Roger Federer junior years

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Roger Federer's main accomplishments as a junior player came at Wimbledon where, in 1998, he won both the singles tournament over Irakli Labadze, 6–4, 6–4,[1] and the doubles with Olivier Rochus, over the team of Michaël Llodra and Andy Ram, 6–4, 6–4.[2] In addition, Federer lost the US Open Junior tournament in 1998 to David Nalbandian, 3–6, 5–7.[3] Federer would go on to win four other junior singles tournaments in his career.

Junior career[edit]

Federer was four years old when Boris Becker, his childhood idol, won his first Wimbledon title in 1985. From then on, Federer watched "tennis matches on television for hours on end."[4] Reflecting on his childhood, he said, "I liked tennis the best of all sports. It was always exciting and winning or losing was always in my hands."[4] Soon after enrolling in school at the age of six, Federer became the best in his age group and trained three times a week in and around Basel.[5] It was at these sessions that he became friends with Marco Chiudinelli, a "talented" boy a month younger than Federer. The boys often played squash, table tennis, and soccer together. A region-wide top tennis group was formed when the pair was eight years old; despite playing for different clubs, they became members.[4]

They first played each other at an official event called The Bambino Cup in Arlesheim when both were eight. "Back then we only played one long set of up to nine games," Chiudinelli recollects. "Things weren't going well for me at the beginning. I was behind 2–5 and I started to cry. We cried a lot back then even during the matches. Roger came up to me and tried to comfort me when we switched sides. He told me everything would be alright, and in fact, things got better. I took the lead 7–6 and noticed that the tide had turned. Then he began to cry and I ran up to him and give him encouragement and things went better for him. It was the only time I could beat him."[6]

When he was 10, Federer began weekly private coaching with Adolf Kacovsky, a tennis coach at The Old Boys Tennis Club. "I noticed right away that this guy was a natural talent," said Kacovsky. "He was born with a racquet in his hand." At first, Federer received lessons only while part of a group, although "the club and I quickly noticed he was enormously talented. We began giving him private lessons that were partly funded by the club. Roger was a quick learner. When you wanted to teach him something new, he was able to pick it up after three of four tries, while others in the group needed weeks."[6]

A "star pupil", the Swiss youngster always wanted to become the best in the world. "People laughed at him, including me," recollects Kacovsky. "I thought that he would perhaps become the best player in Switzerland or Europe but not the best in the world. He had it in his head and he worked at it."[7]

He played football until the age of twelve, when he decided to focus solely on tennis.[8] At fourteen, he became the national champion of all groups in Switzerland and was chosen to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Écublens. He joined the ITF junior tennis circuit in July 1996.[9] In 1998, his final year as a junior, Federer won the junior Wimbledon title and was recognized as the ITF World Junior Tennis champion of the year.[10] He also won the under 18s category at the prestigious Orange Bowl.[11]

ITF Junior Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

W–L at junior circuit finals
2–1 Category GA
0–0 Category G1
3–0 Category G2
Result No. Date  Category  Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1 11 May 1997 Category G2 Prato International Junior Tournament, Italy Clay  Luka Kutanjac (CRO) 6–4, 6–0
Winner 2 14 January 1998 Category G2 Victoria Junior Championship, Australia Hard  Julien Jeanpierre (FRA) 6–4, 6–4
Winner 3 13 April 1998 Category G2 City of Florence International Tournament, Italy Clay  Filippo Volandri (ITA) 7–6, 6–3
Winner 4 5 July 1998 Category GA Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass  Irakli Labadze (GEO) 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1 13 September 1998 Category GA US Open, United States Hard  David Nalbandian (ARG) 3–6, 5–7
Winner 5 5 July 1998 Category GA Orange Bowl, United States Hard  Guillermo Coria (ARG) 7–5, 6–3

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

W–L at junior circuit finals
1–0 Category GA
1–0 Category G1
0–2 Category G2
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1 11 May 1997 Category G2 Prato International Junior Tournament, Italy Clay  Jun Kato (JPN)  Maxim Belski (BLR)
 Tomas Hajek (CZE)
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2 13 April 1998 Category G2 City of Florence International Tournament, Italy Clay  Jun Kato (JPN)  Filippo Volandri (ITA)
 Urus Vico (ITA)
3–6, 1–6
Winner 1 26 June 1998 Category G1 LTA International Junior Championships, United Kingdom Grass  Olivier Rochus (BEL)  Michaël Llodra (FRA)
 Andy Ram (ISR)
3–6, 6–4, 7–5
Winner 2 5 July 1998 Category GA Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass  Olivier Rochus (BEL)  Michaël Llodra (FRA)
 Andy Ram (ISR)
6–4, 6–4

