To celebrate his 30th birthday, Roger Federer delivered a video message to his legion of fans, thanking them for their "loyalty and support throughout these years as a tennis player on tour."
Federer also thanks his family and friends. And, in case you where wondering, he confirms that "the last 30 years have been absolutely fantastic for me."
Winning 16 Grand Slam singles titles probably helped make things so fantastic for Federer, a legend in his own time. At his best, he manages to play with a mix of majesty and passion that seems unique to him. Noted author David Foster Wallace once described "Federer moments" as "times, as you watch the young Swiss play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K."
Here are several of those memorable "Federer Moments" over the years. Vote for the best and chime in the in the comments if there is a great shot that deserved inclusion.