What nationality is Roger Federer?


He’s accidentally wearing his country’s colours (Picture: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Today, Roger Federer is taking on his old foe Rafael Nadal, in a match that will be captivating the world.

The tennis haven’t clashed at Wimbledon in 11 years, when Federer was beaten by Spaniard Nadal 9-7.

It was Federer’s chance to bag his sixth Wimbledon win, but he was pipped to the post by the first-time winner in what’s been widely regarded as one of the greatest matches of all time.

Although you may know plenty about his time on the court, analysing his serves and groundstroke, what do you know about his life away from tennis?

Many people aren’t aware of where he’s actually from, given that it’s rare for tennis stars to play on behalf of their country.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Roger Federer was born in the trendy city of Basel in Switzerland.

His father was of Swiss and German descent, and his mother is a South African, with Afrikaner descent.

Due to this, he has dual nationality, and could hold either passport if he wished. He speaks a number of languages, including Swiss German, standard German, English, and French.

Mirka Federer with three of the couple’s children (Picture: Greg Watts/REX

It seems that he’s fairly set on where he was born, however, as he supports FC Basel and supports the Swiss National football team. He also now resides in Bottmingen in Switzerland (when he’s not on the road, of course).

The 37-year-old is married to former Swiss tennis player Mirka Federer (nee Vavrinec), and their two sets of twins – two girls and two boys – were born in the country.

From time to time, the tennis pro is nicknamed the Swiss Maestro, which is somewhat less clever than FedEx, but sweet nonetheless.

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