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Qualifying begins: 26 June

The Draw: 30 June

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:57 AM BST
Tales from the Library: Roger Federer books
Librarian Robert McNicol opens up his treasure trove of sources and picks a few of its prize possessions READ MORE

In celebration of the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library’s status in charting not only the history of The Championships but the history of lawn tennis, Librarian Robert McNicol has assembled a 13-day guide showcasing the stellar sources available. Here he explains which titles he has selected for Day 13.

A tennis champion is measured by the number of titles and trophies they accrue in their career. As he aims for a record eighth Wimbledon men's singles title, Roger Federer's statistics speak for themselves, but his sublime talent is also evident in the number and variety of books he has inspired. Librarian Robert McNicol explains why the titles below are his picks to analyse, celebrate and marvel at the artistry of the player hailed as the Greatest Of All Time

Fedegraphica: A Graphic Biography of the Genius of Roger Federer by Mark Hodgkinson (2016)An innovative graphic biography that uses detailed infographics to analyse the genius of Roger Federer. It examines his serving patterns, the speed of his shots, the spin he generates, his movement and his performance in high-pressure situations such as tiebreaks and Grand Slam finals. Beautifully illustrated, the book also includes valuable insight from Federer’s rivals and members of his inner circle.

Federer by Chris Bowers (2016)The most recent in a series of Federer biographies written by Bowers, which also includes Fantastic Federer (2006), Roger Federer: Spirit of a Champion (2009) and Roger Federer: The Greatest (2010). Bowers talks to many of the people who have shaped Federer’s career and who know him best. The book is an affectionate and analytical portrait, which examines Federer’s place in sporting history.

PseudoFed’s Guide To: Tennis and Life (2015)PseudoFed is a popular and affectionate Twitter parody account that has nearly 40,000 followers from all over the world. The Twitter handle sums up the tone: "Humble tennis player. Everybody says the best player ever and I like to agree. All opinions and tweets are #humble." A typical line in the book reads: "Mr Wimbledon has number of courts available for the little guys (other players) to play on. I only play on Centre Court although insist, on very rare occasions, that I play on No.1 Court too as little things like this keep Me humble."

Federer and Me: A Story of Obesession by William Skidelsky (2016)A unique account of one man’s fixation with Federer, the lengths he has gone to in order to follow his career, and the emotional and financial toll this has taken. Skidelsky examines what it is about Federer that provokes this devotion in him and many other fans. Is it the elegance of his game, his personality, or a combination of factors? The book is a fascinating insight into the psychology of the sports fan.

The Days of Roger Federer by Randy Walker (2014) - Split into twelve chapters, one for each month of the year, this book provides a Federer fact or piece of trivia for every single day of the calendar year. It’s a unique and innovative way of telling the story of this great champion.

Facing Federer: Symposium of a Champion by Scoop Malinowski (2013)Yet another book that takes an alternative approach to examining the career of Roger Federer. This one takes the form of interviews with more than 50 current and former players who have "faced Federer" over the course of his career. Quotes include “Roger’s Roger. He’s the greatest player of all time” (Lleyton Hewitt), “It’s always great to be with him on the court” (Tomas Berdych) and “I just enjoyed to play with this incredible person” (Denis Istomin).

Roger Federer: Portrait of an Artist by Christopher Jackson (2017)In another interesting take on Federer’s career, the author attempts to interpret Federer as an artist, who transcends tennis and sport. He considers Federer’s place in philosophy and history and tries to explain the aesthetic pleasure that many people feel while watching him play.

Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal: The Lives and Careers of Two Lawn Tennis Legends by Sebastian Fest (2016)Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal has been one of the great tennis rivalries of all time. The rivalry appeared to have passed into history until this year, when both players, having been out of the game with serious injuries, enjoyed an extraordinary renaissance. Having largely been on the losing end of the rivalry for quite some time, Federer turned the tables with victory in an epic five-set Australian Open final. He followed this up with two more victories over Nadal in Indian Wells and Miami. Many people anticipated a Federer v Nadal final at The Championships this year but Gilles Muller put paid to that.This book tells the story of their rivalry from 2004 up to 2016.


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