ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION SHIRTS AND SNEAKERS
ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION SHIRTS AND SNEAKERS
ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION SHIRTS AND SNEAKERS
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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION SHIRTS AND SNEAKERS

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, 2005

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ROGER FEDERER'S CHAMPION SHIRTS AND SNEAKERS
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMBLEDON, 2005
The sneakers (Photo Match to semi-final): Each signed ‘Roger Federer’ (on the side) and stitched ‘FEDERER’ (on the heel), with unique 24-carat gold droplet design, made for Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova by Nike
The shirts: Each signed ‘Roger Federer’ (upper left), by Nike

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 sneakers: 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) long; the shirts: 29 ¼ in. (74 cm.) long
Special notice

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
This lot has 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

Sampras was one of my favourite players of all time and Borg. To be in that group is very special. I hope it's not going to stop at three." (Roger Federer, The Guardian, 2005)

At the end of the 2004 season, Roger became the first player to win three Grand Slams in the same calendar year, together with the end of season ATP Masters title, where he once again defeated Lleyton Hewitt in a showpiece final. At the beginning of 2005, the tennis world was waiting to see what highs Roger could reach and whether he could prevail on clay, which was the only surface which he seemingly had yet to master.

With this challenge at the forefront of his mind, Roger hired Tony Roche as his coach, having been without a full-time coach since he had parted company with Peter Lundgren in 2003. By the time Wimbledon came around, Roche’s influence was evident in a further seven titles (in Doha, Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Hamburg and Halle), although without further Grand Slam success. Roger was defeated by Marat Safin in a five-set thriller in Melbourne at the Australian Open, losing the final set 9-7 after having failed to convert a match-point earlier in the contest. There was also further disappointment at Roland Garros, where he lost to the young sensation Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals.

A return to the All England Lawn Tennis Club in 2005, coincided with a return to the Grand Slam winners’ circle. Nicolas Kiefer proved the only player able to snatch a set from Federer’s grasp, as Roger's imperious grass court form from 12 months earlier resurfaced. Roger would once again face Andy Roddick in the final, with the American close to his peak form. Commentators were forecasting a tough battle, however Roddick was unable to trouble him as he had done in the previous year, losing 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. With this Wimbledon victory, Roger preserved his amazing record of only ever having lost one set in a Grand Slam final.

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