In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Sumit Nagal recalled his first and only match against Roger Federer at the 2019 US Open. Nagal said: “Roger Federer was a tennis genius. You never knew what to expect from a player like him.
he would use his short back to force you forward and such. He had an unlimited arsenal of shots. You were aware of it, but then you had to see what you were capable of doing and what not.» In a long interview with Eurosport Germany, Tommy Haas also wanted to pay tribute to Federer.
He said: «Roger Federer is an amazing man both on and off the court. You always have fun with him. He has a wonderful outlook on life and it’s great to spend time with people like him. It’s crazy what he has achieved.
He has combined efficiency and constancy in the best possible way. In the period from 2004 to 2006, he played heavenly tennis. He was from another planet.»
Roger Federer’s farewell
Among the highlights of 2022, it is impossible not to mention the retirement of Roger Federer, which was a real blow to the heart for all tennis fans.
The former world number 1 played his last official match at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded in 2017. The King joined forces with arch-rival Rafael Nadal to face Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock at London’s O2 Arena, before to receive an impressive tribute that left everyone in tears.
The Swiss had attempted a timid comeback in 2021, playing just 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon. The state of his right knee prevented him from continuing to compete at the highest level and his age did the rest. Once his knee improves, the 20-time Grand Slam champion plans to put on several exhibitions.