He is married to the former Swiss tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (Mirka). She 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.
He is nicknamed King Roger, due to the record and the number of qualifications. He is considered the greatest tennis player of all time due to his style of winning games on any surface. He has demonstrated excellent performance in the long-lived career.
Between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, there has been a long sporting rivalry. 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. 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, he equaled and surpassed the record of 286 total weeks atop the ATP standings. Until then it was held by Pete Sampras with 302 weeks.
He has won 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). He holds the record of outdoor titles (67, tied with Rafael Nadal), on concrete (61) and grass (15)
He is the only player in history to have won 3 different tournaments of the Grand Slam (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open) 5 times. He is 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 with Australian Open (87), Wimbledon (84, tied with Jimmy Connors). He has 165 grand slam and 676 other victories on the concrete.
On 7 June 2009, he becomes one of the eight players in the history of tennis to have completed the Grand Slam career with his victory in Roland Garros. Earlier Fred Perry, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had the honors. 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. He won the gold in doubles in the company of his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka. 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. In 2014 in Davis Cup, he gained the decisive point in the singles against Frenchman Richard Gasquet. It allowed the Swiss Davis Cup team to win its first title in the tournament.
Roger Federer is the highest-paid tennis player in the world, as well as the 5th among all sports. In 2014 he earned 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 a foundation, with the aim of helping disadvantaged children, primarily in South Africa. He also promoted an initiative among the tennis players to help those affected by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. He organized charity matches whose funds were then donated to UNICEF.
On 3 April 2006, he was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF. In December, he made his first trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to Tamil Nadu. 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, Federer organized a charity event called Hit for Haiti during the Australian Open in 2010. The proceeds of which 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 and the modern. The qualities such as sensitivity and touch had an important role in the technological evolution of the rackets. Federer retains the elegance gestures. He 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 by turning the wrist.
The result is a very fast shot played without changing the position of the feet. The technical versatility of Federer allows considerable variation. The strokes are particularly appropriate through the crossover or when the ball is low in the vicinity of the net. In this case, he accompanies the movement with a small jump, 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.
Roger Federer is able to play early half flight shots near the goal line, either forehand or backhand. This allows him to take away the opponent time. At the same time, he expresses an aggressive tennis without depleting energy.
His service also evolved over time. With the years he has increased the buckle of the back. Today he 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. The fluidity of the blow makes it hard to read. He is one of the players who has 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 is a flight player is compared 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 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. Among the top players, he shows poise and coordination in flight shots. The greatest quality of Federer's game is the reactivity and the glance. It allows him to sense and leave early on the opponent's shot.