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Biography of Roger Federer by Christopher Clarey

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Dhe latest news from Roger Federer has not been reassuring for his fans. The current knee injury is so severe that he is likely to miss Wimbledon in 2022. With his hoped-for return to the field in the late summer of next year, he would have reached the old age of competitive athletes of almost 41 years. Federer, who has always been very interested in his position in the history of tennis, is faced with a delicate decision in a few months at the latest: Should he risk in the hope of a brilliant comeback, as he did in 2017, instead with the humiliating last one To be remembered for appearances? Björn Borg made this mistake once and he regretted it.

Federer biographers are faced with the similarly difficult question of when is the best and last time to present the authoritative book on the Swiss. After his resignation, interest will eventually wane quickly. The fact that Christopher Clarey, the experienced sports correspondent for the New York Times, is now going on the market with his comprehensive look at Federer’s career can also be seen as a kind of bet on the outcome of the Swiss’s decision.

In one word: looseness

Clarey, who enjoys access to all tennis celebrities, has spared no research efforts in the best American fashion. He talked to dozen of Federer’s companions, confidants, business partners and opponents from different generations of players in order to trace the path of the comprehensively promoted talent from Basel to one of the highest earning athletes in the world. Some things are well-known from the extensive Federer literature, others are fresh and illuminating. for example the portrayal of the photographer Ella Ling, whom Federer was initially reluctant to photograph because he mostly kept his emotions hidden on the square; Her attitude only changed when she noticed that Federer’s facial features hardly change even at the moment of impact, but appear relaxed despite all the development of strength.


Christopher Clarey: “The Maestro Roger Federer”.
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Image: Edel Books

This observation leads directly to the core of Federer’s effect: In tennis, he is completely with himself, his movements seem effortless. You don’t even notice how fast it is because it moves so naturally. Federer even suffered from the fact that everything looks easy for him because that suggests the erroneous conclusion that he doesn’t have to work hard.

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