All matches[edit]

Match Tournament Country Start
date
Entry Type I/O Surface Round Opponent Result Score
1 Swiss Junior Tournament Switzerland 7/15/1996 WC JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Lukas Rhomberg (AUT) W 6–1, 6–0
2 Swiss Junior Tournament Switzerland 7/15/1996 WC JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Marc–Olivier Baron (FRA) W 7–6, 6–3
3 Swiss Junior Tournament Switzerland 7/15/1996 WC JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Nathan Healey (AUS) L 7–6, 4–6, 4–6
7 World Youth Cup Final Switzerland 9/10/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) W 4–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4
8 World Youth Cup Final Switzerland 9/10/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Febi Widhiyanto (INA) L 5–7, 7–5, 5–7
9 World Youth Cup Final Switzerland 9/10/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Vijay Kannan (IND) W 6–0, 7–6(7–4)
10 World Youth Cup Final Switzerland 9/10/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Nahuel Fracassi (ITA) W 3–6, 6–3, 6–1
14 Sunshine Cup USA 12/12/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Petr Kralert (CZE) L 6–1, 0–6, 1–6
15 Sunshine Cup USA 12/12/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Adrian Garcia (CHI) W 5–7, 6–2, 6–2
16 Sunshine Cup USA 12/12/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Balazs Vaci (HUN) L 5–7, 2–6
17 Sunshine Cup USA 12/12/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Clay RR Han–Hui Tsai (TPE) W 6–3, 6–0
18 Casablance Cup Qualifying Mexico 12/18/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Angel Garcia–Lopez (MEX) W 6–0, 6–1
19 Casablance Cup Qualifying Mexico 12/18/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Jonathan Hauswaldt (MEX) W 6–1, 6–1
20 Casablance Cup Qualifying Mexico 12/18/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Gilberto Gutierrez (MEX) W 6–1, 6–1
21 Casablanca Cup Mexico 12/22/1996 QF JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Mathias Schwarzler (AUT) W 6–3, 4–2, RET
22 Casablanca Cup Mexico 12/22/1996 QF JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Sebastien Aickele (GER) L 6–7, 6–3, 5–7
23 Coffee Bowl Qualifying Costa Rica 12/28/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Bye W  
24 Coffee Bowl Qualifying Costa Rica 12/28/1996 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Carlos Vargas (PAN) W 6–2, 2–6, 6–0
25 Coffee Bowl Costa Rica 12/30/1996 QF JUN Outdoor Hard R128 Bye W  
26 Coffee Bowl Costa Rica 12/30/1996 QF JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Federico Cardinali (ARG) W 6–1, 6–1
27 Coffee Bowl Costa Rica 12/30/1996 QF JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Diego Ayala (USA) L 4–6, 1–6
28 International Junior Championships of Venezuela Venezuela 1/6/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R128 Goran Sterijovksi (MKD) W 6–3, 4–6, 6–1
29 International Junior Championships of Venezuela Venezuela 1/6/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Jerome Haehnel (FRA) L 2–6, 4–6
30 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 3/24/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Davide Bramanti (ITA) L 4–6, 6–3, 6–7
31 Prato International Junior Tournament Italy 5/5/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Giunior Ghedina (ITA) W 6–2, 6–0
32 Prato International Junior Tournament Italy 5/5/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Lovro Zovko (CRO) W 6–4, 6–2
33 Prato International Junior Tournament Italy 5/5/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Julien Jeanpierre (FRA) W 6–3, 6–0
34 Prato International Junior Tournament Italy 5/5/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay Q Haris Basalic (BIH) W 6–3, 7–6
35 Prato International Junior Tournament Italy 5/5/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay S Ivan Beros (CRO) W 6–2, 6–3
36 Prato International Junior Tournament Italy 5/5/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay F Luka Kutanjac (CRO) W 6–4, 6–0
37 Italian Junior Championships, Qualifying Italy 5/17/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Diego de Vecchis (ITA) W 6–4, 1–6, 7–6
38 Italian Junior Championships, Qualifying Italy 5/17/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Davor Grgic (CRO) W 6–1, 3–6, 6–2
39 Italian Junior Championships, Qualifying Italy 5/17/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Tomas Zivincek (GER) W 3–6, 6–0, 6–3
40 Italian Junior Championships Italy 5/19/1997 QF JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Wesley Whitehouse (RSA) W 6–3, 6–3
41 Italian Junior Championships Italy 5/19/1997 QF JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Filip Aniola (POL) W 5–7, 6–4, 7–5
42 Italian Junior Championships Italy 5/19/1997 QF JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Nicolas Massu (CHI) W 6–2, 4–6, 6–2
43 Italian Junior Championships Italy 5/19/1997 QF JUN Outdoor Clay Q Rodolfo Rake (PER) L 1–6, 4–6
