single Grand Slam title, he lost his world NO 1 position to Rafael Nadal.The year 2009, marked the comeback of a great warrior who lost his crown. Federer started his campaign by conquering the French Open title which he never won before. He out lashed his counterpart Robin Soderling in straight sets which equaled him with the Pete Sampras record of most number of Grand Slam titles won.
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FEDERER’S greatest enemy is the Spaniard RAFAEL NADAL. FEDERER and NADAL have been playing each other since 2004 and their rivalry is a significant part of both men's careers. NADAL is the only opponent who has defeated him in a Grand Slam final.FEDERER won his only French Open title in the absence of NADAL.They are the only men in the history of tennis who have played each other in 7 Grand Slam finals, which include 3 Wimbledon finals which was won twice by FEDERER and once by NADAL, 3 French Open finals which was all won by NADAL and 1 Australian Open final which was won by NADAL. NADAL leads their overall head-to-head series 13-7 in which NADAL leads 9-2 on clay and FEDERER leads 5-4 on grass and hard courts. Their Wimbledon Final in 2008 has been considered as the greatest match of all time by many long-time tennis historians.
FEDERER Vs RODDICK
Federer and Roddick have played each other on many occasions, which the ones of most importance are the four times they met in the grand slam tournament finals. They have met 21 times and Federer emerge winner at 19 of them including Wimbledon final 2009.They have met in 2004, 2005, and 2009 Wimbledon finals in which all were won by Federer. The lone Grand Slam final out of Wimbledon came at the 2006 US Open, which was again won by Federer, making their record in grand slam finals 4-0 to Federer's advantage.
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Grand Slam results
- Australian Open Winner in 2004,2006,2007
- French Open Winner in 2009
- Wimbledon Winner in 2003,2004, 2005,2006,2007,2009
- US Open Winner in 2004,2005,2006,2007,2008
- Major tournaments
- Tour Finals Winner in 2003,2004,2005,2006
- Olympics Semi Final in 2000
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TECHNIQUE AND STRENGTH
Federer’s game is based on the golden principles of movement and mechanics, congruence and coordination, symmetry and balance: a deceptively deadly serve, confounding variations and changes of pace, perplexing spin, the roll of the wrist, the following one handed backhand punch, the glorious arc merging backswing to contact, an effortless harmony of thought and action all leading to the famous “come on”.
Federer currently plays with a customized Wilson (K) Factor (K) Six-One Tour 90 tennis racquet, which is characterized by its smaller hitting surface of 90 square inches, heavy weight, and thin beam (18 mm). His grip size is 4 3/8" Federer strings his racquets at 24 to 28 kg) tension with natural gut main strings and polyester cross strings.Federer's exceptional speed, fluidity and brute force of his forehand motion is considered as "a great liquid whip". He has an excellent slice that can also fire top-spin winning shots. He also possesses a 'flick' backhand where he can generate pace with his wrist, which is usually used to force the opponent at the net. Federer plays with an excellent single-handed backhand which gives him the freedom to produce variety of shots. His forehand shot is considered as the greatest shot in the game of tennis. His serve is difficult to read because he tosses the ball in the same spot no matter where he intends to serve it and he 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 more than that he is capable of serving at 220 km/h.
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