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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET
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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET

FRENCH OPEN, 2009

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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION OUTFIT AND RACKET
FRENCH OPEN, 2009
The shirt: signed ‘Roger Federer’ (upper left), with orange ‘RF’ logo (centre), by Nike
The jacket: signed ‘Roger Federer’ (centre right), with stitched ‘RF’ logo (upper right) and a stitched silver ‘14’ (on the reverse), the jacket a promotional version created for Roger to celebrate his victory, by Nike
The sneakers (Photo Match to semi-final): each signed ‘Roger Federer’ (on the side), with stitched orange ‘RF’ (on the heel and tongue), by Nike
The belt: signed ‘Roger Federer’ with printed ‘RF’ logo (on the buckle), by Nike
The shorts: by Nike
The racket (Photo Match to quarter-final): signed ‘Roger Federer’ on the grip, with printed ‘Roger Federer’ autograph on the frame, K Factor Six.One Tour by Wilson

We are extremely grateful to Gerard Starkey, Co-Founder of SAAS (Sports Authority Authentication Services), for his independent expert analysis and photo-matching performed on this lot.
The shirt: 29 ¼ in. (74 cm.) long; the shorts: 20 ½ in. (52 cm.) long; the jacket: 27 ½ in. (70 cm.) long; the sneakers: 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) long, the belt: 37 ¾ in. (96 cm.) long; the racket: 27 in. (68.5 cm.) long
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Specified lots are being stored at Crozier Park Royal (details below) or will be removed from Christie’s, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT by 5.00pm on the day of the sale. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. If the lot has been transferred to Crozier Park Royal, it will be available for collection from 12.00pm on the second business day following the sale. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Crozier Park Royal. All collections from Crozier Park Royal will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s, 8 King Street, it will be available for collection on any working day (not weekends) from 9.00am to 5.00pm
These lots have been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

This was my greatest victory. I can now go the rest of my career without worrying that I would never win the French Open. Id like to thank Andre Agassi for being here, the last man to win all four Grand Slams. Now I know what it really feels like.” (Roger Federer, The Guardian, 2009)

The 2009 season was one of the most momentous of Roger's career. The crowning moment and the victory that tennis fans around the globe had been anticipating, came at Roland Garros. He defeated the Swede Robin Söderling in the final, to draw level with Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slams, a record celebrated by a silver stitched '14' on the reverse of his orange and white jacket. Crucially, this win also completed Roger's historic career Grand Slam, becoming just the sixth man in history to achieve the feat.

Roger came into the season in good form, having won the U.S. Open in the autumn of 2008. However, a gruelling five-set defeat to Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open final reinforced the fact that it would be as difficult as ever to complete his Grand Slam at Roland Garros. Indeed, Roger, who had won a clay court title in Madrid heading into the French Open, looked a little uneasy in the early stages, needing all five sets to overcome Tommy Haas in the fourth round. When the news broke that four-time French Open champion Nadal had been defeated by Söderling, the pressure intensified.

Entering the semi-final against powerful Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro, Roger knew that if he could hold his nerve, the elusive French Open title was there for the taking. Del Potro put up an impressive fight but Roger proved too strong, winning in another five set thriller. On the day of the final, there would be no stopping him from fulfilling his destiny as a career Grand Slam champion. Roger was inspired, beating Söderling 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 and would go on to lift the Coupe de Mousquetaires for the first time in his career. Tears of happiness and relief were there for all to see, but Roger knew that in a fortnight’s time, he would have the chance to go one step further and surpass Sampras, on his favourite Wimbledon turf.
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