Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).Most commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.He has been ranked inside the top 10 since October 2002 and the top 20 since April 2001.
Federer holds several records of the Open Era: holding the world No. 1 position for 302 weeks(including 237 consecutive weeks);winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching each Grand Slam Final at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final nine times. He is among the seven men, (and among the four in Open Era), to capture a career Grand Slam. Federer also shares an Open Era record for most titles at the Australian Open with Andre Agassi and Novak Djokovic (4), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5).
Federer appeared in 25 men's singles Grand Slam finals, with 10 in a row, both records, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open. He also recorded semifinals at 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open.At the 2014 US Open, he played in a record 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, reached a record 43rd Grand Slam quarter-final and a record 36th Grand Slam semi-final. Earlier, at the 2013 French Open, Federer reached a record 36th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final. Federer has won the most matches in Grand Slams (281) and is the first to record 60+ wins each at each Grand Slam tournament.
Childhood and early life:
Federer was born at the Basel Cantonal Hospital in Basel, Switzerland.His father, Robert Federer, is Swiss, from Berneck, near the borders between Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and his mother, Lynette Federer (born Durand), from Kempton Park, Gauteng, is a South African whose ancestors were Dutch and French Huguenots.Federer has one sibling, his older sister Diana,who is the mother of a set of twins.He holds both Swiss and South African citizenship.He grew up in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen and then Münchenstein, close to the French and German borders and speaks Swiss German, Standard German, English and French fluently, Swiss German being his native language.
Federer was raised as a Roman Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome.Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, in 2003 he was deemed unfit because of a long-standing back problem and was subsequently not required to fulfill his military obligation.He grew up supporting F.C. Basel and the Swiss National Football Team.Federer also credits the range of sports he played as a child—he also played badminton and basketball—for his hand-eye coordination
All-time tournament records:
17 men's Major titles overall
3 men's Major titles per-year 3 times 2004, 2006–07
2 men's Major titles per-year 5 times 2004–07, 2009
25 men's Major finals overall
36 men's Major semi-finals overall
43 men's Major quarter-finals overall
10 consecutive men's Major finals
23 consecutive men's Major semi-finals
36 consecutive men's Major quarter-finals
60 consecutive men's Major tournament appearances
281 Major match wins overall
145 Major hard court wins overall
Reached all 4 Major finals 3 times (2006–07, 2009)
Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award-2010,2009,2008:
The Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the professional male tennis player adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year.
Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.
Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous
Best International Athlete ESPY Award-2007:
The Best International Athlete ESPY Award is an award given to the sportsperson, irrespective of gender or sport contested, adjudged to have been the best or most outstanding of those born outside, or not possessing citizenship, of the United States who contest a major international individual sport primarily in the United States or a North American professional team sport in a given calendar year. The award was discontinued after 2009.
Balloting for the award was conducted over the Internet by fans from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee. The ESPY Awards ceremony has been conducted in June since the 2002 ceremony; all awards conferred in that period reflect performance and achievement over the twelve months previous to presentation, which may span one or two seasons depending upon the recipient's particular sport.
BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year-2007,2006,2004:
The BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year is an award presented at the annual BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony. The award is presented to a non-British sportsperson considered to have made the most substantial contribution to a sport in that year. The award is decided by a panel of over 30 sporting journalists. Each panellist votes for their top two choices; their first preference is awarded two points, and their second preference is awarded one point. The winning sportsperson has the most total points. In the case of a points tie, the sportsperson chosen as first preference by the most panellists is the winner. If this is also a tie the award is shared.
The Overseas Personality award was first presented in 1960, six years after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was introduced. The first recipient of the award was Australian middle distance runner Herb Elliott.Since then, the award has been presented to 48 sportspersons. American boxer Muhammad Ali, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have each won the award three times,while Australian golfer Greg Norman won the award twice. The award has been shared on three occasions—by Ron Clarke and Gary Player in 1965, Eusébio and Garfield Sobers in 1966, and Evander Holyfield and Michael Johnson in 1996.The husband-and-wife skating duo of Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova are the only pair to have won the award, doing so in 1968.Belousova was the first woman to become Overseas Personality—she was also the oldest, aged 33. George Moore is the oldest recipient of the award, winning in 1967 aged 44. The youngest recipient of the award is Nadia Com?neci, who won in 1976 at age 16. Boris Becker, who was 18 when he won in 1985, is the youngest male to have won.