The Legendary Tennis Player – Roger Federer

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Roger Federer Wimbledon 1998

Roger Federer is a Swiss tennis player who was born on August 8, 1981. He dominated the tennis sport in the 21st century with his exceptional abilities. His 20 career men’s singles Grand Slam is the highest in the history of tennis.  

Federer started playing tennis at a tender age and became his country’s junior champion at the age of 14.  He won the Wimbledon junior singles championship at age 18. Shortly after, he made his first appearance on the Switzerland Davis Cup team, becoming the youngest tennis player to be among the world’s top 100.

In the Olympic Games held in Sydney in 2000, Federer advanced to the bronze medal match. The next year, he got to the quarter-final stage by defeating his opponent, Pete Sampras. In 2002, he ranked the 6th best tennis player in the world.  His first Grand Slam tournament title was won at Wimbledon in 2003, after which he won his first U.S. Open, Australian Open, and also defending his  Wimbledon title the following year.  He won an impressive back-to-back record of 24 straight finals from 2003-2005 which led to many people placing sports bets online.

Federer made the record of being the first player to win the U.S Open and the Victoria Open tournaments three years in a row. He got to the grand finals at the French Open; however, he was defeated by his challenger, Rafael Nadal. In 2006, he competed in a total of 17 tournaments, getting 12 titles. In all the 17 tournaments he participated in 2006, he got to the final of all except one.

In 2007, at the Australian Open, his 10th Grand Slam title was won. In his bid to win the French open the same year, he was again won by his rival, Rafael Nadal. Federer challenged his rival, Nadal, the same year at Wimbledon. There, he won an exciting five-set final, where he became the second player in over 100 years to win five successive Wimbledon awards. Federer continued with his outstanding performances the same year, after which he won his fourth successive U.S Open.

Unfortunately, in 2008, Federer lost his rank as the best tennis player in the world. His 65- match winning streak ended when he lost to Nadal in the final at Wimbledon. Thereafter, he won the men’s double gold medal when he teamed with Stan Wawrinka at the Bejing Olympic Games in 2008.

Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Federer won the French Open award in June 2009, leading to a championship in each of all four Grand Slam awards in his overall career. This was his 14th win of the Grand Slam award, which made him the most of all time winners of the Grand Slam title together with Sampras. Federer won Andy Roddick the following month in a five-set match marathon at Wimbledon, leading to his sixth Wimbledon championship and a total of 15 Grand Slam titles. This feat restored his ranking as the overall best in the world.

Federer defeated Andy Murray and won the Australian Open in January 2010. In 2012, he won his 17th career Wimbledon title by defeating Murray again. The following month, they both challenged each other in London in a bid to win the Gold Medal, but Federer was defeated by his rival.

In 2013, he was unable to perform well due to injury, and in 2014 he got to the Grand Slam final, where Novak Djokovic defeated him. In the same year, he led his nation to its first Davis Cup victory. He lost to Djokovic in the U.S and Wimbledon finals in 2015. Due to a knee- injury, Frederer had to withdraw from the remaining tennis season.

2017- 2018 saw him making it again to the top of his career after a drawback from the injury in previous years. And in 2019, he got to the finals at Wimbledon but lost to Djokovic in a match which was over 4hrs. This was the longest recorded match in the history of Wimbledon.

 

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