'Roger Federer was able to enter...', says top coach



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'Roger Federer was able to enter...', says top coach

Roger Federer welcomed the message sent by Serena Williams as he admitted that facing the American in a mixed doubles match was an absolute thrill. After Federer revealed his plans to retire from professional tennis after the Laver Cup, Williams paid tribute to him with a post on Instagram.

In 2019 - which was the last year of the Hopman Cup - Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2, 4-3 (3). "The Hopman Cup was one for the ages," Federer wrote in the comments section of Williams' post.

"I wanted to find the perfect way to say this, as you have so eloquently ended this match, perfectly done, just like your career. I have always looked up to you and admired you. Our paths were always so similar, so equal.

You inspired countless millions and millions of people - including me - and we will never forget it. I applaud you and look forward to everything you do in the future. Welcome to the retirement club. And thanks for being you @rogerfederer," Williams wrote on Instagram.

With the announcement of Federer's retirement, the sport loses two absolute greats and legends of the game. Williams, 40, retired from professional tennis after the US Open of this year. At the US Open, Williams defeated Danka Kovinic and Anett Kontaveit before falling in three sets to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Although Williams is now officially listed as a retired player, she has not completely closed the doors to a possible return to tennis.

Federer is ready to retire

After talking about his first memory of Roger Federer when he totally broke after the Australian Open final in 2006, Patrick Mouratoglou this time revealed what made the Swiss a different player, apart from the rest of the circuit.

And contrary to popular belief, the tricolor coach insisted on the warrior side of the Swiss. “When you watch Roger Federer play tennis, the first thing you notice is that he has incredible talent and fluidity of movement.

But then you think…there are a lot of other tennis players who also have a certain fluidity and move well on the court. Why didn't they win a Grand Slam when Federer won 20? Why ? Simply because he is a warrior. He always fought every point of the match as if it were the last.

There are very few tennis players who have this mentality. Thanks to this, he was able to enter the history of this sport."