Roger Federer says goodbye to tennis with the Laver Cup: it will be the Swiss champion's last tournament as a professional tennis player. The player from Basel leaves tennis with numbers (and more) that have crowned him King Roger: twenty Grand Slam titles, including eight at Wimbledon; 103 total titles, behind only Jimmy Connors; number one in the world for a total of 310 weeks.
But not only numbers, but also true records, which no one, not even his two youngest rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have managed to take from him. Roger Federer's list of records is long, ranging from the Grand Slams to the ATP rankings: the record for consecutive weeks as number one; the number of wins in the main draws of the Grand Slams; the number of wins at Wimbledon; the eight Wimbledons; all five back-to-backs, at both the US Open and Wimbledon.
To this must be added two records, relating to Slam finals: not only are there the last ten consecutive acts at a Slam, but there is another figure relating to the first seven Grand Slams won. Roger Federer has not missed a Slam final seven times in a row.
Since his first historic match in 2003, when he won his first Slam title and his first Wimbledon title, the Swiss champion has not lost a final in the following seven times. In 2004, he won three of the four Slams: the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open; in 2005, he only repeated in London and New York, while in Melbourne he did not go beyond the semifinals.
King Roger is a former No.1
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the 2022 Laver Cup, Roger Federer stated that he was never going to "risk it at all." "I was not willing to go into the direction of let's risk it all.
I'm not ready for that. I always said that was never my goal. I can't believe, if I look back at the last few years that I went through, the surgeries that I had to go through, for me it was always clear that I was going to end my career with no surgeries.
You know, before 2016 and even '16 was a tough year getting back from it," he said. "I guess there was a certain process that started at the beginning of the summer, you know, where you try to go to the next level in training, and I could feel it was getting difficult.
So obviously at that point I knew any hiccup, any setback, for that matter, was going to be the one potentially," he said.