The master : the long run and beautiful game of Roger Federer

by Clarey, Christopher,

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A major biography of the greatest men's tennis player of the modern era.

There have been other biographies of Roger Federer, but never one with this kind of access to the man himself, his support team, and the most prominent figures in the game, including such rivals as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Roddick. In The Master , New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey sits down with Federer and those closest to him to tell the story of the greatest player in men's tennis.

Roger Federer has often made it look astonishingly easy through the decades: carving backhands, gliding to forehands, leaping for overheads and, in his most gravity-defying act, remaining high on a pedestal in a world of sports rightfully flooded with cynicism. But his path from temperamental, bleach-blond teenager with dubious style sense to one of the greatest, most self-possessed and elegant of competitors has been a long-running act of will, not destiny. He not only had a great gift. He had grit.

Christopher Clarey, one of the top international sportswriters working today, has covered Federer since the beginning of his professional career. He was in Paris on the Suzanne Lenglen Court for Federer's first Grand Slam match and has interviewed him exclusively more than any other journalist since his rise to prominence. Here, Clarey focuses on the pivotal people, places, and moments in Federer's long and rich career: reporting from South Africa, South America, the Middle East, four Grand Slam tournaments, and Federer's native Switzerland. It has been a journey like no other player's, rife with victories and a few crushing defeats, one that has redefined enduring excellence and made Federer a sentimental favorite worldwide.

The Master tells the story of Federer's life and career on both an intimate and grand scale, in a way no one else could possibly do.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Few writers could capture the evolution of Roger Federer's ascent to the top of his sport from his start at age eight with more clarity and vision than New York Times tennis correspondent Clarey. He offers a master class in sportswriting as he presents the case for Greatest of All-Time (GOAT), tracing the growth and influences of the tennis superstar, who rose to ATP number 1 status at age 22 and is still triumphing in his forties. Clarey focuses his argument for GOAT status on the "places, people, and duels" that shaped Federer's career. Players of influence include Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, and current rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Having covered the Grand Slams since the 1990s, Clarey presents a well-researched analysis drawing from more than 20 interviews with Federer over the years, and with key players and influential figures, conversations exploring the question: Are champions born great, made great, or is it a combination of the two? For Swiss ace Federer, it took a village of family, coaches, a sports psychologist, his wife, Mirka, and rivals who pushed each other to excel. A must-read for devoted tennis fans and everyone interested in athletes and the sports world."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Clarey (Davis Cup Yearbook 1999), the tennis correspondent for the New York Times, takes a paltry look at the life of tennis great Roger Federer. The author, who has had tremendous access to his subject--covering him over two decades, and interviewing him more than 20 times--breaks down the player's approach to the game and how he won a record-breaking 20 Grand Slam singles titles. In doing so, he analyzes Federer's style and tactics, such as his use of the forehand "in parts of the court where many others could not have managed it." Despite the level of detail he offers in recounting Federer's legendary Wimbledon matches--including his epic 2003 final against Mark Philippoussis--his handling of the Swiss's life off the court is notably superficial. In one instance, Clarey describes how Federer's wealth enabled him to arrange the best homeschooling for his twin daughters, but he fails to explore how that choice (made for Federer's convenience) impacted his children. Meanwhile, Federer's laudable decision to establish a foundation to help improve early childhood education in Africa is given short shrift in favor of extraneous trivia on other top tennis pros. Those seeking a deep dive into the personality of a sports star may need to keep looking. Agent: Susan Canavan, Waxman Literary Agency. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Federer, Roger, -- 1981-
Tennis players -- Switzerland -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description 421 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781538719268
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