Roger Federer

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Roger Federer

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8/8/1981, Basel, Switzerland

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Roger Federer

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Roger was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland to a Swiss father and and South African mother. The number one ranked player in the world first started playing tennis when he was 8 years old, in addition to soccer until the age of 12, when he…more

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  • Trivia

    • Roger belongs to three tennis clubs called Swiss National Centre, Old Boys Tennis Club, and Ciba Tennis Club.

    • Roger Federer won the U.S Open Series on would get an extra million if he won the U.S Open.

    • Roger Federer won his 4th straight U.S Open September 9, 2007.

    • On July 8, 2007, Roger won his 5th straight Wimbledon Championship.

    • Roger Federer entered the top eight in the Wimbledon without facing the opponent as the opponent retired before the match due to some problem in his stomach.

    • With his second round victory at Wimbledon, Roger extended his grass court win streak to 50 wins.

    • Roger Federer in 2007 won his first ever match on clay against the Spanish Rafael Nadal who on clay has defeated Federer 5 times after his success over him in the French Open Final.

    • By reaching the finals of the 2007 French Open, Roger achieved a record 8th straight Grand Slam final appearance, but although he lost the match with 3 sets to 1 in the French Open Final.

    • With his quarter-final victory at the Monte Carlo Masters, Roger won his 500th career match.

    • At the 2006 ATP Awards, Roger won the Player of the Year, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship, ATPtennis.com Fans' Favorite, and the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year awards.

    • Roger is in the running, along with seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher and golfer Tiger Woods, for a third Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in April 2007. The winner will be chosen by the 43 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, with the decision made public on April 2, 2007.

    • On February 19, 2007, Roger tied Jimmy Connors' record of being the top ranked male tennis player for 160 consecutive weeks.

    • With his win at the 2007 Australian Open, Roger became one of nine men to win at least 3 Australian Open titles.

    • At the 2007 Australian Open Roger became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a major without dropping a set.

    • By reaching the 2007 Australian Open final, Roger tied Jack Crawford's record of playing in seven consecutive finals at the Majors, set in 1934.

    • Roger Federer won his 10th grand slam singles title without dropping a set at the 2007 Australian Open, after he beat Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in the final 7-6 (2) 6-4 6-4. It was the first time since Bjorn Borg in 1980 that a player had gone through a Major without dropping a set, and the first time at the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall in 1971.

    • Prior to the 2007 Australian Open, Sportsbet revealed that Roger was the shortest priced favourite in history to win the Open.

    • In the semi-finals of the 2007 Australian Open, Roger beat Andy Roddick convincingly with a score line of 6-4 6-0 6-2. His win saw him equal Australian Jack Crawford's 73-year-old record of reaching seven successive grand slam finals.

    • On January 19th, 2007, Roger announced at the Australian Open that he was releasing stuffed bears that held a tennis racquet and displayed his ranking of #1 on their back, with all proceeds going to UNICEF.

    • In 2005, Roger assisted in organizing an exhibition tennis tournament to raise funds for UNICEF after the Boxing Day tsunami.

    • In 2003, Roger established his own foundation, the 'Roger Federer Foundation' in order to help children in South Africa who were in need of food, shelter and other basic necessities of life.

    • Roger was declared 'European sportsman of the year' by the Polish press agency Polska Agencja Prasowa. PAP determined the recipient of the award through an enquiry of 16 fellow European press agencies. Roger netted 145 votes while second placed F1 driver Fernando Alonso received 75 votes.

    • In addition to women's player Justine Hennin-Hardenne, Roger is the only tennis player to play in all 4 Grand Slams in a calendar year.

    • Roger is the only player to have played in and win back to back Wimbledon and the U.S. Open titles three years in a row.

    • At the 2006 U.S. Open, Roger is playing in his 6th consecutive Grand Slam Final, which is an Open-Era record.

    • At the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Roger had his 55 game win streak in North America broken by British player Andy Murray.

    • At the 2006 ESPY's, Roger won the award for Best Male Tennis Player.

    • At the 2006 Championships at Wimbledon, Roger became the 3rd man in the Open Era to win consecutive titles. Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras are the other men to accomplish the same feat.

    • At the 2006 Championships at Wimbledon, Roger was the top seed.

    • At the 2006 French Open, Roger was the top seed.

    • On May 22, 2006, Roger won the 2006 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.

    • In the 2006 tennis season, four out of five of Roger's losses came from Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. The other loss was at the hand of British player Andy Murray.

    • At the May 8-14, 2006 Italia Masters, Roger was the top-ranked seed.

    • At the April 17-23, 2006 ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo tennis tournament, Roger was the top seed.

    • On Monday, April 3, 2006, Roger was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

    • With winning the 2006 Nasdaq-100 Open, Roger won his ninth straight ATP Masters Series tournament.

    • At the Stars for Stars Gala in Miami (March 21, 2006), Roger won Player of the Year, Sportsmanship Award, and Fan Favorite.

