On Friday, Roger Federer officially retired from tennis. The Swiss played his last double in the Laver Cup alongside his great friend and now former rival Rafael Nadal, losing in a super tiebreak to Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Although it was a painful decision, the former world number 1 had no other choice. At the beginning of the summer, the King realized that the knee did not respond well to the stresses and that it made no sense to insist. Additionally, he underwent an MRI that confirmed his fears.
There was no more progress. Within days, the 20-time Grand Slam champion knew it was over and started thinking about how to announce it. His letter posted on Instagram sparked a myriad of reactions in every corner of the planet, testifying to the Maestro's enormous impact on sport in general.
Roger had tried a timid comeback in 2021, playing just 13 games (with a balance of nine wins and four losses). Interviewed by 'RMC Sport' during the Laver Cup, Federer recalled his last appearance at Roland Garros.
King Roger is a true legend
Roger Federer's very last match at Roland‐Garros will remain a 3rd round against Dominik Koepfer, on June 5, 2021, in an empty Phillipe‐Chatrier.
A difficult victory (7-6 , 6-7 , 7-6 , 7-5) for the Swiss, in every sense of the word, in the night session and therefore behind closed doors due sanitary restrictions of the time. He then forfeited before his round of 16 against Matteo Berrettini.
The winner of Roland-Garros 2009 returned to this moment for RMC Sport. "It's true that the last match at Roland was not that much. There was no one in the stadium. Especially since I knew it could be my last match at Roland.
I hoped it wouldn't be at night, unfortunately we also had to go through it and play late at night. On the one hand, I was happy to play this match in these conditions despite the covid. On the other hand, without fans, it was fine crap."
Former tennis player and coach of Roger Federer, Ivan Ljubicic, has stated that there is no definite criterion when choosing the GOAT in men's tennis. "Roger will not win the most Slams, and we will see if he will win the most tournaments among the three of them. Then, for 19 years, he was voted the favorite among the fans, that should not be ignored," said the Croat.