Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Roger Federer: The number 1 Tennis-Maestro

Roger Federer is a Swiss tennis player born in Basel, currently in 10th place in the ATP world ranking. He grew up in Riehen and then M√ľnchenstein, near Basel, close to the border with France and Germany. He currently resides in Wollerau, in the canton of Schwyz, and is married to the former Swiss tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec, also Mirka, who retired from competition in 2002 because of a foot injury. Mirka gave birth to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. In December 2013, the couple announced a new set of twins, this time male Leo and Lenny.

Nicknamed King Roger, due to the record and the number of qualifications, to the style of winning games on any surface, to the excellent performance demonstrated in the long-lived career, he is considered, the greatest tennis player of all time.

Between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, there has long been a sporting rivalry between the most heated of tennis history, although it should be noted that the strong sporting rivalry corresponds to a great personal friendship and mutual esteem. The two have occupied the top two positions in the ATP ranking continuously for four years.

He is a record holder for the number of weeks in the top of the ATP rankings. He has been the No. 1 in the world for 302 weeks, including 237 in a row, a record still unbeaten, from 2 February 2004 to 17 August 2008. He has regained the top spot on two separate occasions with the first on July 6, 2009, but he lost again on 6 June 2010 and the second time on 8 July 2012, winning his seventh title at Wimbledon. During the latter period of stay at the top of world rankings, he has equaled and surpassed the record of 286 total weeks atop the ATP standings, until then held by Pete Sampras, coming to 302 weeks.

He has won more ATP singles titles (89 trophies: 18 Grand Slams, 24 ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 6 ATP World Tour Finals, 17 ATP World Tour 500 Series and 24 ATP World Tour 250 Series) and holds the record of outdoor titles (67, tied with Rafael Nadal), the concrete (61) and grass (15)

He is the only player in history to have won at least 5 times 3 different tournaments of the Grand Slam (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open), and also the only one able to win 3 of 4 in 3 different years (2004, 2006, 2007). He holds the outdoor record of games won (823), at the Australian Open (87), Wimbledon (84, tied with Jimmy Connors) and victories on the concrete in the grand slam (165) and entire career (676).

On 7 June 2009, with victory in Roland Garros, he becomes one of the eight players in the history of tennis to have completed the Grand Slam career along with Fred Perry, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. In ATP Finals he is the record holder of wins (6) and games won (52).

In ATP World Tour 500 Series, he holds the record of titles (17), tied with Rafael Nadal. During his career, he also won two Olympic medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and won the gold in doubles in the company of his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, while in London 2012, he won the silver medal in singles at Wimbledon losing in the final to Andy Murray.

In team competitions, he triumphed in 2001 with Martina Hingis in the Hopman Cup, a competition reserved for mixed teams, and in 2014 in Davis Cup, gaining the decisive point in the singles against Frenchman Richard Gasquet which allowed the Swiss Davis Cup team to win its first title in the tournament.

Roger is the highest-paid tennis player in the world, as well as the 5th among all sports, with a gain in 2014 amounting to 67 million dollars, as reported by the Forbes magazine.

In October 2003 Federer launched a line of cosmetics and fragrances called RF Cosmetics. In December of the same year, he created the eponymous foundation, with the aim of helping disadvantaged children, primarily in South Africa. He also promoted among the tennis players an initiative to help those affected by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, organizing charity matches whose funds were then donated to UNICEF.

On 3 April 2006 he was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF, while in December, he made his first trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visiting the children of Indian cities of Tamil Nadu, in a region completely devastated by the 2004 tsunami. On the occasion of the world AIDS day in 2007, he lent his image to a video aimed at raising public awareness on the problem of the transmission of the virus from mothers to infants. In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, in collaboration with other tennis players, Federer organized during the Australian Open in 2010 a charity event called Hit for Haiti, the proceeds of which was destined for the earthquake victims.

From the beginning of his career, Federer relies on Nike as a sponsor, both for clothing and for shoes. As regards the racquet, Federer always used those produced by Wilson. The common feature of all the models used is the limited size of the string.

Roger Federer's tennis is widely considered the meeting point between the classic tennis, where qualities such as sensitivity and touch had an important role, and the modern, as popular with the technological evolution of the rackets. Federer retains the elegance gestures and is one of the few players to play even in the classic position of Neutral Stance, with the right foot parallel to the bottom line. The grip with which he plays the shot is not particularly strong as the movement requires a sharp acceleration of the forearm, turning the wrist.

Roger Federer wallpaper wimbledon

The result is a very fast shot, being played without changing the position of the feet. The technical versatility of Federer allows considerable variation with strokes that is particularly appropriate in the through the crossover or when the ball is low in the vicinity of the network, and in this case, accompanying the movement with a small jump, and transferring from the bottom to the top. The closure of the right move is sideways, giving the impression that the movement resembles that of a wide and fluid whiplash.

Federer is able to play early half flight shots, continuously, near the goal line, either forehand or backhand. This allows him to take away the opponent time, and at the same time, to express an aggressive tennis without depleting energy.

The service also evolved over time. With the years he has increased the buckle of the back and today serves both the first and the second ball with greater effect in the kick. The first bar travels on average around 195-200 km/h. However, due to the fluidity of the blow (which makes it hard to read), he is one of the players who obtained the highest number of points from his own service.

The service is characterized by a rapid shifting of weight from the right foot to the left. Federer was considered a flight player and was used for comparison with the large network of specialists such as John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, and Boris Becker. The evolution of his game and the simultaneous improvement of the results, however, have coincided with a reduction of serve and volley.

The modern tennis is much more powerful and played on slower surfaces, with heavier balls and Federer has made a virtue of necessity. Nevertheless, among the top players, he shows poise and coordination in flight shots. The greatest quality of Federer's game is, however, the reactivity and the glance that allow him to sense and leave early on the opponent's shot.
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