Roger Federer German pronunciation born August 8, 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who held the ATP number one position in a record 237 weeks in a row and 285 weeks in total. As of 4 July 2011, he ranked as the world's No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Federer has won the men have 16 Grand Slam singles titles. He is one of seven male players to capture the career Grand Slam, and one of the three to do it on three different surfaces.
Federer has won a record five ATP World Tour Finals shared with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras and 17 ATP Masters Series tournaments. He also won Olympic gold in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Federer is married to former Women's Tennis Association player Mirka Vavrinec. They met while both competing for Switzerland in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Vavrinec retired from the tour in 2002 because of a foot injury and has since been employed as Federer has public manager.
Federer was born in Binningen near Basel, the Swiss national Robert Federer and South African-born Lynette. He has both Swiss and South African citizenship. Federer versatility was summed up by Jimmy Connors, "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist or a hard court specialist you're Roger Federer."