Roger Federer's career came to an end at this year's Laver Cup. The former number 1 in the world, who had not set foot on a court for more than a year, played his last match with his longtime rival, Rafael Nadal, at the O2 Arena in London.
Both were beaten by Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, despite the Swiss having match point on his serve in the supertiebreak. The King received a lavish tribute at the end of the match, testifying to the enormous impact he has had on the game over the past two decades.
The 20-time Slam champion hoped to give himself one last round in 2023, but his right knee did not allow it. The magnetic resonance that he underwent in the summer certified the lack of progress and "forced" him to accept reality.
The 41-year-old from Basel recently attended an event organized by Uniqlo in Tokyo and could join the BBC commentary team at Wimbledon 2023. Through his Twitter profile, the well-known commentator Alan Wilkins had some nice words for Roger Federer: "I still have a hard time digesting the news of Federer's withdrawal!
I don't know how to handle such a shock, because there will never be another tennis player like him," Wilkins wrote. A few days ago, Jim Courier also referred to the Maestro's withdrawal: "I knew there would be very emotional moments on the night of Federer's withdrawal.
Roger is one of the best athletes in history and his withdrawal can only generate a wave of reactions around the world. Even Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were visibly emotional, especially Rafa."
Tiafoe opens up on Federer
Roger Federer's illustrious career has influenced the next generations of tennis players, with one of them being Frances Tiafoe, who has idolized the Swiss for his contributions to the sport.
"I mean, the impact he had on the game is wild. No one’s going to play the game like he did. No one’s going to carry themselves like he did. He never sweated, he never had a wrinkle on his shirt," the American said.
"To play against them, even if one of then weren’t retiring, to play against them together is iconic, and as Fed’s last match... So, that’s even more iconic, and the crowd is going wild," he recalled. For his farewell match, the Swiss maestro teamed up with Rafael Nadal and locked horns with Tiafoe and Jack Sock.