One of the all time greats in professional tennis, he set the career record for total grand slams by winning 20, including 8 Wimbledon titles. He was ranked #1 in the Association of Tennis Professionals for 237 weeks in a row from 2004 to 2008.
Growing up near the borders of Germany and France, he learned four languages and played badminton and basketball.
He set an astounding record beginning in 2004, by competing in the semi-finals of 23 consecutive major tournaments. He won a gold medal in doubles competition alongside Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Olympics.
He married Mirka Vavrinec in 2009 and together they had twin daughters named Charlene and Myla and two twin sons named Lenny and Leo.
He beat Pete Sampras in the 4th round at Wimbledon in 2001, as Sampras's career was beginning to fade and Federer's was just taking off.