'Tennis loses a bit without Roger Federer', says former Top 10

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'Tennis loses a bit without Roger Federer', says former Top 10

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

At the time of the announcement, there were several statistics that were considered about the twenty-time world champion: a record that no one has yet managed to unseat. From consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings to wins in the main draws of the Grand Slams, passing through 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 rivals he has faced. In his career, Roger Federer has faced at least one tennis player born in each year between 1968 and 2000.

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

Obviously, the generation of the second half of the 1980s is inevitable, as well as their biggest rivals: Rafael Nadal, born in 1986; Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, both born in 1987. Without limits in those years, Federer then faced the entire generation following his, the last of the tennis Millennials: from Grigor Dimitrov to Dominic Thiem, passing through Nick Kyrgios.

David Ferrer on King Roger

David Ferrer recalled how swiftly Roger Federer was able to change tactics during the course of a game and always struck the ball masterfully. "On a professional level, I could never beat him, despite the fact that we faced each other 17 times"," Ferrer said.

"In that aspect, he always made me feel a little frustrated, he was a player who changed rhythms very well during games, he dominated the ball perfectly, what he had on his wrist was pure talent. In the end, talking about Roger Federer is talking about one of the most charismatic players in the history of tennis, if not the most," the Spaniard went on.

"Apart from the fact that he has contributed a lot for the health and progress of this sport, the rivalry he has had with Rafa made tennis evolve a lot, so now tennis loses a bit without him. Tennis is Roger Federer."