From the moment that Roger Federer made official in the early afternoon two days ago that he will say goodbye to tennis at the end of the Laver Cup, the stratospheric numbers that Federer has achieved throughout his career only appear.
Among the many firsts scored by the Basel super champion, the record for consecutive wins in Slam tournaments stands out. The Swiss master, in fact, is the only one to have won the title in two different majors for five consecutive editions, Wimbledon (2003-2007) and the US Open (2004-2008).
Nobody like him, including his two rivals of all time and with more Grand Slam trophies like Rafael Nadal, who only achieved it at Roland Garros (2010-2014), and Novak Djokovic, who instead reached a maximum of three uninterrupted wins. in the Australian. Open (2011-2013).
The emotional greeting of Nadal and Djokovic
The stature of an athlete is certainly measured by what he achieves in his own discipline, but also by the consideration that his opponents have for him. And Roger Federer excels at this too, always enjoying the utmost respect from everyone.
For this reason, the dedications by the Swiss of his illustrious colleagues Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are remarkable. “It has been a privilege to live these years with you”, wrote the Mallorcan, while the Serbian, despite the difficulty of facing this day, as he himself stated, will remember Roger Federer as an example of what it means to achieve excellence. on and off the court The entire tennis world pays tribute to the champion originally from Basel, who tried with all his mental and physical strength to return to the Tour for one last blow.
In the end, however, he felt it really was time to stop: after the Laver Cup (September 23-25), the career of one of the icons of the sport and beyond will be over. It will end an era. Next week Roger will play his last matches on some tennis courts. Clever?