Robert Fédérer, a Swiss father, and Lynette Durand, a South African mother of French and Dutch ancestry, had Roger Fédérer on August 8, 1981 in Basel. They both worked for the pharmaceutical firm Ciba, where they first met in 1970 at the facility’s main factory in Johannesburg, where they also frequently played tennis at the city’s Swiss Club. They were married and moved to Switzerland in 1973. Roger was raised in Münchenstein, a town in German-speaking Switzerland, not far from Basel and the German and French borders, with his older sister Diana31 being born 20 months earlier.
He was a professional tennis player from 1998 to 2022. During that time, he held the top spot in the ATP World Tour tennis rankings for 310 weeks. He also holds the record for the longest time between his first and last ascent to the position’s summit, which was fourteen years, from February 2, 2004 to June 24, 2018. In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, he finished the year in top place in the world five times. At the conclusion of each of these seasons, the ITF proclaimed him world champion. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he won the gold medal in men’s doubles alongside Stanislas Warwick. In 2012, he won the Olympic vice-championship in singles in London. Finally, in 2014, he and the Swiss team won the Davis Cup.
103 ATP championships have been won by Roger Federer, including 20 Grand Slams, 6 Masters, and 28 Masters 1000 events. Between 2003 and 2017, he won eight men’s singles Wimbledon championships, and at the Masters at the end of the year, he won six. Together with Novak Djokovic, he has won 17 major championships (Grand Slam and Masters) on hard courts.
He was able to complete the Grand Slam in his career on four different surfaces with to his triumph at Roland-Garros in 2009. Since the Australian Rebond Ace was replaced by a new surface, he became the only player in history to have won all of his Grand Slam championships on a total of five surfaces by winning the Australian Open in 2010: a Plexicushion. Tennis’ Petit Slam was won by Federer three times, in 2004, 2006, and 2007, tying him with Novak Djoko Vic for the male record throughout all eras. Thus, he is the only athlete to have triumphed in three of the four Grand Slam competitions in back-to-back years. In 2006, 2007 and 2009, he made it to the finals of the four main events three times in the same season, which is unprecedented in the history of this sport.
His numerous other accomplishments include his four consecutive Wimbledon and US Open doubles, twelve Wimbledon finals, ten Masters finals, five victories at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 (co-owned by Novak Djokovic), seven titles at the Cincinnati Masters 1000, as well as his ten finals, twenty-three semi-finals, and thirty-six consecutive quarter-finals in Grand Slam competitions. The Swiss player is the only one to have won at least five trophies in three of the four Grand Slam competitions in tennis history: the US Open, the Wimbledon competition, and the Australian Open. With Björn Borg, he holds the record for five consecutive Wimbledon victories during the Open era. He is also one of only two players to have competed in the final of each Grand Slam and Masters event at least five times.
After capturing his seventh Wimbledon crown in 2012, Federer went nearly five years without taking home a major trophy. However, after missing six months of action in 2016 due to injury, Federer won the 2017 Australian Open at the age of 35 by sweeping his great rival Rafael Nadal in five sets in the final of anthology2,3. He eliminated four opponents ranked in the top 10 on this occasion, bringing his total number of Grand Slam victories to eighteen. With his eighth triumph at Wimbledon in 2017, which he achieved without dropping a set, he subsequently raised this total to nineteen championships. The following year, at the Australian Open, he won his twentieth Grand Slam title and set a new record by playing in 30 Grand Slam finals.
The duration of Roger Federer’s career is another thing that stands out. At the age of 36 years, 6 months, and 11 days, he attained the oldest ATP ranking in history on February 19, 2018, 20 years after first turning professional. At the age of 36 years and 10 months, on May 14 and June 18, he broke this record. On March 2, 2019, in Dubai, he won the 100th ATP match of his career. He won the Halle event for the tenth time on June 23, 2019, surpassing Rafael Nadal, who had previously won it ten times. He duplicated the record of winning a tenth title in Basel on October 27 of that same year.
Fédérer made his retirement from sports official on September 15, 2022, more than a year after his final match in a competitive setting. He was 41 years old. On September 23, during the Laver Cup, a competition established five years earlier under his supervision, he played his final match in a double with his opponent and friend Rafael Nadale. His extraordinary career has received universal praise.
Honors and results in the main competitions
103 singles championships and 8 men’s doubles titles are held by Roger Federer. He took home his first trophy in 2001 at the Milan competition. Since then, he has achieved a total of 20 victories by winning all the Grand Slam competitions on five different playing surfaces (from Wimbledon in 2003 to the Australian Open in 2018). In his career, he completed the Grand Slam in addition to three minor Slams (in 2004, 2006, and 2007). He boasts twenty-eight Masters 1000 titles and is the only player to have won six Masters Cups (in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011). With Stanislas Wawrinka, he won a gold medal in doubles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He also earned a silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Together with his fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, he helped the Swiss win the Davis Cup for the first time in 2014 and went on to win one of the few major trophies he had been missing up until that point. Two Masters 1000 events on clay (in Rome and Monte Carlo) and the Olympic singles gold medal are the only things lacking from his resume. In addition to the Hopman Cup in 2001, 2018, and 2019, he also won the first three Laver Cups in 2017 and 2019. He won his 100th ATP singles match in Dubai in 2019.
History in Grand Slam tournaments
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