The Story Behind Roger Federer’s Customized Nike Shoes At Wimbledon

Roger Federer is marching toward his eighth Wimbledon title in London, and his shoes might be serving as good luck.

On Wednesday, the tennis star rallied from two sets down and prevailed in three nail-biting match points to beat Croatian Marin Cilic and head into the semifinals. The No.3-ranked Federer wore his new NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit sneakers, but with a special detail for Wimbledon.

On his right shoe, there is a black London skyline that features the number 7, representing his seven Wimbledon titles. Nike has been customizing Federer’s shoes for Wimbledon with his number of titles each year. He last won at the All England Club in 2012, previously winning five straight titles there from 2003-07 and then again in 2009.

Roger Federer Wimbledon 2016 Shoes
Federer’s shoes featured the London skyline and the number 7 this year.
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Roger Federer Wimbledon 2014 Shoes
Federer wearing Nike shoes with a “7” on them at the tournament in 2014.
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Roger Federer Wimbledon 2015 Shoes
Federer again wore the number 7 at the 2015 tournament.
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In 2010, Federer wore the New York City skyline on his shoes at the U.S. Open.

Roger Federer US Open 2010 Shoes
The NYC skyline was featured on Federer’s Nike sneakers during the 2010 U.S. Open.
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If Federer wins his eighth title, he’ll surpass Pete Sampras for the most Wimbledon titles in history.

Roger Federer Wimbledon Quarterfinal
The Nike star made a huge comeback at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

After his win against Cilic, Federer posted this tweet:


Federer on Friday is playing Milos Raonic in the semifinals.

Click through the gallery to see more of Roger Federer’s Nike shoes.

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