Champion in Focus: Roger Federer

In this post we will take a closer look at Roger Federer. He is pictured above meeting the ball at the perfect impact point for a forehand volley.

Federer was born on this day in 1981 in Binningen, close to Basel in Switzerland. Federer’s highest ranking of No.1 was first achieved on 2 February 2004, making him the 23rd man to do so since the ATP computer rankings were introduced in August 1973.

Fed Ex holds the ATP record for most consecutive weeks ranked as the world No.1 player. That record is 237 weeks and was achieved from 2 February 2004 through to 17 August 2008.

The Swiss Maestro has been ranked No.1 for a career total of 243 weeks thus far, placing him fourth on the all time list. Federer is chasing Pete Sampras who is the record holder with 286 weeks ranked as the world No.1.

Federer has won 15 Grand Slam singles titles after his record-breaking performance at Wimbledon 2009. This victory gave him the most Grand Slam singles titles in men’s history.

In 2009 he also completed his career Grand Slam set by defeating Robin Soderling in the final of Roland Garros by 3 sets to love.

The 28 year old has won 3 Australian Open titles. His first title on Australian turf was taken in 2004 after defeating Marat Safin in the final in 3 straight sets. In 2006 Federer beat Marcos Baghdatis in 4 sets. 2007 was his most recent victory at Melbourne Park over Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets.

Roger Federer has won 6 Wimbledon Championships, beginning with his 2003 defeat of Mark Philippoussis, 3 sets to love (3-0). In 2004 he won in 3 sets and in 2005 in 4 sets both prevailing over Andy Roddick. These Wimbledon titles were followed by victories in 2006 (4 sets) and 2007 (5 sets) against archrival Rafael Nadal. Of course, 2009 saw the famous 16 games to 14 final set triumph against the valiant Andy Roddick.

The father of Myla and Charlene has won 5 US Open crowns: 2004 he defeated Lleyton Hewitt in 3 sets; 2005 he was victorious over Andre Agassi in 4 sets; 2006 saw a win over Andy Roddick in 4 sets; 2007 by beating Novak Djokovic in 3 straight sets; and last year he got the better of Andy Murray in 3 sets.

The Swiss No.1 holds the record for most consecutive appearances in the semi-finals or better of the French Open at Roland Garros. His record stands at 5 so far (2005-2009).

The husband of Miroslava “Mirka” Vavrinec holds the record for the most consecutive final appearances at Wimbledon, which currently stands at 7 from 2003 to 2009.

The 4-time year-end World No.1 has the men’s record for the most Grand Slam finals reached, with 20 thus far. The Grand Slam King also has the men’s record for an unbelievable, consecutive 21 semi-finals or better appearances in Grand Slam singles events. He is still on this streak, which is more than double of the next best streak in men’s history.

We will be keenly watching the upcoming US Open as Federer puts a lot of pressure on himself, with so much at stake. The current world No.1 will be doing his best to become the first man to win 6 US Open singles titles and of course, the first to win 6 of them in a row.

Stay tuned as we cover the US Open from August 31 to September 13, 2009.

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