Roger Federer has been labelled by many as the greatest tennis player of all time. Over the course of an illustrious career, Federer has taken seventeen Grand Slam titles to date, which has put him sixth on the all time Grand Slam singles list, but he is the most successful male player of all time. The Swiss superstar first hit the heights of being number one in the world in February of 2004 and has spent the most amount of weeks as number one of any male player in history. With vast experience behind him, Federer’s game is largely built upon finesse and remarkable sense of space awareness. Federer can control games from the baseline, and is able to inflict damage with devastating winning forehands.
Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1981 to Robert and Lynette, and because his mother is South African, Federer holds both Swiss and South African Citizenship. Federer was active in many sports prior to settling on tennis, where he was regarded as being something of a prodigy. As a junior, Federer won Wimbledon in 1988 and reached the final of the US Open in the same year. He turned professional in 1998 the year that he ended as the number one junior in the world.
ATP Tour History
The first match that Federer played as a professional was against Lucas Arnold Ker in the first round of Gstaad. It took until the year 2000 for Federer to reach his first ever ATP Final, which came at the Marseille Open, a final which he lost. He also reached the final of Basel as well that same year, losing there as well. It was a slow start to titles for Federer really in turning pro, only winning one of his first five finals. That breakthrough ATP Tour win came indoors in Milan in 2001 against Julien Boutter. Come the end of 2002, Federer was inside the top ten in the ATP World Rankings. With eleven titles under his belt in each of the 2004 and 2005 series, his best ever season to date was in 2006 when he won twelve times on the season. 2004 though really was his big breakthrough year though, landing Grand Slams, ATP Masters titles as well as other tournaments around the world. Since that breakthrough win in 2001 to 2012 inclusive, Federer had never failed to win a title during a season.
Grand Slam History
There was Grand Slam success for Federer at the very first attempt. He took the Wimbledon title in England in 2003, the stepping stone to what would lead him to win Wimbledon a record seven times (shared with Pete Sampras). Again, the 2004 season for Roger Federer really was the mark of something special, winning the US Open and the Australian Open for the first time in his career, as well as defending his Wimbledon title. During his career, Federer would win both Wimbledon and the US Open five consecutive times each. His sole win at the French Open at Roland Garros came in 2009 against Robin Soderling. As of the start of the 2013 season, Federer had won 17 of 24 Grand Slam finals.