Gustavo Kuerten: "Roger Federer perfect on and off the court"

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Gustavo Kuerten: "Roger Federer perfect on and off the court"

Gustavo Kuerten thanked Roger Federer for being such a great ambassador for the Game. The Swiss Maestro retired a few days ago at the Laver Cup 2022, at the O2 Arena in London. Kuerten explained: "I have always respected Roger Federer very much both as a man and as a player.

I saw him for the first time when he was still a kid and I followed the various stages of his ascent. I enjoyed the climb that led him to reach the top of the ATP ranking, maintaining an incredible level for many years. In addition to winning a myriad of trophies, he has always been an example on and off the pitch.

The rivalry with Rafael Nadal allowed him to improve further. A player is the sum of all his experiences. Rafa was very important to Roger and vice versa. If I had faced Nadal on clay, I would have become a much more complete player.

That's how sport works."

Roger's achievements and farewell

During his long and glorious career, Roger has won 20 Grand Slams, 103 ATP titles, 6 ATP Finals and 28 Masters 1000. The Swiss is also the one who has spent the most consecutive weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.

The tears of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup have gone around the world, as has the image of the two champions holding hands. The Swiss phenomenon said goodbye to tennis played in the exhibition he founded, which took place at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September.

The former ATP number 1 played a double alongside his friend and long-time rival Nadal, losing in a super tiebreak to Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. At the end of the match, the King received a splendid tribute that gave everyone goosebumps.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion tried hard to get back in shape at 41, but his right knee didn't respond adequately. In July, the Swiss underwent a resonance, the outcome of which confirmed his fears. Some rumors also talk about a possibke match between Nadal and Federer and the Santiago Bernabeu, in Madrid.