From the moment in which Roger Federer made it official in the early afternoon two days ago that he will say goodbye to tennis at the end of the Laver Cup, the stratospheric numbers that Federer has achieved during his career do nothing but appear.
Among the many firsts scored by the super champion from Basel, the record for consecutive victories in Slam tournaments stands out. The Swiss Maestro, in fact, is the only one to have won the title in two different majors for five consecutive editions, Wimbledon (2003-2007) and US Open (2004-2008).
Nobody like him, including his two rivals of all time and with more Grand Slam trophies like Rafael Nadal, who only managed it at Roland Garros (2010-2014), and Novak Djokovic, who instead reached a maximum of three triumphs uninterrupted at the Australian Open (2011-2013).
The emotional greeting from Nadal and Djokovic
The stature of a sportsman is certainly measured by what he conquers in his own discipline, but also by the consideration that his opponents have of him. And Roger Federer excels in this too, always enjoying the utmost respect of all.
Therefore, the dedications for the Swiss by his most illustrious colleagues Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are noteworthy. "It has been a privilege to live these years with you," wrote the Majorcan, while the Serbian, despite the difficulty of facing this day, as he himself stated, will remember Roger Federer as an example of what it means to achieve excellence, on and off the court The whole world of tennis pays tribute to the champion originally from Basel, who tried with all his mental and physical strength to return to the Tour for one last sharp.
In the end, however, he felt that it was really time to stop: after the Laver Cup (23-25 September), the career of one of the icons of this sport and beyond will end. He will end an era. Next week Roger will play his last matches on a tennis courts. All ready?