Roger Federer marks an incredible longevity record



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Roger Federer marks an incredible longevity record

Roger Federer decided to announce his retirement via a long video-podcast posted on his social profile, followed by a letter published later. Explaining the reasons for his farewell to tennis and thanking all the people who were by his side, he then concluded by saying that the Laver Cup would be his last tournament: a doubles match with Rafael Nadal, in fact, was the last match of the Swiss champion.

At the time of the announcement, there were several statistics that were pitted about the twenty-time world champion: a record that no one has yet managed to unhinge. From consecutive weeks at the top of the ranking to victories in the main draws of the Grand Slam, passing on the incredible numbers referring to the Grand Slam titles.

Among the many statistics, there is a new curious fact that involves Roger Federer, but above all the opponents he has faced.

Roger Federer marks an incredible longevity record

In his career, Roger Federer has faced at least one tennis player born in every year between 1968 and 2000.

To open the strip there is the clash with the 1968 class Francisco Clavet which took place in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati in the distant 2000. Following, the twenty-time Grand Slam champion faced at least one tennis player born in the 70s, 80s and 90s: from Andre Agassi to Pete Sampras, from Carlos Moya to Lleyton Hewitt.

Obviously, the generation of the second half of the 1980s is inevitable, as well as his greatest rivals: Rafael Nadal, born in 1986; Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, both born in 1987 Boundless in those years, Federer then faced the whole generation following his birth, the last of the tennis Millennials: from Grigor Dimitrov to Dominic Thiem, passing through Nick Kyrgios.

The longevity of his career has an almost exceptional end point with Felix Auger Aliassime: the Canadian tennis player, born in 2000, is the youngest player he has faced, in 2021 in the Halle tournament. Below the rank: