Athlete Spotlight: Roger Federer

Roger Federer playing tennis

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Roger Federer playing tennis

Roger Federer, one of or if not the greatest tennis players in history. Holding the record for the most amount of grand slams, 20. Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel, Switzerland. As a child, Roger loved playing sports, playing tennis and soccer at the age of 8. At the age of 11, he was already the top 3 junior tennis players in Switzerland. After a year, he decided to quit all his other sports and focus on tennis, which he felt that he shined at tennis the most. At age 14, Roger was able to become the national junior champion in Switzerland and got to train at the Swizz national Tennis Center in Ecublens. In 1998, he won the Wimbledon boys’ singles and doubles titles and soon turned professional that year. 

In 2003, Roger Federer caused a huge sensation for Switzerland, being the first Swiss tennis player to win a Grand Slam title when he was victorious at Wimbledon. In 2006 and 2007, he won Wimbledon, singles championships at the Australian Open, and the U.S. Open. From years 2005-2008, he was crowned the Laureus World Sportsman. In 2008, after defeating Andy Murray, he won his 5th U.S. Open. Surprisingly, that year was a struggle for Roger, losing to his rival Rafael Nadal at the French Open and Wimbledon and also losing to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2008, sliding his rank down to 2nd place for the first time in 4 years. 

In the 2009 season, he beat Robin Soderling and went on to win the French Open and complete the career Grand Slam. He also defeated Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon finals, surpassing Sampras’ record by winning 15 grand slam singles titles. After that, he regained his spot as ranked number 1. 

In 2012, his career just kept on escalating when he defeated Andy Murray for a record-tying 7 Wimbledon singles titles. This also regained his spot as ranked number 1 once again and by the end of the year, he broke the record with 302 weeks as the number 1 world ranking. In 2018, his career went downhill, losing to Sergiy Stakhovsky that was ranked 116th, knocking him out of the singles competition. Even at the U.S. Open, he struggled and was beaten by Spain’s Tommy Robredo. Recovering from his injuries, in 2016, he was able to make a triumphant comeback, beating Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, getting his 18th Grand Slam title. In 2017, he won another Wimbledon setting a new record of eight.