Wheres the love for Federer?

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Nadace, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Nadace

    Nadace Banned

    Nov 5, 2009
    It seems this subforum is obsessed with the old guys.

    I see lists of the Top players in the world and, wtf Fed isn't number one, and sometimes he isn't in the top 5!

  2. flyinghippos101

    flyinghippos101 Legend

    Jul 7, 2009
    The ban hammer has struck early I see? Good job mods, who was this time? gj011? maximo? or gamesampras?
  3. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

    Aug 12, 2007
    Duh! This is the Former Player section. Hmmm? I wonder why no Roger Federer?
  4. Q&M son

    Q&M son Professional

    Apr 12, 2008
    Trenque Lauquen, BA, Argentina.
    Fail Thread
  5. kishnabe

    kishnabe G.O.A.T.

    Dec 16, 2008
    Ya the love is in the Pro Section, which ...
  6. Steffi-forever

    Steffi-forever Semi-Pro

    Sep 1, 2007
    Roger Federer may have 13 slams to his name, and one could see from an early age that he was destined for greatness.

    Roger Federer my currently be the #2 ranked player in the world, but is considered by many historic players, journalists, current players, and most people involved in the sport as the greatest tennis player of all time. And it seemed to start this way too.

    Roger was born in Basel, Switzerland on August 8th, 1981, almost 10 years to the day after Pete Sampras. Like most European tennis players, he played both tennis and football and was accomplished in both. At 12, he decided to focus on tennis, which turned out into a fantastic choice.

    By the time he was 14, Federer's game was progressing at an alarmingly fast rate, as he was crowned the best tennis player in Switzerland. It was at this point that he was invited to train in Ecublens, where the Swiss National Tennis Center was, in the southwest of the country. That same year, Federer began playing junior ITF events.

    For the summer and fall of 1996, a young 14-15 year old Federer was entering and losing frequently in, satellites and various junior tournaments. In September of 1996, he even played a match with Lleyton Hewitt, when the Aussie was 16 and Roger had just turned 15. Federer won it 6-4 in the third, a pivotal first meeting of two guys that would end up playing deep in slams.

    Early 1997 was more of the same for Roger as he went to Italy, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Mexico, still unable to find some victories. It was in May of that year that a 15 year old Roger won an event in Prato, Italy, that set him off. He qualified for an event the following week and reached the quarterfinals when he decided it was time to step up. Federer played satellites for the remainer of 1997 with mixed success and tried to qualify for events in Gstaad and Basel, failing to do so in either of them. It was at the end of 1997 that a 16 year old Federer realized he needed to return to the Juniors.

    Roger head down to Australia to kick off his 1998 season. His ranking, thanks so his moderate success in satellite event in 1997, sat in the 700's. That was clearly the last thing on his mind as he needed more experience on the junior circuit before heading up. 3 tournaments in January, including the Junior Australian Open, all turned out good results for Federer. A win and two semifinals boosted Roger's confidence enough for him to attempt to qualify for futures events in back to back weeks in Greece in March. He failed to qualify for either, but did score a win in one of them.

    It was back to the juniors in April 1998, as he won a tournament in Florence, Italy, beating Filipo Volandri in the finals. The same Volandri that would end up scoring revenge in 2007, beating Roger in Rome. Roger again tried to qualify for a futures event, this time in Germany, but was destroyed in the first round. This loss seemed to shake young Roger, as he was doing very well for himself on the juniors circuit. Roger lost the next few events on clay before returning to England for some nice grass events.

    Roger turned it around, reaching the semis at an event in Roehampton (where the big boys Wimbledon qualifying is usually held), and won the Junior Wimbledon title a few weeks later. Because of that fantastic and foreboding win, Roger was given a wild card into the clay event in Gstaad, Switzerland the following week. A still-16 year old Roger may have lost in the first round, but it was the next logical step in his career development.

    Roger next played a big Junior tournament in late July in Switzerland. He made the semis, but was beaten in a tough 3 set encounter by Feliciano Lopez, another tour regular that Roger encountered on the way up. Roger stopped messing around with Futures as he tried qualifying for a challenger in Geneva in late August. The result was the same as the recently turned 17 year old Roger lost easily.

    The next event would be the biggest of his career. It was the US Open junior tournament, in September 1998. Federer reached the finals before losing in straights to the fine backhand and great tennistic mind of Argentina's David Nalbandian. Although he didn't win, it seemed that Roger was beginning to come into his own as he attempted to qualify for Toulouse, a main tour event in France, a mere two weeks after the US Open finals loss.

    He ended up qualifying, beating all 3 of his opponents in straight sets. He rode the wave to two more victories on the main draw before he lost in the quarterfinals. His ranking jumped nearly 400 spots as he ended at 396 the following Monday. The next week, Roger had received a wild card into his home event of Basel. It was here that he played Andre Agassi, already a legend, who he would end up playing in a slam final 7 years later. Roger may have lost in straights, but he put up a solid showing for himself. One of the commentators of that match said as the men shook hands at the net: “You'll be seeing a lot more of this Federer guy in the future.”

    Roger finished the year playing a few satellite events, winning two and reaching the finals of a third. He came back to the USA for the last few weeks of the season, and to play the Orange Bowl, the biggest Junior event in the world, in Miami in December. Roger won the tournament, defeating David Nalbandian in the semis and Guillermo Coria in the finals to end his Junior career.

    Roger's 1998 established himself as a fine young player and a future star on the tour. He finished the year ranked 301 and still at just 17, was ready to rock.

  7. ClarkC

    ClarkC Hall of Fame

    Jul 27, 2008
    Charlottesville, VA
    Time to update the boilerplate before re-posting it.

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