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Roger Federer (German pronunciation: [ˈrɔdʒər ˈfeːdərər]; born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles—the most in history for a male player—and has held the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record total of 303 weeks, including a stretch of 237 consecutive weeks between February 2004 and August 2008. After turning professional in 1998, he was continuously ranked in the top ten from October 2002 to November 2016. He re-entered the top ten following his victory at the 2017 Australian Open. Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, a record six Australian Open titles, a record five consecutive US Open titles, and one French Open title. He is one of eight men to have captured a career Grand Slam. Federer has reached a record 30 men's singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open. Federer has won 97 career titles, including six ATP World Tour Finals, 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000, and 20 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments. Given these achievements, many players and analysts consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time, with some calling him the greatest athlete of his generation. Federer's all-court game and versatile style of play involves exceptional footwork and shot-making. Effective both as a base-liner and a volleyer, his apparent effortlessness and efficient movement on the court has made Federer highly popular among his fans. He has been voted by his peers to receive the tour Sportsmanship Award a record thirteen times, and voted by fans to receive the ATP Fans' Favorite award for fifteen consecutive years. Federer has been named the Swiss Sports Personality of the Year a record seven times. He has been named ATP Player of the Year and ITF World Champion five times, and won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for a record four consecutive years, from 2005 to 2008. He is also the only individual to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times.