The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer

Twelve. Aug. 2021. 432p. ISBN 9781538719268. $30. SPORTS
Although many articles have been written about tennis champ Roger Federer (b. 1981), this new biography could easily become the definitive book-length treatment. Sports journalist Clarey (the New York Times tennis correspondent) takes readers inside Federer’s world and provides a fascinating, complete portrait of the athlete that clearly demonstrates how and why he has become a tennis superstar. Readers will get a front-row seat, with play-by-play calls, to some of Federer’s most historic matches, both exhilarating and agonizing. Clarey also offers a glimpse inside Federer’s mind, showing how his relationships (with family, friends, etc.) have cemented his being called, by many, the most complete tennis player in modern history. Clarey has won awards for his reporting and his even-handed coverage of sports, earning him the trust of many modern sports figures; his well-researched work is based on a number of candid interviews with current and former tennis stars who have competed against Federer throughout his extensive career, among other primary sources.
VERDICT This comprehensive portrait will thrill tennis fans and will also draw in and capture readers unfamiliar with Federer or professional tennis. An essential addition to sports and biography collections.
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