Roger Federer Birthday (August 8th)

Roger Federer Birthday (August 8th)

Roger Federer

Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland to a Swiss father and South African mother. He grew up in suburban Münchenstein, situated near Basel and close to the borders of France and Germany. The number one ranked player in the world first started playing tennis when he was 8 years old, together with soccer until the age of 12, when  went ahead to focus on his tennis game. By the time he  was 14, he was the junior Swiss champ for all age groups.

Federer’s Tennis Career: 

Roger Federer began playing tennis at the age of eight and played on the junior circuits until 1998 which is the year he  won the Wimbledon Juniors title and the celebrated year-ending Orange Bowl. He connected with the ATP tour in July 1998 but finished the year as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion. In 1999, he made his first appearance for the Swiss Davis Cup team and ended the year as the youngest participant inside the ATP's top 100 tennis players. 

In 2000, he  made into the semi-finals in the Sydney Olympics, but lost the match for the third place. He won his first ATP tournament in Milan, Italy in February 2001. He also won three matches for his nation in the Davis Cup in a 3-2 victory over the United States and moved to the quarterfinals in the fourth round and ended the year with an ATP rank of 13. 

In 2002, he had a respectable season winning a few competitions; however, his year was noticeable for his early-round departure at the French Open, Wimbledon where he lost to Mario Ancic, who is the last man to defeat Federer on grass, and U.S. Open. He also lost his long-time Australian coach Peter Carter in a car accident in August. He started 2003 by winning two tournaments in a row in Dubai and Marseille. He also won in Munich lacking any defeats in any of the sets but exited the French Open again in the first round. On July 6th, 2003, he  crushed Mark Philippoussis and won his first Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first Swiss man to do so. Unbelievably, Federer dropped only one set during the entire tournament. 

In the year 2004, he won his first Australian Open singles title by outperforming Marat Safin in the final in direct sets. This triumph helped him succeed Andy Roddick as the World No. 1, a ranking that he  has kept ever since. He efficiently defended his Wimbledon singles title by defeating Roddick in the final and won his first US Open singles title by defeating Lleyton Hewitt in the final game. He was the top-seeded player at the Athens Olympics but lost in the second round to Tomáš Berdych 4–6, 7–5, 7–5. Federer ended up the year by taking the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston for the second continuous year, defeating Hewitt in the final match. Federer's only defeat at a Grand Slam tournament was at the French Open, where he  was outperformed by former World No. 1 and 3-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten in direct sets.

In 2005 he defended his Wimbledon title, winning for the third consecutive year by outperforming Andy Roddick in a rematch of the last year's final. He defeated Roddick in Cincinnati to take his fourth AMS title of the year and sweep all the American AMS events and become the first player in AMS records to win four championships in a single season. In 2006 he won three of the four Grand Slam singles tournaments and ended the year ranked number one, with his points ranking several thousand points away than that of his nearest opponent,Rafael Nadal. 

In 2007, Federer won his third Australian Open and tenth Grand Slam singles title when he, as defendingchampion, won the championship without losing a set, defeating Fernando González of Chile in the final game. He became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament without losing a set.

In 2008 At Wimbledon, Federer made into his 17th continuous Grand Slam singles semifinal and his 16th Grand Slam final, tying him with Bjorn Borg for fourth most in history. In the final, he  played once again against World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. A victory for Federer would have been his sixth consecutive Wimbledon singles title, breaking Borg's modern era record and equalling the all-time record held since the year 1886 by Willie Renshaw. Roger defended two championship points in the fourth set tiebreak but eventually lost the match 6–4, 6–4, 6–7(5), 6–7(8), 9–7. The rain-delayed match finished up in near dusk after 4 hours, 48 minutes of play, making it the longest (as far as elapsed time is concerned) men's final in Wimbledon recorded in the past, and 7 hours, 15 minutes after its suppoed start. The defeat also brought to an end Federer's 65 match winning stride on grass courts.

Roger Federer is the man behind numerous records in international tennis history , the most famous of which is that he  has won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year three times: 2004, 2006, and 2007.