Roger Federer’s 103rd and final ATP title came in his hometown of Basel in 2019. Roger turned 75 Basel victories into ten titles in 15 finals, making it one of the most successful stages of his incredible journey of tennis.
Federer reached 13 consecutive finals in Basel between 2006 and 2019, a record that will be broken in the future. The Swiss ended his Laver Cup career a few weeks ago, struggling with a knee injury and playing only six tournaments since 2020.
Roger hasn’t played since the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year, and he has decided to end his glorious career after failing to train injury-free. Federer made an emotional farewell in London, reuniting Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, his old friends and rivals.
Federer played a doubles match alongside Nadal, facing Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe and lost match point in a thrilling loss. The encounter ended and we witnessed one of the most emotional tennis retirements ever. Both Federer and Nadal cried, and the Swiss couldn’t hide his emotions as his wife, children and parents joined him on the pitch.
Basel organizers were planning to hold a farewell to the local legend, but that won’t happen for a few weeks. Roger decided to postpone it to another occasion, still feeling very emotional after the Laver Cup and admitting that Basel is too short after London.
Federer wished the organizers the best, hoping to see Basel among the top ATP events for many more years.
Roger Federer won’t be saying goodbye to Basel in a few weeks.
“Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and paying tribute to him at our event is an exceptional occasion in a very fitting setting.
We would love to celebrate the impact of Roger’s years of tournament success, but understand that Roger needs more time after the wonderful end to his career,” said Roger Brennwald. “I thank the Swiss indoors for their willingness to have me in Basel this year, but I’ve tried to absorb everything that’s happened recently.
Celebrating at home in Basel will have a very special meaning, and it comes too soon after London. I have so many amazing memories of playing for many years at home, and I want the tournament to continue to be one of the main stops on the ATP Tour,” said Roger Federer.