68 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships USA 12/8/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R128 Bye W  
69 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships USA 12/8/1997 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Edgardo Massa (ARG) L 3–6, 4–6
70 Victorian Junior Championships Australia 1/9/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Adam Carey (AUS) W 6–4, 6–2
71 Victorian Junior Championships Australia 1/9/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Mathias Rekate (GER) W 6–1, 6–0
72 Victorian Junior Championships Australia 1/9/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Sadik Kadir (AUS) W 7–5, 6–1
73 Victorian Junior Championships Australia 1/9/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard Q Olivier Rochus (BEL) W 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
74 Victorian Junior Championships Australia 1/9/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard S Kristian Pless (DEN) W 6–2, 6–2
75 Victorian Junior Championships Australia 1/9/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard F Julien Jeanpierre (FRA) W 6–4, 6–4
76 Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships Australia 1/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Dino Dattoli (AUS) W 6–4, 3–6, 6–3
77 Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships Australia 1/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 David Martin (USA) W 6–4, 6–2
78 Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships Australia 1/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Olivier Rochus (BEL) W 6–1, 7–6
79 Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships Australia 1/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard Q Christian–Michael Straka (GER) W 6–1, 6–3
80 Australian Hardcourt Junior Championships Australia 1/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard S Julien Jeanpierre (FRA) L 1–6, 4–6
81 Australian Open Junior Championships Australia 1/26/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Nicholas McDonald (RSA) W 6–3, 6–3
82 Australian Open Junior Championships Australia 1/26/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Filippo Volandri (ITA) W 6–4, 6–4
83 Australian Open Junior Championships Australia 1/26/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Dino Dattoli (AUS) W 6–3, 6–3
84 Australian Open Junior Championships Australia 1/26/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard Q Olivier Rochus (BEL) W 7–5, 6–4
85 Australian Open Junior Championships Australia 1/26/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard S Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) L 6–4, 5–7, 5–7
91 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 4/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Timo Nieminen (FIN) W 6–1, 6–1
92 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 4/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Dominik Meffert (GER) W 6–4, 6–7, 7–6
93 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 4/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Luben Pampoulov (AUT) W 6–2, 6–4
94 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 4/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay Q Stefan Wauters (BEL) W 6–2, 6–1
95 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 4/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay S Kristian Pless (DEN) W 7–6, 6–3
96 City of Florence International Tournament Italy 4/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay F Filippo Volandri(ITA) W 7–6, 6–3
98 Italian Junior Championships Italy 5/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Flavio Saretta (BRA) W 7–5, 6–1
99 Italian Junior Championships Italy 5/18/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Jerome Haehnel (FRA) L 6–4, 5–7, 2–6
100 Belgian International Junior Championships Belgium 5/25/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Bye W  
101 Belgian International Junior Championships Belgium 5/25/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Andy Ram (ISR) W 6–1, 6–3
102 Belgian International Junior Championships Belgium 5/25/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Simone Amorico (USA) W 6–2, 6–3
103 Belgian International Junior Championships Belgium 5/25/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay Q Bob Borella (DEN) L 4–6, RET
104 International Junior Championships of France France 5/31/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) L 4–6, 7–5, 7–9
105 LTA International Junior Championships Great Britain 6/21/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass R64 Jakub Hasek (CZE) W 4–6, 7–6, 6–3
106 LTA International Junior Championships Great Britain 6/21/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass R32 Lee Childs (GBR) W 6–1, 6–4
107 LTA International Junior Championships Great Britain 6/21/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass R16 Edgardo Massa (ARG) W 6–4, 7–5
