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Biography

Roger Federer

Personal Details
Name Roger Federer
Country (sports) Switzerland
Residence Bottmingen, Switzerland
Date of birth 8 August 1981
Birth place Basel, Switzerland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1998
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 102,814,690
Singles*
Career record 1095–246 (81.66% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, in Summer Olympics and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 90 (3rd in the Open Era)
Highest ranking No. 1 (2 February 2004)
Current ranking No. 6 (20 March 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results*
Australian Open W (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017)
French Open W (2009)
Wimbledon W (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012)
US Open W (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Other tournaments*
Tour Finals W (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)
Olympic Games F (2012)
Doubles*
Career record 129–89 (59.17% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, in Summer Olympics and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 8
Highest ranking No. 24 (9 June 2003)
Current ranking  — (20 March 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results*
Australian Open 3R (2003)
French Open 1R (2000)
Wimbledon QF (2000)
US Open 3R (2002)
Other doubles tournaments*
Olympic Games W (2008)
Team competitions*
Davis Cup W (2014)
Hopman Cup W (2001)
Olympic medal record*
2008 Beijing Doubles
2012 London Singles

About-

Federer was born at the Basel Cantonal Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. His father, Robert Federer, is Swiss, from Berneck, near the borders between Switzerland, Austria and Germany; and his mother, Lynette Federer (born Durand), from Kempton Park, Gauteng, is a South African whose ancestors were Dutch and French Huguenots. Federer has one sibling, his older sister Diana, who is the mother of a set of twins. He holds both Swiss and South African citizenship. He grew up in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen, and then Münchenstein, close to the French and German borders and speaks Swiss German, Standard German, English and French fluently, Swiss German being his native language.

Federer was raised as a Roman Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d’Italia tournament in Rome. Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, in 2003 he was ruled “unsuitable” and was subsequently not required to fulfil his military obligation. Instead, he served in the civil protection force and was required to pay 3% of his taxable income as an alternative. He grew up supporting F.C. Basel and the Swiss National Football Team. Federer also credits the range of sports he played as a child—he also played badminton and basketball—for his hand-eye coordination.

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