Every sport has that one personality or sportsman which every kid grows up watching, and every boy or girl takes inspiration from. These are the times when a class of a player doesn’t matter anymore, but some players show us that each sport needs to have some level of the classical approach. Today we bid farewell to one of the greats of a gentleman sport, Tennis, a champion of champions, ROGER FEDERER.
Time and the human body’s wear and tear have made us say Goodbye to our childhood inspiration and hero of the sport. There has never been a period of dominance greater than the tripod of Federer-Nadal-Djokovic. Reasonably, Roger is and will be the greatest player.
Although both Nadal and Djokovic have overshadowed his achievements, Roger brought style to the game which the other pair couldn’t bring. The backhand was so strong and reflexes so efficient that none could do it better than the man himself.
Roger was a Wimbledon Junior Champion in 1998 and he won his first major singles in Wimbledon in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, he made 21 out of 28 major ATP finals, and won 3 of the four majors and ATP finals.
He also won 5 Wimbledon titles consecutively and the US open. In Singles, his record was 1251-275. In doubles, his record was 131-92. He has won 6 Australian Open titles, One French Open title, 8 Wimbledon titles, and 5 US Open titles. That is just the tip of the iceberg. He also played and won Doubles titles. He won a Gold medal in the 2008 Olympics and a Silver at the 2012 London Olympics.
Reaction to Roger’s Retirement:
“I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court. We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still lots of things to do together, we know that. For now, I truly wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your kids, your family and enjoy what’s ahead of you.”
“I wanted to find the perfect way to say this, as you so eloquently put this game to rest – perfectly done, just like your career. I have always looked up to you and admired you. Our paths were always so similar, so much the same. You inspired countless millions and millions of people – including me – and we will never forget”.
Swiss President Ignazio Cassis:
“What a career, what a champion. Thank you Roger Federer for all the matches, victories, defeats and emotions we were able to experience. The Swiss couldn’t be prouder!”
Sachin Tendulkar, Former Cricketer:
“What a career, Roger Federer. 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. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.”
Billie Jean King:
“Roger Federer is a champion’s champion. He has the most complete game of his generation & captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with an amazing quickness on the court & a powerful tennis mind. He has had a historic career w/memories that will live on and on”.
“Roger has been one of my idols and a source of inspiration! Thank you for everything you have done for our sport! I still want to play with you! Wish you all the luck in the world for what comes next!”
“Cheers Roger. Thanks for the shared memories my friend. It was an honor to share time/experiences on the most hallowed grounds in our sport. Don’t be a stranger.”
“The greatest of all time. King Roger,”
Federer has played in an era where he dominated men’s tennis along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the Big Three, collectively considered by some to be the three most successful male tennis players of all time. Happy Retirement to the great Roger Federer.