Roger Federer, simply the most elegant tennis player of all time.
Arguably the best ever, the Swiss magician is surely one of the greats.
The star who is known for his stroke making abilities and classy style is reaching the end of his career but is it time to retire ? I think not.
With a Swiss father and South African mother, not only was he blessed with a diverse range of talents on the court but a diverse lifestyle too.
There's not much Federer hasn't achieved, and the Swiss star claimed the downs in his career brought out more love for the game than the ups.
He's won 17 grand slam singles titles. He has also won six ATP World Tour Finals and won the prestigious Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record fourth consecutive year in 2008. He has also won the most prize money by any player in tennis history.
Roger was not the best of tennis players as a youngster but he continued to pursue his tennis dream and has become one of the greatest, if not the greatest.
He once said: "When I was 12 years old, I was just horrible. My parents were ashamed to watch my matches. I would play on a court at the local club and they would watch from the balcony. They would scream, 'Be quiet' to me and I would scream back, 'Go and have a drink. Leave me alone.' Then we would drive home in a very quiet car. No one speaking to each other."
In 1998 Federer won the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior title and from then on he enjoyed success for most of the years to follow.
We ask ourselves is it time for the legend to retire but then he comes out and says if a person is winning it doesn't increase his love for the game and if a person isn't winning the same goes.
He is a true champion who has true love for the game and he will continue competing until he no longer can.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU