Roger Federer's career ended on Friday 23 September at the Laver Cup. To tell the truth, the Swiss champion had played very little in the last two seasons due to a serious right knee injury. The former world number 1 has undergone three operations, but he has never been able to get back competitive.
The 41-year-old from Basel had tried a timid comeback last year, playing just 13 official matches and revealing a precarious condition to say the least. After the blow he suffered against Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon, the King opted for a new intervention with the aim of giving himself one last ride.
As the months went by, it became increasingly clear that such a return would never happen. In the early afternoon of September 15, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced his decision to hang up his racquet. A resonance carried out in July had in fact convinced him to say enough.
In an interview with 'We Love Tennis Magazine', Claude Onesta - former coach of the French handball team - had wonderful words for Federer.
Onesta pays tribute to Federer
“I recognize in Roger Federer a class and a standing which, in modern sport, compared to basketball players and footballers, makes it possible to keep this exemplarity; tennis has kept this form of model image and Federer represents it perfectly" - Claude Onesta stated.
Tomas Berdych spoke candidly about his former rival Roger Federer. "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 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.
The Swiss Maestro took to Instagram to share some glimpses from the last tournament of his illustrious career. Sharing pictures on his official Instagram handle, he said, “We all hope for a fairytale ending. Here’s how mine went: Lost my last singles, Lost my last doubles, Lost my last team event, Lost my voice during the week, Lost my job”.