Roger Federer is a professional tennis player who as of December 2012 is ranked world No. 2 by the ATP. Many sports analysts, tennis critics and former and current players consider Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of all time. He owns several men’s world records of the Open Era: holding the world no. 1 position for 302 weeks overall; a 237-consecutive-week stretch at the top from 2004 to 2008; winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching the finals of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final eight times.
Roger Federer is one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era, to capture the career Grand Slam, and one of three (with Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal) to do so separately on clay, grass, and hard courts. Roger Federer also shares the Open Era record for most Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open with Agassi and Novak Djokovic (4 titles), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7 titles) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5 titles). Roger Federer ATP tournament records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, winning 21 ATP Masters 1000 titles (a record shared with Nadal), playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (a record shared with Djokovic), and being one of three players (alongside Agassi and Djokovic) to win seven.
Roger Federer has appeared in 24 men’s Grand Slam finals, with ten in a row, both records, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open. He is the only man to reach at least the semifinals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open. At the 2013 Australian Open, Roger Federer reached a record 35th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and a record 33rd Grand Slam semi-final. He has also won the most matches, 252, in men’s Grand Slam tournaments.
Roger Federer also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He spent eight years (2003–2010) continuously in the top 2 in the year-end men’s rankings and ten (2003–2012) in the top 3. Roger Federer’s rivalries with Nadal, Djokovic and Murray making for a “Big Four”, are considered some of the greatest of all time, in what is increasingly described as a “golden era” of men’s tennis.
Federer has won the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite Award a record ten times straight (2003–2012) and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted for by the players) a record eight times (2004–2009, 2011–2012), both being awards indicative of respect and popularity. Roger Federer also won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006. In 2011, in a South African poll, he was voted the second most trusted and respected person in the world, next to Nelson Mandela.
Roger Federer was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years (2005–2008). Federer is at times referred to as the Federer Express, shortened to Fed Express or FedEx, and the Swiss Maestro, or just Maestro.
Roger Federer is one of the highest-earning athletes in the world. Forbes listed him as number 4 in their list of the top 50 highest-paid athletes in 2011. He has a contract with Nike footwear and apparel. For the 2006 championships at Wimbledon, Nike designed a jacket emblazoned with a crest of three tennis racquets, symbolising the three Wimbledon Championships Roger Federer had previously won, and which was updated the next year with four racquets after he won the Championship in 2006. In Wimbledon 2008 and again in 2009, Nike continued this trend by making Roger Federer a personalised cardigan.
Roger Federer also has his own logo, an R and F joined together. Federer endorses Gillette, Jura, a Swiss-based coffee machine company, as well as Mercedes-Benz and NetJets. Federer also endorses Rolex watches, although Roger Federer was previously an ambassador for Maurice Lacroix. Also in 2009 Roger Federer became brand ambassador for Swiss chocolate makers Lindt. In 2010 Roger Federer’s endorsement by Mercedes-Benz China was extended into a global Mercedes-Benz partnership deal.
How Roger Federer Made His Money – Tennis
Estimated Net Worth: $140 Million
Birthday: August 8, 1981
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