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Roger Federer's Biography

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Who is Roger Federer?

Roger Federer was born on 8 August 1981 in Basel, Switzerland.

The great Swiss right-hander began playing tennis at eight and turned professional in 1998.

The last few years have seen phenomenal success for Roger Federer, and has led John McEnroe to say that Federer could be "the best ever player".

Lleyton Hewitt is glowing in his praise of his Swiss rival:

"Roger has taken tennis to another level," says Hewitt. "Everybody else has to strive to improve. That's what motivates us all."

Roger Federer had an unbelievably successful 2004. His 2004 prize money was $6,357,547 including 11 singles titles. Federer is the first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a season.

2005 also proved a great year for Roger Federer and in 2006 Federer set out in the same glorious fashion when he won the Australian Open beating unseeded Marcos Baghdatis.

Federer acknowledges the responsibility that comes with his star status:

"It's important for me to represent the sport correctly and be a good role model for the kids."

In July 2006 Roger Federer won his fourth consecutive Wimbledon title, beating Rafael Nadal 6-0 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (2-7) 6-3.

A year later Roger Federer went one better. Once again he beat Nadal, but this time it meant that Roger Federer had equalled Bjorn Borg's record of winning five consecutive Wimbledon men's singles titles.

When Roger Federer won the US Open in 2006, it was his ninth Grand Slam, it was his third straight US Open title, and it was his sixth consecutive Grand Slam final.

Roger Federer ended the 2006 season with 12 more titles and record prize money of over $8 million for the season.

Federer carried on in the same winning vein in 2007. In January 2007 he won the Australian Open in straight sets.

In February 2007 Roger Federer overtook Jimmy Connors's record as the longest reigning world tennis number one. Federer had held the top ranking for 161 consecutive weeks.

However, in March 2007, Roger Federer's 41-match unbeaten run ended when he was beaten by Guillermo Canas in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters.

In September 2007, Roger Federer became the first man to win both four consecutive Wimbledon Championships and four consecutive US Opens when he beat Novak Djokovic 7-6 7-6 6-4 in the US Open final.

In October 2007 Roger Federer won the Swiss Indoors and so secured the No. 1 world tennis ranking for the fourth consecutive year.

In September 2008 Roger Federer returned to form after a poor year by his very high standards and beat Andy Murray to win his fifth consecutive US Open title.

It was Federer's 13th Grand Slam title, just one behind the record held by Pete Sampras.

On 11 April 2009, Roger Federer married Mirka Vavrinec.

Roger Federer's win in the French Open in June 2009 was highly significant. It meant he equalled Pete Sampras's record of 14 major wins, and he also became the sixth man to have won all the four Grand Slams.

On 5 July 2009, Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 16-14 to become the Wimbledon men's singles champion.

It was a record-breaking 15th major win for Federer.

On 23 July 2009, Roger Federer's wife Mirka gave birth to twin daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.

On 31 January 2010, Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam as a father and his 16th Grand Slam in total with a straight sets victory over Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6 (13-11) in the Australian Open.

In October 2010, Roger Federer beat Florian Mayer in the final of the Stockholm Open to equal Pete Sampras's fourth place on the all-time list of winners of most ATP titles.

On 13 November 2011, Roger Federer beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 in the final of the Paris Masters, to win the title for the first time.

On 8 July 2012, Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to match Pete Sampras's record in winning Wimbledon seven times.

On 29 January 2017, coming back from a six month break due to knee injuries, and seeded 17, Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in five sets to win the Australian Open final.

It was Federer's 18th Grand Slam title.

In March 2017, he won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, and on 2 April 2017, he became the oldest winner of the Miami Open.

In June 2017, Federer won the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

In July 2017, Roger Federer won Wilbledon, beating Marin Cilic in the final 6-3 6-1 6-4.

He became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times, and the oldest man to win it since the Open era began in 1968.

In October 2017, he beat Rafael Nadal to win the final of the Shanghai Masters. It was his sixth title of the year.

He followed up quickly by winning his seventh title of 2017, the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

In January 2018, Federer won the Australian Open for the sixth time. It was his 20th Grand Slam title.

In March 2019, he won his 100th ATP tour title in singles when he was victorious at the Dubai Tennis Championship.

He immediately followed up with another title, this time winning the Miami Open.

On 14 July 2019, he lost the longest ever Wimbledon singles final losing the fifth and final set 12-13 with the tie-break going 7-3 in Novak Djokovic's favour.

In September 2022, Roger Federer announced that he was retiring from professional tennis, bowing out at the Laver Cup.

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