With a truly moving letter, Roger Federer has begun to say goodbye to tennis. which will be official after the Laver Cup, an event he created and at which he will be at the starting line to probably play a career closing match.
As the Swiss pointed out in the very long video in which he announced that he will play the London competition as the last tournament, his body in recent weeks has begun to give not exactly positive signals to rehabilitation and has therefore decided to definitively raise the white flag.
Among the rivalries that will be remembered, the one against Novak Djokovic cannot be missing. The two fought a great battle on every surface and in the end there was only one winner: he was the Serbian champion to win the most matches, putting them all together, paying duty especially in recent years.
A question that perhaps could be decisive for electing the GOAT among the Big Three, given that King Roger will remain behind even in the precedents with Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer's biggest regret is Novak Djokovic
The two great players of the new millennium had to prepare and face 50 battles.
The Serbian champion has managed to win on 27 occasions and is ahead in almost all the statistical items that compare the matches of the two athletes: as regards the Grand Slams, Nole is ahead in Australia with a clear 4-1, so like in Wimbledon (3-1).
Equal wins instead at the Roland Garros and the US Open, 1-1 and 3-3. One of the few aspects in which Federer has done better than the 35-year-old is precisely in the sets won in total: despite being down by 4 wins with Djokovic, Roger managed to win 108 sets overall, compared to 102 of the Serbian.
To make the difference certainly the factor of the decisive partials, in favor of Nole with a very clear 15-5. Federer's biggest regret in tennis probably dates back to 2019, right in a challenge with the former world number one.
At Wimbledon the two have given birth to a sensational fight to win a Grand Slam title which is fundamental for how close the battle is to be the best. The Swiss number 2 on the board reigned in all statistics, wasted two match points in the decisive fifth set and then surrendered 13-12.
A huge disappointment for Roger and his loyal fans, who nearly reached the 21st Grand Slam triumph on that occasion.