A major biography of the greatest men’s tennis player of the modern era.
Other biographies of Roger Federer have been written, but none have had the same level of access to the man himself, his support team, and the game’s most prominent figures, including rivals Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Roddick.In The Master, New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey sits down with Federer and his closest associates to tell the story of men’s tennis’ greatest player.
Roger Federer has made it look remarkably simple over the years, 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 transformation from a rambunctious, bleach-blond teen with questionable fashion sense to one of the best, most self-assured, and elegant competitors has been a long-running act of will, not fate. He didn’t just have a great talent. He was a tenacious individual.
Federer has been covered by Christopher Clarey, one of the best international sportswriters working today, since the beginning of his professional career. He was present at Federer’s first Grand Slam match on the Suzanne Lenglen Court in Paris, and he has interviewed him exclusively more than any other journalist since his rise to prominence. Clarey reports from South Africa, South America, the Middle East, four Grand Slam tournaments, and Federer’s native Switzerland, focusing on the pivotal people, places, and moments in Federer’s long and illustrious career.It’s been a journey unlike any other, replete with victories and a few heartbreaking defeats, one that has redefined enduring excellence and cemented Federer’s status as a sentimental favorite around the world.
In a way that no one else could, The Master tells the story of Federer’s life and career on both a personal and a grand scale.