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TENNIS

The legend that shone in four generations

Federer has understood that his body has told him ‘enough’, after three years of injuries and surgeries.

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Federer has understood that his body has told him ‘enough’, after three years of injuries and surgeries.
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Mr Perfect hangs his racket at 41 years of age, with four children. News that is unwelcome. Federer has understood that his body has told him ‘enough’, after three years of injuries and surgeries.

It’s time to recall his accomplishments and his records. Perhaps the hidden fact that best describes his greatness is his overall balance: 1,251 wins (81.98%) and 275 defeats in 24 years of an unforgettable career which began at the end of last century.

Roger Federer: Spanning generations of tennis greats

Roger Federer was defeating the best players that preceded him: Sampras, Agassi, Kuerten, Moya… In Wimbledon he took the crown of the then king of tennis. With an iron hand, he later dominated the best of his generation (Roddick, Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero, Nalbandian…) and he extended his reign by successfully reinventing himself against the next two greats, to the point that he co-starred in the Big Three era with Nadal and Djokovic, five and six years younger than him. A rivalry that raised the level of tennis and its popularity to an unprecedented level.

No other tennis player has had as much influence as Federer on the tennis of today as well as the way it is taught. For his elegance, his footwork and the technique and precision of his strokes, all of which were refined by training with Peter Carter, his young coach who died in a road accident. This event marked a definitive turning point in Federer’s career, with Carter being a source of constant inspiration.

His legacy will be completed at the Laver Cup, a formidable competition that he himself helped create and in which he will say goodbye. Don’t miss it.