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Tennis star Roger Federer

Roger Federer hitting a backhand in the 2017 Wimbledon final.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Tennis star Roger Federer

A teenage Federer shoots on his way to winning the junior title at Wimbledon in 1998.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer with his parents Robert and Lynette in 1998.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer hits a forehand at Wimbledon in 2003. He would later win the tournament, his first Grand Slam title.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Serena Williams pose with their Wimbledon trophies in 2003.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer celebrates his first US Open win in 2004 after beating Lleyton Hewitt.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer signs a camera after a French Open match in 2005.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer, above, plays against Andy Roddick in the 2005 Wimbledon final. Federer won five consecutive Wimbledons from 2003 to 2007.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Andre Agassi hitting balls at the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2005. It was before a tournament in Dubai.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and his future wife Mirka are hanging out together in Paris. She was also a professional tennis player. They got married in 2009.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer kisses his trophy after beating Agassi and winning the 2005 US Open.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer sits next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour at a Marc Jacobs fashion show in New York in 2006.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Rafael Nadal played a half-clay, half-grass match in Spain in 2007. Federer has excelled on grass throughout his career. Nadal is widely known as the “King of Sand”.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer holds up his trophy after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon win in 2007.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka celebrate after winning 2008 Olympic gold in doubles.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer returning a shot to Novak Djokovic during a match in Monaco in 2008.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Nadal comforts Federer after beating him in the 2009 Australian Open final. The two rivals have pushed each other throughout their careers.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer falls to his knees after winning the French Open in 2009. The elusive title completed the career grand slam for Federer.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer playing a shot in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer celebrates after winning Wimbledon in 2009. It was his 15th major title, which was the highest for a men’s tennis player at the time.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer poses with children in Kore Roba, Ethiopia, while attending a school funded by his charity, the Roger Federer Foundation, in 2010.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer plays Andy Murray in the final of the 2010 Australian Open.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer greets Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she attends Wimbledon in 2010.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer will serve at the Australian Open in 2011. He won the tournament six times in his career.

Tennis star Roger Federer

After winning a tournament in Switzerland in 2011, Federer posed with ball boys and girls while picking up slices of pizza. Federer, who once worked as a ball boy in Basel, hosted the pizza party.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer walks off with Murray after Murray defeated him in the London 2012 Olympics final.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer takes the court for a match at the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer signing autographs for fans in Shanghai, China in 2013.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer falls over during his Wimbledon semi-final match against Milos Raonic in 2016. That year he struggled with a knee injury which he reinjured during the defeat to Raonic.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Murray play a charity game on a raft in Zurich, Switzerland in 2017.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer won the Australian Open in 2017, defeating Nadal in the final. It was his first Grand Slam title since knee surgery.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer trains in Indian Wells, California in 2017.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer is watched by his wife Mirka and their four children after winning Wimbledon in 2017. Federer has two pairs of twins: identical twins and fraternal twins.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer tears alongside Martin Cilic after winning the 2018 Australian Open. It was the last Grand Slam title of his career.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer plays a backhand to Nadal in the semifinals of the 2019 French Open.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Williams take a selfie after competing in mixed doubles together in 2019.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer leaves Center Court at Wimbledon after losing in the quarterfinals in 2021.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Djokovic attend the Wimbledon centenary celebrations in July.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer announced this month that his Laver Cup appearance would be the last match of his professional career.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer hits a backhand in the last professional game of his career at the Laver Cup in London on Friday September 23. He was paired with fellow superstar Rafael Nadal.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer and Nadal tear apart after losing their doubles match on Friday.

Tennis star Roger Federer

Federer is lifted into the air by his teammates after his last match on Friday.

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