65 Interesting Facts About Roger Federer

Last updated on October 18th, 2019

Philanthropy, interests, recognition, racquet head size

43. He established ‘Roger Federer Foundation’ in 2003 to help children in countries where child mortality rate is above 15%. When he started the foundation, he did not have enough money. However, he chose to dedicate a part of his life and a portion of his earnings towards this noble cause.[1]

44. Maldives, Dubai, and Swiss mountains are among his favorite holiday destinations.[21]

45. Switzerland has released a special postal stamp in his honor. In fact, he is the only living Swiss person in whose honor a Swiss postal stamp was released. They did this in 2007. The stamp pictured him holding the Wimbledon trophy.[20]

46. He is the richest tennis player in the world. According to Net Worth Post, his net worth is said to be $420 million. And he has collected $127,024,700 as prize money (as of 2019.10.18).[18,19]

47. In 2012, a street in Germany, in the city of Halle, was named after him – “Roger Federer Allee.” In 2016, Switzerland followed suit and also named a street in Biel, “Roger-Federer-Allee”.[14]

48. In 2015, Federer was deemed as the world’s most marketable sports start by London School of Marketing.[13]

49. Federer can speak multiple languages including English, German, Swiss-German and French. Swiss-German is his first language.[17]

50. Roger Federer switched to 97 square-inch frames in 2014. It brought more control and power to his shots, especially backhands. Earlier in his career, he used 90 square-inch frames.[12]

Records and accomplishments

51. He has an amazing record of never retiring from a match because of injuries. Never ever! That’s an amazing streak, isn’t it! Rafael Nadal has however retired at least 7 times.[11] 

52. Federer is the only player to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open for four consecutive years. He did this between 2004 and 2007.[10]

Federer and Nadal
Federer and Nadal after a Wimbledon final. Image by James Woodward

53. Federer became the world number one on 02.02.2004 and retained the position until 17.08.2008. He then again became the world number one player on 06.07.2009 and retained the spot until 06.06.2010. He proved his talent once again and clinched the top ranking on 09.07.2012 where he remained till 04.11.2012. On 19.02.2018, he once again became the number one tennis player in the world for a week until 19.03.2018. Currently, he is sitting at the third spot in ATP rankings.[8]

54. He has held the sweet spot for more than 302 weeks now. And is the only player to have stayed on the top for a record 237 straight weeks (2004-2008).[5]

55. He is now also the oldest male tennis player to become the world number one at the age of 36.[5]

56. He was also the president of the ATP Player Council for six years between 2008 and 2014.[5]

57. In 2006 season, Federer collected a total prize money of $8,343,885 which was nearly two million dollars more than Pete Sampras’ record earning during a year.[3]

58. He also won 92 matches and lost only 5 during the same season, becoming the first player since 1982 to win more than 90 matches in a single season.[3]

59. After a successful 2006 season, Federer decided to play at selected tournaments and not everywhere. He realized that it is important to take breaks when needed and prepare well for the next event. He just wanted to accomplish more while playing less.[3]

60. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam finals, played 30 finals, 43 semi-finals, and 52 quarter-finals.[7]

61. Did you know that Federer has hit 11,244 aces till date in 1,499 matches (1231-268) overall? He sits at the number two spot behind Ivo Karlovic on the list of career aces on all surfaces from all countries.[5]

62. Federer’s fastest serve is 230 km/h. And the fastest serve ever recorded in the history of tennis was served by Sam Groth at 263 km/h.[16]

63. Did you know that the longest match Federer played lasted for 5 hours 5 minutes? He played Rafael Nadal in the Match in 2006 where he was defeated in five sets.[9]

64. Federer played his first ATP Final in 2000 at the Marseille Open where he lost to his fellow Swiss player Marc Rosset. And he won his first Masters Series event in Hamburg Masters beating Marat Safin in the final.[6]

65. Two of the main rivals of Roger Federer include Rafael Nadal and Djokovic. Federer and Djokovic have faced each other 45 times with Djokovic leading 23–22. However, Federer and Nadal have faced each other 38 times with Nadal leading 23-15 (as of February 24, 2018).[5]

Roger Federer – Quick facts and stats

Born8 August 1981 (age 36)
Basel, Switzerland
NationalitySwiss and South African
ResidenceBottmingen, Switzerland
Field of WorkTennis
Turned Pro1998
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Prize Money$126,840,700 (2nd all-time leader in earnings)
Grand Slam Singles resultsAustralian Open: W (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)

French Open: W (2009)

Wimbledon: W (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)

US Open: W (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Olympic medal recordGold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Singles
AwardsLaureus Best Sports Award
Best Male Tennis Player Award
Best International Athlete
ParentsFather - Robert Federer
Mother - Lynette Federer
SiblingSisters - Diana Federer
Married2009
SpouseMirka Federer
ChildrenMyla Rose Federer
Charlene Riva Federer
Lenny Federer
Leo Federer
Net Worth$450 million
Official websitehttps://www.rogerfederer.com/