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World number one Roger Federer seems to be living upto his billing as tournament favourite at the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam event. The Swiss tennis pro swept aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals to set up a title clash with Brit Andy Murray on Sunday. Federer, seeking his fourth Australian title, hopes to reverse his tear-filled exit from last year's final when he was beaten by Rafael Nadal for the left-handed Spaniard's first hard-court title. (Agencies)

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Federer, considered by many sports analysts, tennis critics, former and current players to be the greatest tennis player of all time, was born on August 8, 1981 in Binningen, near Basel, to Swiss national Robert Federer and South Africa-born Lynette Du Rand. He holds both Swiss and South African citizenship. (Wikipedia)
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He grew up in suburban Münchenstein, near Basel, close to the French-German borders and Federer speaks Swiss German, German, French and English fluently. (Wikipedia)
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He was raised as a Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome. Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. However, in 2003 he was deemed unfit due to a long-standing back problem and was subsequently not required to fulfill his obligations. In this picture (L-R) Federer's father Robert, mother Lynettee and girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec watch on as Pete Sampras and Roger Federer of Switzerland play during their exhibition match on March 10, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Federer married Vavrinec in 2009. (Wikipedia)
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Federer was four years old when Boris Becker – his childhood idol – won his first Wimbledon title in 1985. From then on, Federer watched "tennis matches on television for hours on end." In this picture: Roger Federer in 1992 as a Junior at the TC Old Boys. (Wikipedia) (Photo Courtesy: Tennis Club Old Boys Basel)
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