Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$4.19
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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

3.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$9.89 $0.01

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The bestselling author of "Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life" returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human. Hardcover | Kindle book
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942257391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942257397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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.
1 Comment 57 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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!
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By S. Monroe on February 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Love watching Roger play but hated reading this book. I did finish it hoping it would get better (it didn't) but found the writing dull and the facts just a collection of public interviews and articles. I didn't get any insight beyond what I already knew. It appears Roger didn't even have anything to do with this book. If there are any direct quotes from him to the author I don't remember them. I've never given a negative review before on a book but couldn't help myself on this one. Maybe it's also because the last book I read sucked too. (The Confession by Grisham) Here's to hoping my next one is better...
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading Agassi's Open I was happy to see this book available. I could not be upset more. This book consists of statistics and summaries of different interviews.
Nothing personal, not a single idea from Federer himself. I am sure Roger has not been interviewed a single time by the author of this book.

If you are interested of an extended wikipedia article this book maybe for you. If you want more about Fed forget it and wait until he releases a book himself.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews