Roger Federer and Serena Williams have been recognized as the biggest tennis stars of the past two decades. They have won 43 singles Major titles and earned many records that will hardly be matched. After staying on the Tour since the late 90s, two legends will retire in the same month!
Serena ended her glorious career at the beloved US Open, while Roger will follow her at the next week's Laver Cup. The Swiss veteran has decided to end his career in London, struggling to return at his best following three knee surgeries.
Federer entered the 2020 season as the third-strongest link on the Tour. Still, a knee injury halted his progress after the Australian Open 2020, undergoing three surgeries and playing only six tournaments in the past three seasons!
Unable to get back where he belongs, Roger will wrap up his incredible career at the Laver Cup, giving his fans a chance to see him again in the official match. Serena welcomed Roger to the retirement club, honoring her friend and calling him an inspiration.
Federer and Williams were rivals at the 2019 Hopman Cup, as the USA met Switzerland in the round-robin stage. Federer and Belinda Bencic took down Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 in 46 minutes.
Serena Williams and Roger Federer will retire in the same month.
The Swiss pair served great in the opening set, breaking Tiafoe in the fifth game after Bencic's return winner.
Federer and Bencic took the opener when Roger held at love in game six for 4-2. Roger and Belinda saved a break point in the second set's fourth game to keep their serve intact. The set went into a tie break, and the European squad clinched it 5-3 after Federer's fantastic volley.
"I wanted to find the perfect way to say this, as you so eloquently put this game to rest - perfectly done, just like your career. I have always looked up to you and admired you. Our paths were always so similar, so much the same.
You inspired countless millions and millions of people - including me - and we will never forget. I applaud you and look forward to all you do in the future. Welcome to the retirement club. And thank you for being you," Serena Williams said.