'We all hoped Roger Federer would make...', says former No.1



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'We all hoped Roger Federer would make...', says former No.1

Roger Federer has a record that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cannot beat. 369 Victories in the main picture of the male tournaments of Grand Slam: no one as the Swiss teacher. Another milestone in the Swiss legend career announced on Thursday, September 15, its withdrawal of a tennis that has marked perhaps more than anyone in this new millennium.

January 2000. In the first round of the Australia Open, a young Roger Federer, who has been in the professional circuit for less than two years, achieves a first round success 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 with Michael Chang . Two days later he will also impose Jan Kroslak, before falling with Arnauld Clement.

But it is the first game that he counts. Because it is the first victory of the Swiss phenomenon in a Grand Slam tournament. Another 368 will arrive. The last with Lorenzo Sonego, in July 2021, in the round of 16 Wimbledon. A record, one of many, one of the most impressive, in a race that, however, will remain unattainable.

Until January, Roger had only warmed his legs before embarking on an unprecedented trip, and difficult to match. In 1998 he only plays in Toulouse and at home, in Basel. The following year, after the false step in the classification phase in Australia, the debut occurred in the first round of Roland Garros, where the then number 3 of the world, Pat Rafter, won by three sets to one.

In Wimbleon Jiri Novak he has to sweat 5 sets with which he will become the greatest winner of history about London's grass, while in the United States the tie will remain fatal. 369 victories therefore in the Grand Slam curriculum of Roger Federer.

Murray reflects on Federer

The announcement of Roger Federer's end of career took everyone by surprise. Including those who know him well and will play with him in the Laver Cup. We're talking about Andy Murray, who doesn't hide that he wasn't expecting to receive the news at this moment, even because he was looking forward to a remarkable return of the former number one in the world to the circuit.

“I didn't suspect he was going to put an end to it at this point. We all hoped Federer would make a miraculous comeback next year. When I accepted to play in the Laver Cup I never thought I would see Roger's career end, but it's an incredible opportunity to share moments with the Big Three.

It will be very special. I hope Roger can compete. It's going to be an awesome environment and I'd love to play doubles with him. It would be the perfect ending to a very special story,” he confessed.