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The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection

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Regarded by many as the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport, this authoritative biography is based on many exclusive interviews with Federer and his family as well as the author's experience covering the international tennis circuit for many years. Completely comprehensive, it provides an informed account of the Swiss tennis star from his early days as a ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 25th 2007 by New Chapter Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It's a book about Federer, what's not to like?
Arindam Mallick
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nobody expected greatness from Roger Federereven in Switzerland. When he first appeared on the scene, he was overshadowed by the success of Hingis, who just became a major force in womens tennis. When he was on his way to becoming the worlds best junior, Hingis, his senior by just 312 days, was already at her zenith. She won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 1997 and took center stageespecially in Switzerland. Why should one be at all concerned about Federer, a talented junior with an ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I discovered this book when I was in a cafe sometime back, attending a book club meeting. I have never seen a biography of Roger Federer before and so I was excited. I asked the cafe manager whether I could borrow it and he was kind enough to lend it to me.

René Stauffer's 'The Roger Federer Story : Quest For Perfection' was probably the first Roger Federer biography to come out. I am sure there are more which have been published since. It was first published in German in 2006, as 'Das Tennis
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Maybe i would have enjoyed it better if there would not be so many pages about the titles that he won but instead the detailed story behind, his words after winning or loosing a big title. This book only has a fee statements from Roger.
For thouse that expect many details about personal life... You can just forget it, this isn't the book, you have a few pages but that's it.
Alina Maria Ciobanu
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed finding out more about how Roger Federer transitioned from an impulsive teenager that smashed rackets on the tennis court to the gentleman he is today.
Tony Kao
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the life of the Tennis Player Roger Federer. Like most biographies, the story starts from introducing the background of the life of Roger Federer.He was born in Switzerland and was introduced to tennis by his parents at a young age. It was said in the book that he struggled a lot during his childhood. Switzerland is a country with four official languages.Roger Federer was born in the part were English was mostly spoken. But had to move to a German spoken part of the country to ...more
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
I love Federer but this book was fairly mundane and I don't feel like I gained new perspective on Federer. Stauffer seems to be clearly a reporter who is struggling to adapt to long form works like this. I also had just finished reading Playing for Keeps and knowing Halberstam's background as a historian is what gave birth to my theory about Stauffer struggling to write a compelling story. If you love tennis read it because it's a fairly simple/quick read.
Cate (The Professional Fangirl)
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A good biography of my favorite tennis player. I'm a huge fan of Federer so it's not like I haven't known this-and-that about him before reading this book but it was nice to read it in book form and not Wikipedia or some website.

It is a good addition to a fan's collection.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this yet, but I definitely will. This guy is a legend, and the greatest Tennis player of all time. I can't wait to read about my idol. GO ROGER FEDERER! 16 grand - slams, and counting.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
the quotes and pics, everything about Roger is peRFect!
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this just being a federer fan. Much more could have been done with book instead of just describing each and every match. If you dont watch tennis you will get bored by midway
Ashish Gupta
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aspire higher, fall flat and then rise again to greater success. If you wanna learn how to handle success, then Federers story might be the one to look upto.

I dont follow tennis, but wanted to read about Federer since his last years Wimbledon victory. And Rene Stauffer doesnt disappoint in the journey since Rogers birth till the 2007 season. This biography of the legend keeps you gripped like a fiction write-up. Even if you dont know much about tennis, Stauffer has explained the nitty- gritties.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
You will learn every detail about Federer games from this book, ever score, every opponent that he had until 2007. But in my opinion that is the problem with this book, there are a lot of fact's and some sort of clippings from interviews or statements after games and there is not real story.

The last 50 pages of the book are more like a biography and I tough that this part will be interesting, but again there are parts of statements from other people who said some things for Federer. And a lot of
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This book gives a detailed and accurate portrayal of the career of Roger Federer. As an avid reader and tennis player I thoroughly enjoyed it. Before reading this book, I was unaware of Federer's temper as a junior, but yes, Roger was once like the rest of us. I was also impressed with Roger's ability to give back to the game after all it has given him.
Maria Mihaltan
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Probably the biggest injustice Federer ever received. It's a dull book, more like a chronicle, than a biography or a story of his life. I'm a big tennis fan and I read few biographies so far, but maaaan, this was so boring! And it was the style of writing and the structure which made finishing it a quest itself. The subject, remains - The Greatest of All Time :D
Vitor Senna de Faria
A good book but not extraordinary.

