Roger Federer falls into the category of athletes who have managed to turn all their dreams into reality. The Swiss tennis player didn't have many colleagues to inspire in his country. The best example he had was undoubtedly Marc Rosset, capable of winning an Olympic gold medal.
Federer's all-court game and versatile style of play involve exceptional footwork and shot-making. Effective both as a baseliner and a volleyer, his apparent effortlessness and efficient movement on the court have made Federer highly popular among tennis fans.
He has received the tour Sportsmanship Award 13 times and been named the ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion five times. He has won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times, including four consecutive awards from 2005 to 2008.
He is also the only person to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times. In a recent interview, the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed that he lacked basic tennis equipment. “My first memories go back to playing with a wooden racquet.
Instead of the neon yellow tennis balls, I started off with the white tennis balls. In Switzerland, we used a lot of pressure-less tennis balls as well. I don’t know how many players of this generation today could say that” Federer told ATP Uncovered presented by Peugeot.
Roger opened up on the intensity of his practice. In fact, he didn’t have anyone to play with. “I remember playing against the wall and at the cupboards and the garage doors for hours" - he added.