'I experienced Roger Federer's legacy as a fan', says ATP ace

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'I experienced Roger Federer's legacy as a fan', says ATP ace

Although he has been out of the circuit for more than ten months, Roger Federer continues to find a classification in which to stand out above his peers. According to a report published by the Sportico portal ─ which studies the economic aspect of sport, the Swiss star will be the highest paid tennis player in the world in 2022.

With his 85.7 million dollars earned during the period in question, the former number 1 in the world has surpassed all his other colleagues (women and men) in this list, in which he occupies the eighth place overall of the 100 athletes considered in the different disciplines.

So how come Federer is at the top of this special ranking? The answer is that only $700,000 comes from match winnings, which means the remaining $85 million comes from sponsorships, which allowed him to break into the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion's $85 million is among the highest earners in the world, behind only basketball legend LeBron James. Swiss champion Roger Federer, who will turn 41 in August, played his last competitive match on July 7, 2021, when he capitulated at Wimbledon in three-set quarterfinal against Hubert Hurkacz.

Since then, he has been in the pits due to a third operation on his right knee. In an interview on March 5 on the occasion of the Women's Super-G in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, a new World Cup event for sprinters from around the world, Federer had this to say: "I'm fine."

Berrettini on Roger Federer

Matteo Berrettini has said that he feels fortuitous to be playing in the same era as the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. “I feel lucky to be a part of it," he said.

"Twenty years of domination by Djokovic, Federer and Nadal means knowing how to manage tension, manage talent, face opponents of various ages, myself among them. Before, I experienced them as a fan, on TV; now I challenge them on the pitch.

I lost the last Wimbledon final with Djokovic , the last Grand Slam semifinal with Nadal." He added how the Big 3, especially Djokovic and Nadal, have remained relevant despite the emergence of young guns like Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.

"Confronting these names in 2022 is still the highest challenge in tennis," he continued. "The top 10 may have a little more, but the average level of the game has grown a lot: no match is decided before and no result is taken for granted.

And young people are not watching: Alcaraz, Sinner, they are coming strong, we will have to do more and more to beat them."