Roger Federer is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport.  Winner of 17 Grand Slam events, including a record eight Wimbledon titles, the Swiss native is renowned not only for his unsurpassed technique but for his grace under pressure. No matter the circumstances, Federer is the master of cool and impossible to rattle. Yet it wasn’t always that way.

Early in his career, Roger Federer was a temperamental nightmare. Confronted by either a blown point or what he considered to be a bad call by the line judge, Federer would consistently lose his poise, glare, curse, even throw his racket.  The result was a string of lost matches and rising frustration.

Asked about his youthful antics, the tennis star said: “It was bad. My parents told me to stop it or they wouldn’t come along with me to my tournaments anymore. I had to calm down but that was an extremely long process. I believe I was looking for perfection too early. Back then I wanted to show everybody what I was capable of, the difficult strokes I had mastered.”

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