The Most Focused Athletes of All Time

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The Most Focused Athletes of All Time

Their intense focus, drive and undeniable talent elevated these athletes to the top.

Even during the back end of his career, it’s hard to find a top-notch professional athlete out there with more skill, grace and humility than Roger Federer. He has a men’s record 16 Grand Slam singles titles and was ranked No. 1 in the world for a record 237 consecutive weeks—spanning a little over four and a half years. Federer displayed an unprecedented level of dominance in his sport from 2003 through 2007, and even today, he’s still ranked third in the world behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, players both reaching their prime in their mid-20s while Federer is set to turn 31 in August.

As demonstrated in the clip, Federer plays his tennis with a high level of focus, poise, intelligence and skill. Even when he makes a mistake, he still has the ability to play on the defensive and win any given point. In terms of training, the New York Times reported that he plays an average of five sets of tennis a day along with a conditioning session and an hour of drills.


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