In tennis the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals pre-tournament favourite ROGER FEDERER is not often given credit for his amazing record of being able to compete in every singles Grand Slam singles event since the 2000 Australian Open. The ATP Tour Finals defending champion has played in 48 straight Grand Slams, which is an even 12 years worth. Watch the two ATP Tour Finals matches each day in Singapore at 10pm, then at 4am, from Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 November.
In this series of 8 articles I will supply two great photos and numerous details specific to each player, how to buy your tickets plus an individual schedule of play, so you know exactly which days to watch your favourite players in action. The No.8 Mardy Fish, No.7 Tomas Berdych, No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No.5 David Ferrer articles in this series are already published as the countdown to No.1 continues.
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The 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier ROGER FEDERER is pictured above in full swing after making contact with the ball with this single-handed backhand drive. The 1.85m FEDERER is currently ranked at No.4 in the ATP rankings and was drawn in Group B. The 30-year-old is on a 12-match winning streak after winning both Davis Cup singles matches against Australian and back-to-back indoor hard court titles in Basel and the Paris Open Masters 1000 to collect his 18th Masters 1000 singles title.
FEDERER provided the most accurate preview to the 2011 ATP Tour Finals that I have read, in saying, “This year will be very interesting because I feel the one to four guys are the favourites, and then from five to eight they have the potential to upset the top guys and go all the way to the final. They have big games, they can beat anyone on any given day and they are good enough to win this too. They are very even groups.”
The right-hander from Switzerland qualified for the year-end finals for the 10th straight year and is looking to become the first player ever to win 6 year-end finals singles titles. He is currently tied with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras with 5 a piece. The former World No.1 qualified on 3 September making was the fourth man to qualify for London. FEDERER has a habit of winning these finals back-to-back, his titles were 2003, 2004 then 2006-2007 and he is going for back-to-back again this year!
FEDERER achieved a career-high ITF Junior singles ranking of No.1 on 31 December 1998. As is often the case, he foreshadowed where his best Grand Slam success would occur on the Pro Tour in the Junior Grand Slams. He achieved his best result in a Junior Grand Slam singles event by winning the 1998 ITF Junior Wimbledon.
FEDERER was a runner-up at the 1998 ITF Junior US Open, made the semi finals of the 1998 ITF Junior Australian Open and lost in the 1st round at the 1998 ITF Junior Roland Garros championships. He earned the 1998 year-end No.1 ranking by winning the end of year junior championships!
The Swiss No.1 is pictured below preparing for another one-handed backhand and displaying great balance at the Cincinnati Open. Take a closer look at FEDERER in both pictures and you can notice how he is relaxed and is not forcing the ball, which could well see him play another full year of Grand Slams in 2012 to make the count 13 years and 52 straight events.
A quick look at more very interesting FEDERER details…
- Who is in his Group: Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Mardy Fish
- Round robin schedule: Sunday 20, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 November
- Career-high ranking: No.1 which he first achieved on 2 February 2004
- Best result in ATP Tour Finals: Won this title a record equaling 5 times in 2010
- 2011 singles win-loss record: 59 wins and 12 losses
- Best Grand Slam singles result: 16-time singles champion and owns a career Grand Slam
- Career singles titles won: 69 and runner-up 30 times going for 100th final this week
- Is he on Twitter: No
- Tennis racquet: WILSON BLX Six.One Tour, follow Wilson-> @WilsonTennis
- Tennis Gear: Nike – follow Nike on Twitter-> @NikeTennis
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© 1st photo credit: Beth Wilson
© 2nd photo credit: Beth Wilson