Roger Federer's career ended at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded, which took place at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. The former world number 1 played a double alongside his great friend and now former rival Rafael Nadal, giving his fans the chance to see him on the pitch after more than a year of absence.
The Swiss phenomenon had decided to have knee surgery again after Wimbledon 2021, in which he had reached the quarterfinals thanks also to a not impossible scoreboard. The King hoped that this surgery would allow him to get back competitive, but at the beginning of the summer he noticed that his knee was not responding well.
The 41-year-old from Basel underwent a resonance, the outcome of which was not at all satisfactory. Within days, the 20-time Grand Slam champion knew it was over and started thinking about how to announce it. To Eurosport Spain, Nicolas Almagro expressed his sincere opinion on Federer's farewell.
Almagro praises King Roger
"It is a significant loss for everything that has changed our sport since his arrival, Roger Federer raised it to a higher level as Tiger Woods did with golf or Michael Jordan with basketball," Almagro said.
"Hopefully the next generations will remain faithful to the legacy that he leaves, so we will be sure that everything that comes is much better." Almagro assessed how Federer almost always finds a way to thwart the opponent's attack and dominate the match with his game style.
"Playing against Federer is a different experience from facing any other player," he continued. "With Roger you have the feeling at all times that he is playing with you, that he is playing what he wants at all times."
In a recent conversation, Berdych discussed the GOAT debate and addressed that numbers can serve as a measure of greatness. However, players like Roger Federer have a significant impact on the sports that cannot be shadowed by any statistics.
He said, “Those who want 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 leave a huge mark behind them.
I think Roger will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he’s done for tennis can’t be outweighed by any results”.