The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer
  • The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer
  • The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer
  • The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer
  • The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer
ISBN: 1538719266
EAN13: 9781538719268
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 24, 2021
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
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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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   Fitting Biography for a Tennis Legend
I've read every book except one. It was easy to follow, clearly, well-researched and extremely interesting, Mr. Rule told the judge. I learned so much about Roger and it helped me better understand his rise to the top, Williams said. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
 
5
   Hard to capture the span of the genius, a useful addition to legend
I have followed Federer ever since he put my previous hero Pete Sampras to the sword in a scintillating match at Wimbledon 20 years ago. Memories flooded back of Federer's legendary career and if for nothing else that is why his book is such a winner. There were also some useful insights into what makes the man, his thinking, his ambitions and his world view.
 
3
   Very disappointing book about a fan favorite.
Like Roger, Williams has both his successes and his appreciation of his fans. This book details some of that, but spends too much time describing too many of his matches in detail and too much about his opponents and as a result there are many stretches that are too long and frankly boring.
 
5
   Takes You Inside a Champion's Journey
For serious tennis fans the mere fact that the book may not be as interesting as the pictures will make you think is an interesting read. His wife Mirka, who had played at a high level herself, was more integral to his success than I previously thought. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it takes to be the best— some luck, but mostly a lot of hard work and innate talent, he said.
 
4
   Good Book But With Dull Moments
It was released on the same day that King's autobiography, All In, was released. Stephen King's book was also widely praised. Roger Federer's biography is an interesting read for a true tennis enthusiast, but it falls short of the lofty expectations that will appeal to people outside of the tennis community and into the social fabric of America. Roger spoke too many thoughts in just one sentence, which takes away from the value of the book. In math, All In is an A+.
 
5
   Didn't want the book to end ...
Through his eyes, you can follow his life through main events - tennis and personal - of his life. As an unconditional Roger's fan, I learned different sides of him as a person and tennis player, Raymond said. It made me almost cry when I was reading the details of 2008 and 2019, he said. He is still my player and I will miss him most. He's UNIQUE, Tunick said.
 
5
   Perfect read for tennis watchers
One of the benefits of working at home is I can have Tennis Channel on in the background or for the last two weeks of ESPN. I enjoyed the book, too, said Gammerman. In his book, Fed goes over his 20 Grand Slam victories and also the ones he has lost. The team has conducted over 20 years of interviews and research. I'm a victim of recency bias, I knew about Federer-Rafa and Fed-Djokovic, but totally forgot about Fed's early rivalries with Hewitt and Safin. He also interviewed Federer, other current and former players, coaches, trainers and number crunchers. If you are a Federer fan, you will love it. I'm sending the book to my Dad, who spurred my interest in watching tennis over 20 years ago.
 
5
   Illuminating, Instructive, Insightful
Loved reading the story of one of my favorite active players in men's tennis. This book was ace at all measures, said Dr. Chester Floyd, director of the university's English department.
 
3
   You have to really like Federer...
Lots of interesting factoids, but little art in the writing or organization. Christ Claropery has injected a good deal of his views and history into this story, but it just isn't that compelling. Note the subheading of this terrible parable in the "Open" series of memoirs by Andre Agassi.
 
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