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Federer, Roger,

1981–, Swiss tennis player, b. Basel. He was an outstanding junior player, ranking number one in 1998, the year he turned pro. Federer won his first Association of Tennis Professionals tournament in 2001 at Milan, and scored his first major victory in 2003 at Wimbledon. Playing with a combination of intelligence, strength, and finesse, he has a powerful forehand, a mighty single-handed backhand, and an explosive serve. Ranked number one in Feb., 2004, he won three of the four Grand Slam titles (Australian and U.S. opens and Wimbledon), 11 singles titles, and 74 of his 80 matches that year. He has since won Wimbledon (2005–7, 2009, 2012, 2017) and the U.S. (2005–8) and Australian (2006–7, 2010, 2017–18) opens multiple times and the French Open once (2009), setting a record for Grand Slam (20) and Wimbledon (8) singles victories by a male tennis player. When he slipped from his number one ranking in Aug., 2008, he had been there for 237 consecutive weeks, also a record. He later (2012) surpassed SamprasSampras, Pete
, 1971–, American tennis player, b. Washington, D.C. Learning the game in the Los Angeles area, he rose to world tennis supremacy after becoming the youngest man to win the U.S. Open, in 1990.
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's career record of 286 weeks at number one, and ultimately set (2018) a new record of 310. In 2019 he became the second male tennis player to win 100 or more singles tournaments.
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Rotterdam [Netherlands], Feb 18 ( ANI ): Roger Federer, the oldest man to become the world number 1 in tennis, won the Rotterdam Open here on Sunday, defeating Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov.
Glasgow: While it's always great to see tennis legend Roger Federer collaborating with his counterpart Andy Murray for a good cause, fans who tuned in to watch the two players face-off in Glasgow were treated to a sight they'd never witnessed before.
I admire Roger Federer, but Murray is a better player now, and deserves to be the No 1.
He lost 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 but said afterwards: "If I'm playing quite well and competing with Roger Federer for a couple of sets, I'm doing the right thing.
I am a huge fan of Roger Federer and with him joining the UAE Royals, my decision to be on board with the team was firm.
ROGER Federer remains confident his back will cope with the rigours of Davis Cup tennis after he was passed fit to represent Switzerland when they take on France in this weekend's final.
Novak Djokovic dives to make a return during the men's singles final match against Roger Federer, inset Novak Djokovic dives to make a return during the men's singles final match against Roger Federer, inset NOVAK Djokovic withstood a courageous fightback from Roger Federer to win one of the most remarkable Wimbledon fi-nals of all time.
ROGER Federer reached a ninth Wimbledon semi-final after beating his great friend Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss battle on Centre Court.
Roger Federer insists landing a sixth crown on home soil today is his sole focus - and not the ATP World Tour Finals spot in London that awaits him should he do so.
FRENCHMAN Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks to have a great chance of beating former champion Roger Federer in their quarter-final match today, writes Scott Samuels.