A personality so widely regarded in sporting arena that not only the tennis buffs but every other person has heard of him. Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, a joint-record six Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles, and one French Open title. He is one of eight men to have captured a career Grand Slam. Federer has reached a record 30 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open. Given these achievements, many players and analysts consider Federer the greatest tennis player of all time
Born to Robert Federer, a Swiss-German from Bernec, Federer holds citizenship of South Africa too. His mother, Lynette Federer, is an Afrikaner from Kempton Park, Gauteng, in South Africa. He grew up in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen, and then Münchenstein, close to the French and German borders, and he speaks various languages including Swiss German, Standard German, English and French. Swiss German is his native language. Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, in 2003 he was ruled “unsuitable” and was subsequently not required to fulfil his military obligation. As a child, he used to play several games such as Badminton, Basketball. He says all was possible due to a good hand-eye coordination.
Dominating the stage
In the Swiss indoors of 1992-1993, he served as ball-boy and it was not long when he saw major victories in his lap. In the 1998 Wimbledon Junior, he went on to win the singles as well as the doubles title. Federer won the 2001 Hopman Cup representing Switzerland, along with Martina Hingis. Federer later acknowledged that his experience with Hingis definitely helped to become the player he is today.” His international breakthrough came at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships, where a 19-year-old Federer faced the four-time defending champion and all-time Grand Slam leader Pete Sampras. The teenage Federer stunned the seven-time Wimbledon champion and No. 1 seed in a dramatic five-set epic to reach the quarterfinals. Afterwards, it was no stopping for him as every year made him better and a nightmare for opponents.
In 2016 he had a knee injury which was then supplemented by a back injury to make him miss major tournaments. The Olympic silver medallist was not there this time to defend his position or even to increase it. All these made many people contemplate his end, and consequently, no major title wins further. But the 2017 season was the renaissance period for him, as it became his best of seasons. Proving all the odds out, the Swiss spur back in action to take the number one rankings once again after winning Australian Open 2018.
A career spanning so long is bound to have injuries. Managing his way through all the hurdles, Federer continued the praising galore to be reserved for him. Gearing up for 2018 Wimbledon, he classifies all the parameters to be the GOAT.