Roger Federer decided to announce his retirement through a long video podcast posted on his social profile, followed by a letter posted later. Explaining the reasons for his farewell to tennis and thanking all the people who were at his side, he concluded by saying that the Laver Cup would be his last tournament: a doubles match with Rafael Nadal, in fact, it was the last match of the Swiss champion.
At the time of the announcement, there were several statistics that were considered on the twenty times world champion: a record that no one has yet managed to dethrone. From consecutive weeks at the top of the leaderboard to victories in the Grand Slam main draws, to incredible numbers referring to Grand Slam titles.
Among the many statistics, there is a curious new fact that involves Roger Federer, but especially the rivals he has faced. In his career, Roger Federer faced at least one tennis player born every year between 1968 and 2000.
To open the tape is the confrontation with the 1968 class Francisco Clavet which took place in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 in the distant 2000. Then the twenty-time Grand Slam champion faced at least one tennis player born in the 70s , 80s and 90s: from Andre Agassi to Pete Sampras, from Carlos Moyá to Lleyton Hewitt.
Obviously, the generation of the second half of the 1980s is inevitable, as well as their greatest rivals: Rafael Nadal, born in 1986; Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, both born in 1987. Without limits in those years, Federer then faced the entire generation that followed his, the last of the Millennials of tennis: from Grigor Dimitrov to Dominic Thiem, via Nick Kyrgios.
David Ferrer on King Roger
David Ferrer recalled how quickly Roger Federer was able to change tactics during a match and always hit the ball in a masterful way. “On a professional level, I could never beat him, despite the fact that we played each other 17 times,” Ferrer said.
“In that aspect he always made me feel a bit frustrated, he was a player who changed rhythms very well during games, he dominated the ball perfectly, what he had on his wrist was pure talent. In the end, speaking of Roger Federer speaks of one of the most charismatic players in the history of tennis, if not the most”, continued the Spaniard.
“Besides the fact that he contributed a lot to the health and progress of this sport, the rivalry he had with Rafa made tennis evolve a lot, so now tennis loses a bit without him. Tennis, c is Roger Federer.”