Mostly Credited As: Roger Federer
Birth Name: Roger Federer
Date Of Birth: August 08, 1981 (Age 33)
Country Of Birth: Switzerland
Birth Place: Basel, Basel-Stadt
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland to a Swiss father and South African mother and has an older sister. The number one ranked player in the world first started playing tennis when he was 8 years old, in addition to soccer until the age of 12, when he started to concentrate on his tennis game. By the time he was 14, Roger was the junior Swiss champion for all age groups.
By 1998, Roger's last year in the junior's circuit, he was ranked number one in the world and won the junior boy's singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon, and was runner up at the U.S. Open. In 1999, Roger started to play for the Swiss Davis cup team and by the end of the tennis season, he was the youngest player to finish inside the ATP's top 100 rankings.
Roger then played in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he lost the bronze metal match to Arnaud di Pasquale, a french player. Also at the 2000 Olymipics, Roger met his girlfriend, fellow tennis player Miroslava (Mirka) Vavrinec. In 2001, Roger became Switzerland's first number one ranked player.
Most impressively however, is that Roger has won the Championships at Wimbledon 5 consecutive years (2003-2007), 3 Australian Opens (2004, 2006-2007), and 5 U.S. Open (2004-2008) singles titles. He has also been been ranked as the world number one in singles play for 187consecutive weeks. At the 2006 Australian Open, Roger won his 400th career match in the fourth round. In 2009 Roger was able to win his 14th Grand Slam and complete the Career Slam when he defeated Sweden's Robin Söderling in the final of the French Open. Upon winning at the 2009 Championships at Wimbledon, Roger became the most successful male player in Grand Slam history.
It is with all of his talent, Roger is well on his way to become one of the best tennis players of all time, ranking up there with John McEnroe and Björn Borg, just to name a few. This is probably the reason his fellow players have nicknamed him "The Natural" and has been compared to Tiger Woods due to how both dominate their respective sports fields.