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Fantastic Federer: The Biography of the World's Greatest Tennis Player Paperback – October 28, 2007
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Chris Bowers, author of ‘Fantastic Federer’, is a European sports journalist. He provides in this book a very detailed chronicle of Federer’s rise to the top of international tennis. However, as detailed as this book may be what’s missing is the interpersonal insight that can only be provided by the subject himself.
The aforementioned books are autobiographies; by attribution self-penned (sort of). However, these personalities provide a far more intimate look at the interpersonal character and relationships that fans and most readers seek to ascertain. Without the direct involvement of Roger Federer ‘Fantastic Federer’ seems lacking in this regard.
There is certainly insight provided by interviews the author had with people who know Federer as well as information provided by the subject via remarks in media conferences or events. Nevertheless, there isn’t much revealed about the essence of the man. Too, the book (as are many when written before the conclusion of a career) doesn’t include Federer’s French Open championship or the recent Swiss Davis Championship. These absences are simply a function of timing, having been written and published before these significant occurrences.
This is a good book for the die-hard Federer fan who won’t mind wallowing in the mire of match statistics that begin as early as the subject’s teens. There’s a fair bit of minutiae that’s provided. While knowledge of these micro-economic details is not that salient to this reader, there’s enough other interesting background to keep one engaged if not enamored.
So, I do not reccomend this book.