Roger Federer from start to today. In this new column, we will explore the Swiss Maestro's career, focusing our analysis in several stages not only on his victories and his records, but also on anecdotes, events that happened behind the scenes, and curiosities.
In short, the genesis of a champion. 2009 was a great season for Roger. And not only from a professional point of view. On 2009, March 12th, through his official website, he and Mirka communicated that they were expecting a baby; on the night between 23 and 24 July, Mirka gave birth to two twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
Federer married his partner on April 11th of the same year. The 2010-2012 biennium was like a roller coaster ride. Federer started 2010 in the best way, winning the Australian Open for the 4th time, beating Andy Murray in the final.
From February to the end of August, however, his performance was below the expectations, especially when compared to the previous season. Not only that: at Wimbledon he was eliminated before the final (against Tomas Berdych), for the first time since 2003, losing the second match at the All England Club in 8 years.
The season was dominated by Rafael Nadal, winner of the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, as well as new world No. 1. In 2010 Federer won a total of five titles: Australian Open, Cincinnati, Stockholm, Basel and the ATP Finals, beating Nadal in the Final.
Following the Haiti earthquake, also in 2010, Federer, in collaboration with other players, organized a charity event called Hit for Haiti during the Australian Open 2010, the proceeds of which were destined for the victims of the earthquake.
2011 was the worst year for Swiss, at that time. For the first time since 2003, he did not win even a Major. Not only that, in total he won four titles (Doha, Basel, Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals), reaching only the final of Roland Garros, lost against Nadal.
That year a tennis player took the stage to all his rivals: Novak Djokovic, winner of three Slams. At Wimbledon Federer suffered one of the most sensational defeats of his career: in the quarterfinals, he led by two sets against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but the Frenchman handed the Swiss his first loss in a match in which he led by two-sets-to-love.
That year someone raised many doubts about the future of Federer in tennis. But he replied: "This year some defeats have been tough. But the season is not over and I can still win a title. My retirement in 2012? I had a match with Nike and I already know what I will wear in 2013 until Roland Garros.
I always organize everything for two years in advance!" And in fact, he was right. Because in 2012, after the victories in Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells and Madrid, he came back to play a Wimbledon final after three years, beating first Novak Djokovic in the semifinal and then Andy Murray in the final, equaling the records of Pete Sampras and Williams Renshaw, both of whom had won seven Wimbledon titles each.
"I think I peaked probably in 2012. I couldn't become more popular or get more support from people. Without a doubt, one of the main reasons why I keep playing is precisely to feel the support of people, to be close to them, trying to throw good shots and give them a show," he said in a recent interview.
And the story continues.