Alejandro Falla is not a professional tennis player anymore. The 34-year-old Colombian announced his retirement from the Tour in a conference call in Bogotá on Thursday. 'Many emotions are going through my mind, from the memories of the sacrifices I did as a kid with the biggest results that seemed difficult to achieve.
Now it came the moment to start another stage of my life.' Falla achieved a career-high singles ranking at No. 48, won 13 Challenger titles and played 2 ATP Finals: Bogotá 2013 (l. to Ivo Karlovic) and Halle 2014 (l.
to Roger Federer). He played 34 Grand Slam main draws, reached the 2011 Roland Garros fourth round, and 2012 Wimbledon, 2012 and 2010 Australian Open third round. He won four matches out of 30 against top 10 players, beating Nikolay Davydenko (No.
6), Mardy Fish (No. 8), Tommy Haas (No. 9) e John Isner (No. 10). In June 2010 he came just four points away from beating Federer at Wimbledon on the Centre Court, as he serves for the match leading 7-5, 6-4, 5-4.
At the end, Falla lost in the fifth set, and he will definitely remember that match forever. 'I was very lucky', the Swiss admitted afterward. ALSO READ: Hyeon Chung's mother says he's grown-up watching Djokovic and Federer