After the retirement of one of the best tennis players of all time, Serena Williams, a moment that was in the air also came for men: Roger Federer said goodbye to the world of tennis. In a social post, the Swiss explained that his physical condition does not allow him to resume his professional career, which saw his last match at Wimbledon 2021, with the defeat against Hubert Hurkacz.
A career loaded with numerous records: from the number of victories to Grand Slam triumphs, passing through the ATP ranking. Precisely in the world ranking, Roger Federer holds a record that no other tennis player can hold yet: 237 consecutive weeks as number one in the world.
It was on February 2, 2004 when the Swiss champion conquered the top of the ranking for the first time, the twenty-third in the history of tennis. The day after the victory at the Australian Open, won over Marta Safin, the first page of history was written and a domain that would last until August 17, 2008.
For more than four years, the Swiss champion never left the throne he had conquered: meanwhile, two titles in Australia, four at Wimbledon and three at the US Open; These last two Grand Slams he also won consecutively. A dominance that ended when the three remaining members of what would later become the Fab Four fell into tennis and began to sow records as well.
It was, in fact, Rafael Nadal who snatched the scepter that he had held in his hand for these four years: on August 18, 2008, it was the Spaniard who became the new number one.
Allegro speaks about Federer
Roger Federer's old friend, former roommate and doubles partner Yves Allegro has a lot to say about the man with 20 Grand Slam titles.
After telling an anecdote dating back to the birth of the twins of the Federer couple, the former 32nd in the world in doubles spoke of the legacy of the “maestro” at matin.ch. “I was lucky enough to experience all of this next to him.
Me, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer: we can just say thank you to him because thanks to him, we lived through an incredible time. For me, he is the greatest player of all time because he changed tennis and put it on another planet, like Tiger Woods did in golf.
The integration of the media, it is him, the increase in the prize money too. He made tennis international and changed the lives of many people in Switzerland and around the world. Nobody else has done that in sports."