Richard Gasquet: Roger Federer is unimaginable and irreplaceable



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Richard Gasquet: Roger Federer is unimaginable and irreplaceable

Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet says Roger Federer is "the greatest player of all time in terms of aesthetics" but Novak Djokovic is the "best" player of all time. On Sunday, Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his 20th Grand Slam title.

Now, Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal each have 20 Majors in their collection. "For me, Federer is unimaginable and irreplaceable, he's the greatest player of all time in terms of aesthetics, the grace he has on the court.

I watch tennis for that, although Djokovic is certainly the best," Gasquet said, per We Are Tennis.

Federer out of the Tokyo Olympics

Federer, who made the quarterfinal at Wimbledon, announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics due to a knee issue.

"During the grass court season, I unfortunately experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games," Federer announced on social media. "I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland.

I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the Tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!" Djokovic's victory at Wimbledon sparked again the greatest of all time conversation.

When asked what it means to win a 20th Grand Slam title, Djokovic said, “It means none of us will stop [playing]. I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger as legends of our sport, the two most important players in my career and why I am the player I am today.

They made me realise what I needed to improve, mentally, physically and tactically. "When I first broke into the Top 10, for three or four years, I lost most of the big matches against these guys and something shifted at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011. The past 10 years have been an incredible journey and it’s not stopping here”.