Roger Federer lost in the qualifying round of the Gstaad ATP event in July 1997 before entering those Bossonnens events, his first professional main draw tournaments. In four events played on outdoor clay, Roger reached two semi-finals and lost them to second-seeded Daniele Balducci and top-seeded Agustín Garizzio.
Roger took eight wins that month at Bossonnens and found himself on the brink of the top-800. Making significant progress up the ATP ranking list, Roger broke into the top-100 two years later and broke into the top-20 in February 2001.
The Swiss broke into the top-10 in May 2002 after the first Masters 1000 title in Hamburg and missed out on the ATP throne in the summer of 2003. Roger kicked off the 2004 season with the Australian Open title and became the world number 1 and a dominant figure for the next four and a half years.
Federer had a great run between 2017 and 2019, claiming the Grand Slam and Masters 1000 crowns and ending the year 2019 ranked third behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He reached the semifinal of the 2020 Australian Open before announcing knee surgery.
He had another one in May and skipped the rest of the season, hoping to start again in 2021. Roger played five tournaments in the previous season, reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals as the oldest player in the Open Era, but still struggling with knee problems.
Roger underwent his third operation last summer and hasn’t played for a year.
King Roger on his future
Roger Federer became one of the biggest superstars the sport has ever seen, not long after he turned pro in 1998. “How can I be myself? That has been the greatest test of my character.
How do I deal with people who ask me what it’s like to be rich, or what I’m going to do with my prize money? How do I deal with the travel, with the celebrity and the fortune?” he expressed. He has plans to pursue other professions after his tennis career.
“I don’t think I need the tennis. I am happy with the little things. When my son does something right, when my daughter comes home with a good grade. Tennis is part of my identity, but not my entire identity. I want to be and remain successful, put a lot of energy into business, but that is also possible outside of sports,” he said on the same.