The Young Roger Federer [Video]
by Tom Gainey | October 26th, 2011, 12:37 pm

For a little nostalgia this Wednesday, here’s a video of Roger Federer when he was an 18-year-old junior 1998.

From the footage, the baby-faced Federer had those same smooth strokes back then as he does now.

The Swiss has been resting since his two Davis Cup victories in Australia just after the US Open. Federer, however, returns to play next week in Basel along with Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick.

Federer is already scheduled to play Monday night. He’s currently well back in 4th place in the 2011 point standings, so if Roger wants to finish in the Top 3 once again he’ll have to do well in the last three events.

On the season, Federer is 49-12 with one title (Doha) and two runner-up finishes (Dubai and French Open). In his last tournament – which seems so long ago – Federer lost in the semifinals of the US Open to Djokovic.

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9 Comments for The Young Roger Federer [Video]

alison hodge Says:

funny how roger doesnt look that different now to what he did back then,whod have thought he would go on to become the worlds greatest ever male singles tennis player,just a shame i couldnt understand a word of the video as it was not in english.

Brando Says:


I agree. I’m a rafa fan like yourself and even i got to admit that when he does retire it will be a massive loss for the game. Fed should play on until he stops he stops enjoying the game, results should not determine it.

alison hodge Says:

thanks brando yeah it will be a sad day when rogers gone rafa too,we have to enjoy them while they are still playing,win or loose,i look forward to the two of them sitting in the wimbledon studio together in the future like borg and j.mac do now,discussing the next generation.

carlo Says:

Baby Federer did show lots of talent. But it would have been crazy to predict he’d go on to win 16 slams! Can’t really say I see Federer’s level of talent in Thiem, who beat Muster, or any of the present junior winners like AO winner, Jiri Vesely. Yet, even with a few good results early, it took Federer until 2003, age 21-22 to really put it all together. So there is hope.

Best of luck to Federer in Basel!

Kimmi Says:

so much like young dimitrov.

he he, good luck in basel indeed.

grendel Says:

” Federer, however, returns to play next week in Basel along with Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick…and Kimmi”.

Yes, I too, immediately thought of Dimitrov. You’ve got to say, though, the young Federer was more beautiful…

CM Says:

Thank you so very much. I guess the day when Fed retires I shall watch more soccer. I drag that day..
Good luck in Basel Rog.

dari Says:

Didn’t see this before now.
Yes he did have the smooth strokes back then, but it looked more like sampras’ forehand than roger’s own we know today!
Also it seems like he must have hit an ugly patch between 20-25 because he looks quite beautiful/handsome here and a couple of years later he was a bit of a mess, facially.

Hope this guy gets another slam pronto!!!

alison hodge Says:

@dari yeah i agree it doesnt seem the same without federer in grand slam finals.

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