The Swiss tennis icon celebrates his 40th birthday today as fans and athletes sent in their wishes.
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Roger Federer, born on August 8 in 1981 in Bessel, Switzerland, is one of the greatest names in the realm of tennis today. The tennis player has given 23 of the 40 years of his life to tennis while winning a record of 20 Grand Slam titles in total.
Federer’s style of play has always been applauded by the experts and by fans all around the globe. He is someone who displays effortless grace remarkably well which goes along with his consistent results through the years. Federer is also known for the way he conducts himself both on and off the court. Along with his excellent style of play, his humbleness has made him a real crowd favourite everywhere he goes.
Roger Federer spent $13.5 million to establish 81 pre-schools for children in Malawi in 2015. pic.twitter.com/HmDrNfXY6E
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Federer is likewise very respected and well-liked among his peers as well, having won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship grant (which is voted for by all the ATP players) a record number of 13 times. His gentlemanly behaviour has also been voted the second most respected, admired and trusted individual in the world after Nelson Mandela. He finished ahead of the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Bono in the 2011 Leader RepTrak.
Federer has an immense rundown of records to his name. Here are some of his incredible career records:
- Most Grand Slams of all time: 20
- Most Grand Slam finals: 30
- Most weeks as World Number one: 310
- Most consecutive weeks (male or female) as World Number one: 237
- Only male player to have won 3 different Slams 5 times (6 Australian Open, 8 Wimbledon, 5 US Open).
- Most consecutive Grand Slam finals, semifinals and quarterfinals: 10, 23 and 36 respectively
- Most Wimbledon titles: 8
- Oldest player to be ranked World No. 1 (36 years old)
- Most year-end championship titles: 6
- Most matches played on the ATP tour without retiring.
- – Most consecutive finals won: 24