Tennis’s greatest player of the era Roger Federer announces his retirement from professional tennis.
Swiss superstar played his first junior match at age of 14 in 1996, his first major success came in 1998 when he won he won both the boys’ singles and doubles finals at Wimbledon 1998.
He also reached US open junior finals in 1998, he ended his junior career with a number 1 ranking and was awarded ITF junior World Champion.
At an age of 19, Federer came into the limelight when he defeated four-time defending champion and number 1 seeded Pete Sampras in five sets to reach the 2001 Wimbledon Championships quarterfinals.
He won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, beating Mark Philippoussis in the finals. Later in the year 2004, he started imposing his dominance and keep on consolidating it for years to come.
He was ranked number 1 by ATP for 310 weeks which includes a record for being no.1 for consecutive 237 weeks. Also, five times he had finished year-end number 1. His 20 Grand Slam singles titles, include record eight men’s singles Wimbledon titles, and five men’s singles US Open titles
His dominance was ended in later years by Rafel Nadal and Novak Djokovic on hard as well as grass courts. A versatile all-court player and effortless in his game made him a favorite tennis star.
He shares a special bond with Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement Tendulkar praised him saying, “We fell in love with your brand of tennis. Slowly, your tennis became a habit. And habits never retire, they become a part of us”.
His rival Rafael Nadal tweets
“Dear Roger, my friend, and rival. I wish this day would have never come, it is a sad day for me and the sports World.”
He established the Roger Federer Foundation, which works for impoverished children in southern Africa. He topped the Forbes list in May 2020 and became the first tennis player to achieve this feat.
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