The Living Legend: Roger Federer
Born in 1981 in Basel, Switzerland, he was a very sporty and energetic child. The younger of two siblings, Federer attributes his innate capacity for hand eye coordination for his early age involvement in sports such as basketball and badminton.
He has been considered by many analysts as the greatest of all time, which was shown by the 2016 ESPN listing that pointed him out to be the greatest male or female player of all time. His victory against Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open only cemented that position. He has constantly maintained his position at the top 10 for 14 years, from 2002–2016. He holds the record for the most Grand Slam victories in the history of the game — eighteen. He also holds the distinction of reaching 28 straight men’s single Grand Slam finals and is one of the eight people to have ever captured a career Grand Slam.
Before going professional, Federer got his first major accomplishment as a junior player in the 1998 Wimbledon, where he won both the boys singles final, as well as the doubles. Though he lost the US open 1998 final to David Nalbandian, he managed to win four ITF single tournaments, including the prestigious Orange Bowl. He ended the year 998 as №1 in the junior world rank and so consequently started is professional career that very year.
Federer managed to creep into the top 100 by September of 1999. In the 1999 Marseille Open, he managed to defeat the previous year №1 — the winner of the 1998 French Open. He reached his first final at the Marseille open in 2000, where he lost to a fellow Swiss Marc Rosset. Federer managed to win the 2001 Hopman Cup mixed doubles alongside Martina Hingis — representing Switzerland. Federer’s first major professional singles victory came in the final of the 2001 Milan Indoor tournament. In 2001 Federer managed to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal which was at the French Open, and at Wimbledon where he managed to defeat the seven time defending champion Pete Sampras to score a chance at the quarterfinals. The most significant event final that he took part in was the 2002 Miami Masters event, where he was defeated by Andre Agassi.
Federer’s victory in the 2002 Master Series made him for the first, enter the top ten. By the years end he was ranked at №6.
His meteorical rise began in the 2003 Wimbledon, where he won his first singles Grand Slam title. 2004 came as the year where he asserted his dominance by winning three Grand Slam titles, and became the first person since 1988 to do so, hence obtaining the №1 ranking in the world for the first time. 2006 was arguably his best career season in which he managed to win 12 singles titles and held a match record of 92–5. He managed to reach an astonishing 16 finals out of the 17 tournaments that he took part in. In 2015 Federer wacked up his 1000th win and certified his position as one of the greatest in the realm of tennis.
Though he did have a few low points in his career, most thought that this was it for him, but his show in the final against Nadal in this year’s Australian Open has proved to everyone that form may be temporary, but class is permanent.
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