“When you lose, the journey is endless. When you win, time just flies.” This was the text sent by Robert Federer to his 32-year-old son after the Dubai Open in 2014. And I guess somewhere this quote completely defines Roger. I mean I was in school when he won his first grand slam in 2003. Over the 15 years, I have graduated high school, college, finished my post graduation, got a job, left it, might get married by next year and at the current form he is in, he will be still aiming for few slams or masters wins or as many as he could. Funny thing is, all these years he has been there, dominating the sport, whether playing or not and he will keep doing that, even though I don’t know what I will be doing in my life. Truly time just flies.
Born to a Swiss father and a South African mother, Federer was subjected to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. But in 2003, he was ruled unsuitable for the services. Yeah, imagine that. Roger, in his game and in his career has defined the word “perfection” and “success” in such a manner that we find it very hard to believe that he can’t achieve certain things. But in reality, at the end of the day, he’s just a normal human being.
Federer first played tennis at the age of 6. He was hooked after watching Boris Becker win the Wimbledon title in 1985. When he was 10, Federer began weekly private coaching with Adolf Kacovsky, a tennis coach at The Old Boys Tennis Club. “I noticed right away that this guy was a natural talent,” said Kacovsky. “He was born with a racket in his hand.” He was also playing football at that time but decided to pursue career in tennis and it was in 1996 that he joined the ITF junior tennis circuit, where it all began. In his junior career, he won 5 titles including the most prestigious one, the Junior Wimbledon title. Receiving his junior Wimbledon cup in the Royal box, did he ever thought that, forget playing, he would be ruling and owning the center court one day?
If you go through his records, they are just endless. I was completely lost when I started reading. I thought about including some but I was so confused as to which record to include. After winning the junior Wimbledon, Roger went on winning a couple of titles, beating some good players and also suffering some defeats from them. But clearly he was making his name in the tennis world. So till now with all the training and hard work he did throughout his career, experiencing different coaching styles and tactics with some good coaches, suffering through number of injuries, having some bad losses, having a wonderful married life with Mirka, creating four beautiful children, whom we hope to see play tennis in the future, establishing the Roger Federer Foundation to help disadvantaged children and to promote their access to education and sports, also associating himself with n number of charities, shocking RF fans by taking break from tennis due to injuries and for having some time for himself and his family and never retired from a single match in his career, he has achieved this,
- all-time record 18 grand slam singles titles and has reached a record 29 Grand Slam finals
- 18 grand slams includes 7 Wimbledon, 5 Australian Open, 5 US Open and one French Open.
- held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 302 weeks
- 26 ATP Masters 1000 titles, 18 ATP Tour 500 titles, 24 ATP Tour 250 tiles
- Olympic gold medal in men’s doubles with Stan Wawrinka at 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver medal in the men’s singles at 2012 London Olympics
- won 2001 Hopman Cup and 2004 Davis cup representing Switzerland
All these achievements are in just brief. There are many more. He has won and lost in an era where he played from the likes of Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Carlos Moya, Safin, Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and now Dimitrov, Nishikori, Thiem and many more.
Today we BEL19VE. Today it’s another Wimbledon final. Roger’s favorite surface to play. Center court his home. Head to head, Federer leads 6-1 against Marin Cilic. It will be amazing to watch what shorts he comes up with. We can’t get enough of that delightful backhand or the ace down the line. To just watch him with his quiet mind and the will power to win against all odds. To shout “C’mon” with him after he scores a point. To get frustrated with him for his silly mistakes and just to pray for him to win. Also to appreciate with him when Cilic will play better.
As I am writing this article, Federer and Cilic are walking those famous footsteps towards the Center Court. I feel like I want to write more cause this article feels a bit incomplete to me. But I think I will leave it to Roger Federer to finish this article. Let the magic begin. Go Roger ! Bel19ve !
P.S : Forgive me for the mistakes. No time to edit. Federer is on court. Time to go !
wikipedia – Roger Federer stats