The Nadal vs Federer "Match for Africa" in 2010 in Zurich and Madrid raised more than million for the Roger Federer Foundation and Fundación Rafa Nadal.In January 2011, Federer took part in an exhibition, Rally for Relief, to raise money for the victims of the Queensland floods.He grew up in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen, and then Münchenstein, close to the French and German borders and speaks Swiss German, Standard German, English and French fluently, as well as functional Italian and Swedish, Swiss German being his native language.Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces.After turning professional in 1998, he was continuously ranked in the top ten from October 2002 to November 2016.He re-entered the top ten through his victory at the 2017 Australian Open.He received the title in recognition for his role in increasing the international reputation of Basel and Switzerland, and also his engagement for children in Africa through his charitable foundation.In addition, Federer lost the US Open Junior final in 1998 to David Nalbandian.
The proceeds went to the victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Given these achievements, many players and analysts consider Federer the greatest tennis player of all time.
Among Federer's other ATP tournament records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, and 19 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments.
However, in 2003 he was ruled "unsuitable" and was subsequently not required to fulfill his military obligation.
Federer is married to former Women's Tennis Association player Mirka Federer.