1. A star is born in Basel
From here on, Federer's adult life was catapulted into fame and success.
Referred to as the FedEx or the Swiss Maestro, we dig up some facts about how Federer became the champion of champions
Simply googling "Switzerland's best sportsman" will vindicate any doubts you may have of Roger Federer's place in Swiss sporting history. Winner of six "Swiss Sports Personality of the Year" awards, 17 Grand Slam Tournaments, three Olympic medals and a whole host of trophies from other tennis tournaments.
It's perhaps no suprise that, with so many accolades under his belt, Federer had to recently upgrade his Swiss residence to a glass mansion by Lake Zurich to have enough room for his trophie cabinet (or vault).
Here's 8 facts about the Swiss Maestro that we wanted to share with you.
2012 was an eventful year for summer sports, least of all tennis. As London was gearing up for it's Olympic games, Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament on the planet, became the unofficial warm up session for the tennis pros. But things quickly became electric in the All-England Club, as the British hopeful Andy Murray did what no other male Brit could do since 1938: reach the Wimbledon finals. Facing number one seed Federer, Murray slogged out a gruelling four sets match, only to lose to the well composed Swiss pro.
One month later, Wimbledon was centre stage for the 2012 Olympic Games tennis tournament and what transpired there was like a page out of a Hollywood script. Murray and Federer, fresh from their last face-off, once again made it to the tournament finals on Centre Court, but this time competing as Olympians. Murray dominated the match and denied Federer the gold medal with a swift historic victory over his Swiss rival.
It may look like a lair for a Bond villain, but this is actually a CHF 9.5 million three storey house for the Federer family. Located in Wollerau next to Lake Zurich, this modern home comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and a swimming pool, plus two luxury apartments for Federer's mum and dad.
Federer is one of a string of multi-millionaire moving Wollerau due to the Canton's lowest tax rates Europe. Formula One drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa and the former UBS chairman Marcel Ospel are also other big names that have moved into the region.
When it comes to modern sports, all roads lead to this question: how much money do they make?
Federer's estimated net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is $320 million. Forbes puts him as the fifth highest paid athlete in the world and ranks #16 in the richest celebrity category. With an average yearly salary of $60-70 million per year, Federer is the highest-paid tennis player in world.
Federer's fortune comes through a combination of prize money, sponsorships, exhibitions and appearance fee. So far in his ATP career, the Swiss Maestro has raked in $90 million worth of prize money.
Federer's good looks, squeaky clean image and professionalism has earned him big sponsors to bank roll him through his career. Federer earns around $40 million a year from endorsement by Nike, Rolex, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Wilson.
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