American tennis player Tennys Sandgren paid a tribute to Roger Federer by describing the Swiss as "one of the greatest champions ever." On Thursday, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer announced retirement from tennis. Federer, who turned professional in 1998, will one of the most astonishing sporting careers after next week's Laver Cup.
Sandgren, 31, clashed Federer once and it was a thriller battle. At the 2020 Australian Open, Federer saved seven match points to beat Sandgren and stop the American from reaching the semifinal at Melbourne Park. "Roger is one of the greatest champions ever.
What an absolute legend. Just an incredible sportsman and ambassador for the game. I’m privileged to have done battle with him," Sandgren tweeted.
Roger is one of the greatest champions ever. What an absolute legend. Just an incredible sportsman and ambassador for the game.
I’m privileged to have done battle with him.
Also fuck him tho 😂 — Tennys Sandgren (@TennysSandgren) September 15, 2022
Federer thinks it's the right time to retire
Federer, 41, had three knee surgeries since 2020.
Federer, who underwent a third knee surgery last August, was aiming to return to action at the Laver Cup and play some other events in 2022. But his body was telling him it was time for him to step away from professional tennis.
"As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I've worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.
I'm 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career. The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event.
I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour," Federer said. Federer's final appearance at the Laver Cup will certainly draw lots of attention.