Thank you, Roger
Rolex commends Roger Federer on the immeasurable impact he has had on tennis, inspiring generations of players, while also serving as a role model for the wider world of sport. The first man to win 20 Grand Slam® singles titles, he has enjoyed an outstandingly successful career, playing with peerless style and elegance.
Achievements aside, we associate Roger Federer with elegance, perseverance and humility
An ode to mastery
Roger Federer’s accomplishments include 20 Grand Slam® singles titles, six ATP Finals crowns, more than 1,200 career match wins, two Olympic medals, a Davis Cup triumph and 310 weeks in the World No. 1 ranking.
Early in his career, when he was ranked in the top 100 players, Federer was, by his own admission, a very impatient and sometimes bad-tempered athlete. He decided, in his own words, “to become his own best friend”. And so the champion learned to manage pressure and show the utmost respect for the game. He won his first Grand Slam® title in 2003.
The Swiss player is also known for his attitude on court, his elegance and ability to challenge himself and continue raising his game. With these qualities, he has stood the test of time, remaining at the top of the sport for more than 15 years.
A change that started within
While strategy has played a key role in Roger Federer’s career, technique has been every bit as important. With an unrelenting drive for excellence, he has succeeded in adapting his game to changes in his physical condition.
Season after season, Roger Federer has reinvented his tennis to remain competitive at the highest level. While his career has been built on natural talent, his all-round mastery of the game and his place in history are the result of continuous hard work.
He decided, in his own words, “to become his own best friend”.