For many, the best tennis player of all time, Roger Federer, retired last night. The fantastic Swiss played his final match and, after that, entered history as arguably the most significant tennis figure.
After 1527 matches played, 1251 wins, 310 weeks on top of the ATP caravan, 103 trophies, 28 Masters titles, and 20 Grand Slam trophies, he crossed the finish line. The final event of his illustrious career came in Laver Cup, where he played alongside Rafael Nadal against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in doubles. The pair of all-time greats lost after three sets of magnificent battle, 4-6, 7-6, 11-9.
A legendary career for Roger Federer 👏
🙌 369 Major match wins
🏆 103 career ATP singles titles
🏆 20x Grand Slam champion
🏅 2x Olympic medalist pic.twitter.com/2m55LoV0SV
— ESPN (@espn) September 23, 2022
“It’s been a perfect journey,” Federer said. “I would do it all over again.”
And really, what a journey it was for the 41-year-old legend. He managed to stay on top for 20 years, writing numerous records and becoming the top athlete in the world for quite some time, surpassing many other names and reaching the heights Michael Jordan and Carl Lewis had in their time. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Federer became Europe’s finest product ever in terms of sports.
Federer stated last week that he will retire at the Laver Cup, the tournament founded by his management company. For some time the speculations circulated about his farewell, but simply, there wasn’t too much hype around them because everyone believed that the magnificent Swiss would stay around for one more year.
“For me, just personally, [it was] sad in the first moment, when I came to the conclusion it’s the best decision,” Federer said. “I kind of held it in at first, then fought it off. But I could feel the pain.”
His knees couldn’t handle the pressure and stress anymore, and even though FedEx still looked great, father time forced him to say goodbye to the one thing he loved the most in his life, besides his family. After the end of the match, Federer shared a moment with his wife, Mirka, four children and parents, putting an end to a fantastic journey.
Also, he had one wonderful moment with Rafa, Novak, and the other rivals, who carried him on his shoulders, making a proper hooray for the guy who made all of them better.
Federer won eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open, five US Open, and one French Open trophy. He is third on the all-time list, behind Rafa with 22 and Novak with 21. Though, despite these two surpassing Roger, he was the trailblazer that managed to do the impossible before them and set new standards that would later carry all others to be better.
Roger presented the beauty of tennis. Nobody ever played with such elegance and deadly efficiency as him. With him on the court, the game looked like poetry rather than war which is when Rafa or Novak play. That is why the Swiss had the most fans across the globe and why he became the most influential player of all.
The year 2022 will be remembered as a sad one for tennis because we lost two historic names. Before Roger, Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, decided to retire. Along with FedEx, she has been a symbol of an era. An era of dominance, of fantastic tennis, and we can say without any hesitation that we are sorry for their retirement.
But we do wish them all the best in it.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.