Read the book about Gustavo Kuerten about 2 years ago and it was a lot better, maybe because Guga's book was an autobiography so it had more insights.
Diana Ciontoș
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story! Great human! ☺ ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Could have written more about later phase of his career. But definitely a worth read to know the humble beginnings of this great player.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textual-lineages
Roger Federer, as you know, is probably the best player in the world at tennis. Although he is so good at playing tennis now, I learned that he really had to make a lot of efforts to accomplish many things before being world number one. I enjoyed reading the book Roger Federer Quest For Perfection for three reasons.

First of all I really learned things I didn't know about Roger Federer's life. One example is on page 11 it writes, "Negative emotions also often took control of him on the court.
Khanifudin Efendi
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm not an Fedex fans, but i really enjoyed to read this biography book. Right now, fedex is the best ever male tennis player with 15 tittles grandslam from 4 kind different surface. So, even i always support Rafa:-), Roger is absolutely the best!

coz i readed this book in Bahasa translation, so this is my review :

"Melihat roger sekarang mungkin kita tidak pernah membayangkan beratnya perjuangan dia sampai ke top level ini. Sekarang sepertinya begitu mudah bagi dia untuk merebut gelar juara di
Omar Makhlouf
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Book I read was Roger Federer quest for perfection, this book talks about Federers tennis career from his childhood until Wimbledon 2007.This book is a very good book because it talks about how federers young coach found talent in him. The only problem for me reading this book was its too much detail inside that doesnt matter.
Rene Stauffer the author of the book provided very good biography of roger federer from the beginning of his career till Wimbledon. He gave us great quotes by other
Eduard Omusoru
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sport
I think that the fact there are a lot of details about it's ascending, titles, numbers, game sets and so on, it made it kind of a boring. I would liked to read 100 pages less, but to have 'the quality' apreciate by Federer.
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Dec 04, 2015 is currently reading it
In her nonfiction novel, "The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection", author Rene Stauffer informs her readers about the world's greatest tennis player, Roger Federer, and all of his achievements. Stauffer develops this information by explaining his childhood, describing his hard work that led up to his success, and providing examples of everything that he has accomplished, "This Swiss tennis star from his early days as a temperamental player on the junior circuit, through his early ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Genre: Biography

Right from the start Roger Federer was good at sports. He played soccer, basketball, ping pong, and most importantly, tennis. By the age of 11 he was very serious about tennis, practicing many hours a day and doing well in tournaments. Here was a boy that truly hated to lose, and that stays true to him today. Roger Federer went from a tempered, immature boy, to the greatest tennis player the game has ever seen.

This book is amazing. I love it, not because of how deep it goes into
Alexander Chiu
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this biography on Roger Federer. From this book I learned many facts about his career and life as a professional tennis player. From the book I learned life lessons about treating others kindly as well as giving your best effort in everything you do to become successful. Author Rene Stauffer used quotes from the book to give details about the moments in the book that occurred while Federer was playing in tournaments across the world. Roger has always strived for greatness and ...more
Daniel Mejia
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is a really good and complete biography of Roger Federer. It shows the life of the tennis player when he was only a kid. It shows the way he acted when he was just a junior and he was starting his professional tennis career. This book is a really interesting biography because it does not only shows the life Federer but it shows the opinion of the closest people around him. Federer has been one of the most important players sin 1968 which is considered the beginning of the ...more
This is a factually-comprehensive book on Federer's career and his rise to the top of the tennis world. It's a great read for anyone who's interested in the great tennis champion. However, I would have liked more insight on him as a person, especially the very intriguing issue of how he overcame the problem he had with his foul temper on court when he was a junior. That said, this is probably the most comprehensive biography on Federer that's available right now; in that regard, this book is ...more
Sandeep Tare
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
From the very beginning, Roger was in the quest for perfection. He lost so much in the beginning because he always tried making the impossible shots, however difficult his situation may have been. Piece by piece, he started perfecting all aspects of his game. And when the last piece "clicked" into place, he started winning everything in sight.

His humility, his attitude towards lesser players, towards the game and life in general is noteworthy! He can be a great role model for all upcoming sports
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Must read for all Roger fans. Interesting snippets about his life, life in general as a tennis pro and all the hard work and sacrifice that went in to make the greatest champion the game has ever seen! Best part is the admiration he received and continues to receive from former tennis greats and peers alike...unmatched! Nice read....Rene Stauffer should follow it up with a complete version once Federer hangs up his racquet!
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a in depth look at Roger Federer's early career (since the book was published in 2006) and it was really interesting to see how he went from being a talented junior player to number one in the world.

I also enjoyed reading about how other players and commentators view Fed-Ex.

It's been translated from German so sometimes the language is a bit clunky, not all understandable. A good read for Federer fans.
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