Roger Federer’s Gift To Tennis

Roger Federer

STARNBERG, August 1, 2021

Federer’s tenure, as one of the most celebrated players in the sport’s history, will come to an end one day. Now that he’s etched his name into tennis folklore, it’s time to appreciate his illustrious career.

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Federer was born in Basel to Robert and Lynette Federer. As a child, he was renowned for his remarkable hand-eye coordination and played a variety of sports, but tennis was to be his final destiny.

He showed tremendous promise as a junior, winning the Wimbledon boys’ singles title and the prestigious Orange Bowl, and finishing 1998 as the No. 1 junior tennis player on the planet.

Federer broke into the top 100 just over a year later, demonstrating his potential.

Federer’s victory in the Hopman Cup in 2001 with women’s No. 1 Martina Hingis was a glimpse of things to come as he established his enthralling, record-breaking, trophy-laden career.

“Martina was partially the one who showed me how it was all done,” said Federer, acknowledging Martina’s influence in his early life.

In 2001, he made his big break on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon, when he faced his childhood hero Pete Sampras in a fourth-round encounter that was dubbed “the passing of the torch” by many.

Federer, rocking a bandanna and ponytail, beat the seven-time winner 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5, cementing his place in Wimbledon history at the age of 19.

“This match will give me as much confidence as I can get,” Federer said. “This is the biggest win of my life.”

Federer won his first Masters 1000 championship on clay in Hamburg the following year, and his Grand Slam dynasty began.

With an exquisite array of shotmaking in a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 7-6 (7-3) destruction of Mark Philippoussis in the final at the age of 21, Federer won his first major championship, and it happened at his favorite All England Club.

It came as a relief to Federer, who had never advanced past the quarter-finals in any Grand Slam before, and he cried uncontrollably after winning the title.

“I proved it to everybody and it was a big relief because there was pressure from all sides, especially from myself, to do better in Slams,” he said.

“There is no guarantee of anything, but I knew I had the game and I have always believed in myself.

“I kept my level up here in the semi-finals and the final and to lift the trophy is an absolute dream.”

Federer dedicated his victory to his friends and family, including his old coach Peter Carter, who had died in a car crash the previous year.

“Peter was one of the most important people in my career,” he said. “I guess we would have had a big party if he had been here. I hope he saw it from somewhere.”

The rest has been history, and regardless of what happens in the final days of his illustrious career, Roger Federer has established himself as a legend of the game. He has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, and has accumulated a total of 310 weeks as the World Number One in the ATP standings.