Roger Federer, the tennis legend, who recently announced his retirement from competitive tennis, lost his final match at the Laver Cup. He and partner Rafael Nadal who came together for Team Europe, went down to the team of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9. After their loss, a teary-eyed Federer bid goodbye to tennis, hugging his biggest rival on court, Rafael Nadal who too could not stop himself from getting emotional.
A Glance Roger Federer’s career
“To the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.” – Roger Federer
The ongoing Laver Cup in London was the final ATP event that Roger was playing. In the words of the legend himself, he will be playing many more tennis in the future, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.
In a career that spans over 24 years, Roger Federer played more than 1,500 matches and won 20 Grand Slam titles. The 41-years old over the past three years battled with injuries and surgeries that restricted his presence on the competitive circuit. Popularly referred as G.O.A.T Federer has to his name 105 Wimbledon wins, 102 Australian Open wins, 89 US Open and 73 Roland Garros wins.
He has won 5 consecutive US Open titles, 8 Wimbledon titles, a total of 369 Grand Slam wins, made it to 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals, 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals. Among the 103 titles he holds are – 6 ATP Finals, 71 hard court, 19 grass court, Olympics Singles Silver medal, Olympic Doubles Gold medal and Davis Cup Championship. He also remained World No 1 for 237 consecutive weeks.
Grand Slam Wins
Australian Open – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018
French Open – 2007
Wimbledon – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017
US Open – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
“It’s been a perfect journey, I would do it all over again” – Roger Federer
Roger who defines his 24-year long journey an incredible adventure on court had many worthwhile moments, from defeating the greatest players including Pete Sampras at age 19 to winning the Wimbledon 5 times in a row. His love for tennis began from his hometown in Basel, where he was a ball kid. Each match that he played had some moment that left the spectators spellbound – from ace to his signature shot – the inside-out forehand; to the calmness he brought on court, Federer will for the longest time in history remain the greatest. To the classiest player of all times – yours was indeed a perfect journey!