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Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion [Paperback]

Chris Bowers
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4 May 2009
This authoritative and affectionate biography traces the rise of Federer, from his first tentative strokes with a tennis racket to how he dealt with being sent away to a training academy where he struggled to communicate in a French-speaking part of Switzerland; and how he handled the sudden death of his first real coach and mentor. It also examines how Roger has bounced back from arguably one of the most challenging periods of his career as, following a serious illness and a dip in form, he broke his run of successive Wimbledon championship wins and was toppled from the Number One spot by rival Rafael Nadal. In characteristic style, Roger silenced his critics by once again winning the US Open title in August 2008. Roger's professionalism and charm, as well as the time he devotes to his charitable foundation, have won him huge amounts of respoct from both his fellow sportsmen and tennish professionals alike.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844547485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844547487
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Bowers is the author of "Fantastic Federder" and "The Book of Tennis" and writes regularly for "The Independent," "The Observer," and "The Times."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Many repititions, but some good new bits 23 May 2009
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This book is clearly written by the same author as "Fantastic Federer", as there are clear repeats. However, the extension of this version to include the win at the US Open 2008 makes it a worthwhile purchase for any true Federer fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 28 Feb 2013
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Great content. Loads of fact and good as reference of Roger's merits. Could have had more pictures. Would have been great with an index list of all the merits.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the most avid Federer fan 28 Jan 2010
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Let it be known that there are few more avid fans of tennis in general, and Roger Federer in particular, than me. Thus, it would not have taken much to satisfy my hunger for even a marginally revealing and intimate biography of the game's biggest star. Unfortunately, I'm still hungry.

The book does relate some interesting facts about Federer's childhood, his family, and his entry into the sport of tennis. Federer's maturation from a young hothead and many early losses to possibly "the greatest ever" is described, match by match. But, there is very little emotion or "meat" in what is essentially a matter-of-fact chronological recall of his career through 2008.

The author is regarded as an experienced and renowned tennis writer, which made the presentation even more disappointing. As an advanced player myself, I was hoping for a bit of analysis from a player's perspective of what sets Federer apart from the rest; his shotmaking, techniques, match preparation, mental toughness, etc. I can learn more watching Federer on television.

In fairness, Federer himself has described his off-court life as "boring." Several times throughout the book, the author states how secretive and protective Federer is of his private life. Federer is obviously very good at this, since nothing in the book reveals much the public does not already know. The author is often apologetic for Federer, at times bordering on fawning. As such, it is not a biography, but more a tribute.

For a well-written, revealing look at the seamier sides of professional tennis, read Agassi's book. As for the definitive look at Roger Federer, we're still waiting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good info but a little biased towards RF 30 Nov 2009
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I have no problems with a biographer sympathizing with his subject, but in my opinion it limits the amount of truths you can uncover about someone's life. However, this is well written. The last quarter is mostly a running commentary of his important matches, but they need to be described to establish context. Please read if you are a Roger Federer fan. I am.
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