Roger Federer played his last match at the Laver Cup, playing a double alongside his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The two were defeated by the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, but it was still great to admire the King again after more than a year of absence.
The Swiss phenomenon tried hard to get back in shape, but at the beginning of the summer he realized he couldn't be more competitive at high levels. The 41-year-old from Basel underwent a resonance in July, the outcome of which convinced him to say enough.
The former world number 1 had tried a shy comeback last year, but he had only played 13 official matches without ever giving the feeling of being able to win the most important tournaments. After reaching the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the 20-time Grand Slam champion had announced yet another operation.
The Maestro calmly accepted the idea of retiring and promised that he will not depart from tennis. In an interview with 'iDnes', Tomas Berdych explained why Federer deserves to be considered the greatest ever.
Berdych praises King Roger
"Those who wanted to compare the greatest aces by numbers would find arguments for different players. The number of Grand Slam titles may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who have left a huge mark.
I think Roger Federer will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he is a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he did for tennis cannot be outweighed by any results," Berdych said. Following Federer's retirement, Berdych stated that many fans started watching matches and even started playing because of the Swiss' skill and performance on the court.
"There were a lot of people who watched matches or started playing themselves because of his skill and performance on the court. That's what makes him superior to others. Though of course I can understand if a fan finds something special about Nadal, Djokovic or other players," he said.
Roger Federer has won 20 grand slam titles during his career but in his retirement message, he had shared that he sees his life outside of tennis too. This includes his family and other off-court endeavors. The fans could not hold themselves over the extra long hug between Mirka Federer and Rafael Nadal. A fan tweeted, “i love that mirka understood and also wanted to give rafa the longest hug i love it sm”.