    • By defeating Ivan Ljubicic, Roger won his second Nasdaq-100 Open.

    • Roger won his third straight Pacific Life Open when he beat James Blake 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 (March 19, 2006).

    • At the 2006 Masters Series - Monte Carlo, Roger played in his 12th straight Masters Series Tournament final.

    • With his semi-final victory against Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand in the 2006 Pacific Life Open, Roger will be playing in his 10th straight tournament final.

    • At the 2006 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Roger and doubles partner Yves Allegro of Switzerland lost their first round match to Richard Gasquet and Sebastien Grosjean of France.

    • Roger won the Pacific Life Open (March 10-19, 2006) over James Blake in straight sets. Roger was seeded number one in the tournament.

    • At the 2006 Dubai Tennis Championships, Roger played in his ninth straight tournament final.

    • For the 2006 tennis season, Roger's won/loss record was 90-5.

    • On March 4th, 2006 Roger's 56 match winning streak was broken when he lost to Rafael Nadal in the Dubai Tennis Championships final.

    • On March 4, 2006, Roger faced world #2 Rafael Nadal in the Dubai Tennis Championships final.

    • Roger and doubles partner Yves Allegro of Switzerland lost their first round match to Mark Knowles & Daniel Nestor in The Dubai Tennis Championships (February 27-March 4, 2006).

    • To date, Roger has won 46 career singles titles and 7 career doubles titles.

    • Roger's sponsors are Wilson racquets and Nike clothing.

    • The first tournament that Roger won in the 2006 season was Doha, in Qatar.

    • Roger's hobbies include skiing, golf, and playing cards with his friends.

    • In winning his 7th Grand Slam (the 2006 Australian Open), Roger has passed his childhood heros Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg in numbers of Grand Slams won (they won 6 apiece).

    • At the 2006 Australian Open, Roger defeated Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis to win his 2nd Australian Open and 7th Grand Slam title.

    • In Grand Slam finals, Roger had an undefeated record until he lost to Rafael Nadal at the 2006 French Open. His Grand Slam final record is now 9-1.

    • He plays tennis right handed and has a single handed backhand.

    • He is 6'1".

    • He finished his junior's career in 1998 as the world #1.

    • Roger's Astroglical Sign is Leo.

    • He is fluent in several languages, including English, German, French, and Swiss German. Roger also can converse slightly in Italian and Swedish.

    • Roger met his girlfriend, former tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

    • At the 2005 Australian Open, Roger lost in the semi-finals to Marat Safin (the eventual winner of the tournament).

    • When Roger was growing up, his idol was tennis pro Boris Becker.

    • In 2005, Roger was the European Sportsman of the Year.

    • Roger started playing tennis at the age of 8.

    • At the 2006 Australian Open, Roger appeared in his 7th consecutive quarterfinal match in a Grand Slam.

    • In the 1998 U.S. Open's junior boy's tournament, Roger was runner up to David Nalbandian.

    • With his fourth round win at the 2006 Australian Open against Tommy Haas, Roger won his 400th career match.

    • In 1998, Roger won the Championships at Wimbledon's junior boy's singles title.

    • As of June 15th 2007, Roger has been the world #1 in men's singles tennis for 176 weeks.

    • Roger is the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title.

    • In 2005, Roger won 11 titles and had a won/loss record of 81-4.

    • To date, the only Grand Slam that Roger hasn't won is the French Open.

    • Roger has won the U.S. Open four times. (2004-2007)

    • Roger is currently the #1 ranked male tennis player in the world.

    • He has won the last four Championships at Wimbledon (2003 - 2006).

    • Roger is a professional tennis player.

  • Quotes

    • Roger: He's playing phenomenal tennis. He's definitely improved yet again. He had more of a game plan this year than he had last year. (About Rafael Nadal following their match in the Wimbledon finals)

    • (Following his fiftieth win)
      Roger: Fifty is a great number to achieve. I'm delighted about that, but I haven't won the tournament.

    • Roger: (After his French Open final) Well, I think it was a very physical match, I think. You know, from the start, points were tough and sets were long. I knew that that was going to happen, so I was ready for it, and felt good, though, which was a good thing. Bad thing, I missed too many opportunities. So it was kind of rough on me in the beginning.

      And, yeah, I couldn't really impose my game like I wanted to, and, you know, tried to make the game happen with my forehand. You know, he didn't allow me to do that too well today. So, credit to him. And in the end, I was just disappointed I couldn't turn it around, so it's tough.

    • Roger: I've always tried to put in as much as I could back into the game because the game, this is what I love doing. It's been so good to me. I hope that once I retire, I left tennis in a better way than when I arrived.

