Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Biography of Roger Federer

Roger Federer ( born 8 August 1981 ) is a Swiss professional tennis player. As of 5 July 2010, he is ranked World No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

He previously held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks and 285 total weeks, one week behind record holder Pete Sampras. Considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time, Federer has won a male record 16 Grand Slam singles titles.

He also won the Olympic Gold Medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. As a result of Federer's successes in tennis, he is often referred to as The Federer Express or abbreviated to Fed Express, the Swiss Maestro or simply Maestro.

Playing Style : Federer's versatility was summarised by Jimmy Connors: "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist...or you're Roger Federer." Federer is an all-court, all-round player known for his fluid style of play and shot making. Federer mainly plays from the baseline but is also comfortable at the net being one of the best volleyers in the game today.

David Foster Wallace described Federer's exceptional speed, fluidity and brute force of this forehand motion as "a great liquid whip", while John McEnroe has referred to Federer's forehand as "the greatest shot in our sport". Federer plays with a single-handed backhand which gives him great variety. He employs the slice, occasionally using it to lure the opponent to the net and pass him. Federer can also fire topspin winners and possesses a 'flick' backhand where he can generate pace with his wrist; this is usually used to pass the opponent at the net.

His serve is difficult to read because he tosses the ball in the same spot no matter where he intends to serve it, and turns his back to his opponents during his motion. He is often able to produce big serves on key points during a match. His first serve is typically around 200 km/h (125 mph), however, he is capable of serving at 220 km/h (137 mph). Recently, Federer has also added the drop shot to his game and utilizes a well-disguised one off of both wings.

Equipment : Federer currently plays with a customised Wilson Six.One Tour BLX tennis racquet, Federer has a contract with Nike footwear and apparel. He also has his own logo, an R and F joined together.

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