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Name: Roger Federer                                                                       
Born: 8 August 1981 Basel, Switzerland                                                   
Roger Federer (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss                                           
tennis professional, ranked World No. 1 since February 2, 2004, for a record 212         
consecutive weeks. He is widely regarded as the best player of his generation             
and among the elite group of all-time great male tennis players. In 2008, he             
was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record fourth consecutive             
Federer has won twelve Grand Slam singles titles (three Australian Open, five             
Wimbledon, four US Open), four Tennis Masters Cup titles, and fourteen ATP               
Masters Series titles.                                                                   
He has appeared in a record ten consecutive Grand Slam men's singles finals (2005         
Wimbledon Championships through to 2007 U.S. Open).                                       
Roger Federer was born in Basel, Switzerland, to Swiss-German Robert Federer             
and South African Lynette Federer. He grew up in suburban Manchenstein, ten               
minutes from Basel and close to the borders with France and Germany. As a boy,           
Federer was very emotional and was kicked off practice courts occasionally.               
Federer was also a talented football player[citation needed]. He had considered           
becoming a professional footballer but instead decided to pursue tennis. He               
continues to support FC Basel, his hometown club and is a fan of Italian club AS         
Roma. When he was younger, he liked to watch Marcelo RĂ­os in action.                     
Federer especially liked Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker and has cited them as             
Federer currently resides in Oberwil, Switzerland and is dating former WTA               
player and Slovakia-born Miroslava Vavrinec (Mirka), who retired from tennis in           
2002 after a foot injury. The two met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Federer               
launched a fragrance called RF Cosmetics in October 2003. He considers Swiss             
German his first language, but also speaks German, French, and English fluently           
and conducts press conferences in all three. His favorite vacation spots are the         
Maldives, Dubai, and the Swiss mountains. He is also a good friend of                     
golf superstar Tiger Woods. Federer is Roman Catholic, and met Pope Benedict XVI         
while playing the Rome Masters in 2006.                                                   
Roger Federer is highly involved in various charities. He established the Roger           
Federer Foundation in 2003 to help disadvantaged people and to promote sports to         
young people. He was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF from 2006. Since           
then, he has visited Tamil Nadu, one of the worst tsunami-affected areas in               
India, and South Africa. He has also appeared in UNICEF public messages to raise         
public awareness of AIDS.                                                                 
Federer started playing tennis at the age of six. He began participating in               
group lessons at the age of nine and began weekly private coaching when he was           
ten. He also played football until the age of twelve when he decided to focus             
solely on tennis. At fourteen, he became the national champion of all groups             
in Switzerland and was chosen to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in             
Ecublens. He joined the ITF junior tennis circuit in July 1996. In 1998, his             
final year as a junior, Federer won the junior Wimbledon title and the                   
prestigious year-ending Orange Bowl. He was recognized as the ITF World Junior           
Tennis champion of the year. In July 1998, Federer joined the ATP tour at                 
Gstaad. The following year he debuted for the Swiss Davis Cup team against Italy         
and finished the year as the youngest player (for the year) inside ATP's top 100         
ranking. In 2000, Federer reached the semifinals at the Sydney Olympics and lost         
the bronze medal match to Arnaud di Pasquale of France. Federer reached his               
first final in Marseille which he lost to Marc Rosset and was also the runner-up         
in Basel. He failed to make an impression at Grand Slams and Masters Series               
tournaments, and ended the year ranked 29th.