    • Roger: Equaling records, doing something that hasn't been done for a long time, it's really nice, no dobut. All I care about in the end is to hopefully hold that trophy. Of course, now that it's over, it's great to think, 'Wow, you know, not having dropped a set.' It's quite amazing. (About how he played in the Australian Open)

    • Roger: (after winning the 2007 Australian Open) It is just wonderful. I have had a great run here again this year. I am very proud to be holding this trophy again. I think I picked the right tactics in the end. I played well. I played a really tough match which I was hoping for. The French Open is obviously the next big one for me. That's going to be very interesting to see how I'm going to do there. I've made one step further every year now. I went from semis to finals. Got closer to Rafa (Nadal), as well.

    • Roger: (after winning the 2007 Australian Open) All these grand slams have been since 2003. That's what, for me, is really scary, how many I've won. If somebody would have told me I'd win 10 Grand Slams from mid '03 till today, I never would have thought there was any chance of doing something like that. I would have signed up for just one.

    • Roger: (after beating Roddick in the semi-finals of the 2007 Aus Open 6-4 6-0 6-2) I had one of these days when everything worked. I was kind of unbeatable. Look, it's just unreal. I'm shocked myself, I don't know what to say. I'm just happy I won. I was worried, really, going into this match because he was playing well. I knew it was going to be tough. I could see 50 aces going past me, but I picked them up and I played really well.

    • Roger: Winning matches that's the best thing, breaking records is something you never dream of. It's just fantastic, I hope I can keep it up.

    • Roger Federer: (at his UNICEF appointment ceremony) I am honoured to join the ranks of UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassadors. I've been lucky in life and able to pursue my passion for tennis since I was six years old. It's important to me to help the many children throughout the world who do not have the basic resources they need.

    • Roger Federer: I never really felt very good throughout the match. I hope that's going to come along in the next match. (About how he struggled in his first round match in the ATP Masters Series - Monte Carlo)

    • Roger Federer: I like to be pushed like this. I'm happy to have a tough one and still be in the tournament. (About his five set win in the 4th Round at the 2006 Australian Open)

    • Roger Federer: It was an excellent match. We have played many times throughout our career and I'm happy to have won the last ones against him. I played him last year, it was much tougher. This was an excellent match for me - maybe the best of the season. (About his win against Ivan Ljubicic at the Pacific Life Open)

    • Roger: He says I am three behind. He's got 12. I wish. Who knows? I wouldn't be surprised if I get a text message next time when he wins, yeah. I wouldn't be surprised at all. (In regards to a friendly rivalry with Tiger Woods over who has more Grand Slams/Majors)

    • Roger: I asked him how it was for him. It's funny, because so many things are similar. He knew exactly how I felt out there on the court. (When he asked Tiger Woods how he feels about being the top player in his sport)

    • (Regarding his rivalary with Rafael Nadal)
      Roger Federer: Now I like it again.

    • Roger Federer: Obviously I would have liked to win, but I already knew after Monaco. I think this is another step closer. (About his loss to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in Rome)

    • Roger Federer: I've got to adjust quite a bit to play Rafael. But I already feel like I'm improving a lot. The more I play against him, the more I'll be able to figure out his game and the easier it will be. (About his loss to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo).

    • Roger Federer: I really have the feeling my game is in place very early in the season on clay. I have the feeling I'm playing a little bit better than last year on clay. (About his quarter-final win in Monte Carlo)

    • Roger Federer: This is very nice, to have such a close match and come through it and show once again that I really belong to the No. 1 position and deserve all these trophies I win. (About his victory over Ivan Ljubicic)

    • Roger Federer: It was good, solid, consistent. It was what I was hoping for. Obviously, the result was easier than I was expecting. (Talking about his semi-final win against Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand)

    • Roger Federer: I think Nadal deserved to win because he played so consistent. I started off really well, but sprayed a little toward the end. But I am very happy with my game right now. And hopefully, I will pay him back soon. (About his loss to Rafael Nadal in the Dubai Tennis Championship on March 4, 2006.)

    • Roger Federer: I am really looking forward to playing Marcos. Thank God I've played him three times; it makes me relax a little bit. I think the way I'm playing now is a good level. We will see if it's enough. (About his upcoming match against Marcos Baghdatis in the 2006 Australian Open final)

    • Roger Federer: I am extremely, extremely happy to come through tonight. I never felt like I would lose, but he had me in trouble. I really had to fight. (About his win against Nikolay Davydenko in the Quarterfinals at the 2006 Australian Open.)

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  • Roger is a great tennis player.

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    Roger Federer. What can you say about the tennis player? First, you could possibly say that he is so talented that he has the ability to dominate the tennis world for many years, and continue to win the majority, if not all the tournaments that he plays in.



    Another thing that you can say about the tennis star is that when interviewed, he appears down to earth and very greatful to be where he is in his career and is appreciative to his fans for rooting for him.



    Lastly, you could also say that when Roger is out on the tennis court, his game is poetry in motion. He rarely makes unforced errors or double faults when he plays. You could watch him play for hours if you wanted to.



    These are just a few reasons why I like Roger Federer. The man seems to be personable and is a superbly talented tennis player. He appears that he will be continuing his dominance in the male tennis world for years to come.moreless
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