108 LTA International Junior Championships Great Britain 6/21/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass Q Philipp Mullner (AUT) W 6–1, 7–6
109 Italian Junior Championships Great Britain 6/21/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass S Taylor Dent (USA) L 6–7, 6–4, 3–6
110 The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain 6/27/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass R64 Philip Langer (AUT) W 6–0, 6–2
111 The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain 6/27/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass R32 Andrej Kracman (SLO) W 7–6, 6–3
112 The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain 6/27/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass R16 Jerome Haehnel (FRA) W 6–4, 6–4
113 The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain 6/27/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass Q David Sherwood (GBR) W 7–6, 6–2
114 The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain 6/27/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass S Lovro Zovko (CRO) W 7–5, 6–2
115 The Junior Championships, Wimbledon Great Britain 6/27/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Grass F Irakli Labadze (GEO) W 6–4, 6–4
117 European Closed Junior Championships Switzerland 7/20/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R128 Bye W  
118 European Closed Junior Championships Switzerland 7/20/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R64 Florin Nedelcu (ROU) W 6–1, 6–1
119 European Closed Junior Championships Switzerland 7/20/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R32 Philipp Mullner (AUT) W 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
120 European Closed Junior Championships Switzerland 7/20/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay R16 Lazar Magdincev (MKD) W 6–2, 6–2
121 European Closed Junior Championships Switzerland 7/20/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay Q Kristian Pless (DEN) W 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
122 European Closed Junior Championships Switzerland 7/20/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Clay S Feliciano López (ESP) L 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
124 US Open Junior Championships USA 9/6/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Boris Bachert (GER) W 6–2, 6–2
125 US Open Junior Championships USA 9/6/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Philip Langer (AUT) W 6–3, 6–2
126 US Open Junior Championships USA 9/6/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Olivier Rochus (BEL) W 6–2, 7–5
127 US Open Junior Championships USA 9/6/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard Q Jerome Haehnel (FRA) W 7–5, 3–6, 6–1
128 US Open Junior Championships USA 9/6/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard S Kristian Pless (DEN) W 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
129 US Open Junior Championships USA 9/6/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard F David Nalbandian (ARG) L 3–6, 5–7
130 Toulouse Qualifying France 9/26/1998 DA TE Indoor Hard R32 Marcello Wowk (ARG) W 7–6, 6–2
131 Toulouse Qualifying France 9/26/1998 DA TE Indoor Hard R16 Alex Radulescu (GER) W 7–6, 7–6
132 Toulouse Qualifying France 9/26/1998 DA TE Indoor Hard Q Olivier Delaitre (FRA) W 6–4, 6–4
153 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships USA 11/30/1998 DA JUN   Hard R64 Matias Boeker (ARG) W 6–0, 7–6
154 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships USA 11/30/1998 DA JUN   Hard R32 Andrew McDade (RSA) W 6–2, 6–2
155 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships USA 11/30/1998 DA JUN   Hard R16 Eric Prodon (FRA) L 4–6, 6–3, 3–6
156 Sunshine Cup USA 12/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard RR Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) W 6–2, 6–3
157 Sunshine Cup USA 12/8/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard RR Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) W 7–6, 6–4
158 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships USA 12/13/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R64 Raimonds Sproga (LAT) W 5–7, 7–6, 6–0
159 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships USA 12/13/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R32 Jürgen Melzer (AUT) W 6–3, 6–1
160 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships USA 12/13/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard R16 Ivan Cinkus (CRO) W 6–0, 6–1
161 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships USA 12/13/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard Q Ricardo Mello (BRA) W 7–5, 6–4
162 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships USA 12/13/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard S David Nalbandian (ARG) W 6–4, 6–2
163 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships USA 12/13/1998 DA JUN Outdoor Hard F Guillermo Coria (ARG) W 7–5, 6–3

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