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The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection Hardcover – June 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942257391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942257397
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"It's useful for me. . . . I am often asked about events in his career. . . . Now, I know where I can look them up."  —Lynette Federer, Roger Federer's mother and a member of the Roger Federer Foundation council, in Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland)



"A biography that qualifies as a Federer encyclopedia. . . . A must for every tennis fan."  —Schweizer Famiie magazine (Zurich)



"It’s accessible and sketches out his career development very logically. At the same time, it throws in enough about his personality and the rest of his life to flesh out the tale without turning it into it a flabby puff-piece."  —Tennis.com



"It's a virtual encyclopedia of Federer's career. There's material in there I've not seen anywhere else. Fantastic."  —South Florida Sun-Sentinel



"It could have easily been called the Encyclopedia Federer."  —Tennisreporters.net

About the Author

Rene Stauffer has covered the professional tennis circuit for many years and is one of the world's leading tennis journalists.

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Customer Reviews

It is easy to read and full of details and anecdotes .
Patricia Jimmy
I've never given a negative review before on a book but couldn't help myself on this one.
S. Monroe
Parents of young tennis players will learn much about the development of a young player.
T.Meyer Prescott

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Simon Withers on January 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a waste of a tree. This book is little more than a narrative of Roger Federer's travel movements and his match scores. Most of it could have been written using the ATP fixtures and match results. The rest could have been gathered from internet news searches.

Despite describing himself as "one of the world's leading tennis journalists", René Stauffer offers little personal insight into Roger Federer, man or tennis player. Nor has there been any substantial research into the views of people who know him well enough to provide such insight.

Federer has stable personal life and he is not a party animal, so there is no expectation by the reader of great revelations in this area. But there are some things the reader of a tennis biography would like to know, such as:

* Why did Federer use a single-handed backhand when most players of his generation use a double-handed back-hand?

* How did he develop that balletic and devastating forehand?

* Did he naturally have great footwork or did he (or someone else) decide to develop it?

* Who taught him to serve that way?

* How has he changed or developed his groundstrokes over the years?

* When does he try to hit a winner?

* What tactics does he use against different opponents?

And so on.

And what was he trying to do in those big matches? What makes Federer tick? This is the essence of biography.

Obviously Federer himself will not reveal his thinking and tactics, but one would expect one of the "world's leading tennis journalists" to provide some analysis - or to get it from others.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T.Meyer Prescott on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid tennis fan, and have read many books about the game,and its players. The new Roger Federer book by Rene Stauffer, is one of the best I've seen in recent years. Most tennis books are either dull or overblown with the importance of their subject. Stauffer's book, however is a fascinating account of the young Federer's emergence from a tennis brat to a mature and gracious champion.
The book is extremely well-written, and is in fact a literate account of Federer's growth as a player and a person.
Parents of young tennis players will learn much about the development of a young player.
It would be interesting if Stauffer wrote another book about Federer, after he has finished his career,as arguably tennis' best player ever.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Carter on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on the recommendation of Chris Fowler from the ESPN broadcast of Wimbledon and it arrived the day after Roger's win at Wimbledon. The book is full of fun and interesting stories about Roger as a junior player, as well as a pro with interesting insight on his game, his personality, his reasonings for his coaching changes and what drives him. It is a great educational book for tennis fans or those remotely interested in the sport. I loved the story about how Roger had to clean toilets for a week!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Auberginia on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I downloaded this book onto my Kindle but after two chapters I deleted it for good. It reads like a collection of newspaper clippings, offering no insight into Federer as a person or the world of progessional tennis. It could have been put together by a 10 year old who doesn't know how to write English.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith on July 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is basically a regurgitation of almost every tennis match Roger has played in, with the odd personal ancedote thrown in. There are statements about his character and personality with little information to back it up.

I wanted to gain a better understanding of who Roger was and how he came to be at the pinnacle of his profession, from the standpoint of his athletic gifts, his personality/character and environment. (That is what the name and book jacket desription led me to believe I would find in the book.) There needed to be more information and analysis of these things.

I could have learned more about Roger from a google search.

This book is poorly written and poorly translated. Many of the adjectives were odd in the context of the sentence they were being used in. Some of Mr. Stauffer's descriptions of the tennis world and the people in it, as they related to Roger, were very simplistic, as if he was writing for a 10 year old audience.

One is left with a very one dimensional view of Roger. Perhaps Roger was unwilling to reveal more personal information which would have given the reader a better understanding of the whys and wherefores in his journey to the top
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Oh on May 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book for my son and all of us ended up reading it. The book has all of the scores from Roger's matches, but more importantly, I thought it did a good job of explaining how he got past his temper tantrums. He is still very emotional (he is so devoted to tennis), but when he is on the court he is entirely professional and that's what young players need to do, to control their emotions, to have their emotions work for them, in order to play their best tennis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Fonseca on July 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The writer himself had the hinesty to say, in the preface, that the Federer family did not think it was the right time to write a biography about a man still building his legend and not retired from the sport.

That sais, this book was a big, I mean HUGE, dissapointment. It's nothing more thatn a fan declaration of love for Federer, with almost no insight into the man himself and with a lot notes cited from interviews in other magazines. A typical below-par unauthorized biography.

I unfortunately lost my time reading this one.
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