Tennis loses another of its stars. After the retirement of one of the best tennis players in history, Serena Williams, the time has also come for men’s tennis: Roger Federer has said goodbye to the world of tennis. In a social post, the Swiss explained that his physical condition did not support him enough to resume his professional career, that he saw his last match at Wimbledon 2021, with his defeat against Hubert Hurkacz.
A career plagued by numerous records: from the number of victories obtained to the triumphs in the Slam and the ATP classification. In the world ranking, Roger Federer holds a record that no other tennis player can hold yet: 237 consecutive weeks as number one in the world.
It was on February 2, 2004 that the Swiss star topped the rankings for the first time, the 23rd in tennis history. The day after his victory at the Australian Open, which he won against Marta Safin, the first page of history was written and of a domain that would last until August 17, 2008.
For more than four years, the Swiss champion never abandoned the throne that he had conquered: meanwhile, two titles in Australia, four Wimbledons and three US Opens; These last two Slams he also won consecutively. A dominance that came to an end when the three remaining members of what would later become the Fab Four burst into tennis and began setting their own records.
It was, in fact, Rafael Nadal who snatched the title that he had held for these four years: on August 18, 2008, it was the Spaniard who became the new number one. None of them managed to do better than Roger Federer: Djokovic, who holds the record for weeks as number one, stopped at 122 consecutive weeks, in the turn of 2014 and 2016.
Nadal, for his part, has not had a great relationship with the top of the ranking: a romantic relationship sometimes, but never really continuous.
Paganini talks about Federer
Great architect of Roger Federer’s overall success, Pierre Paganini, physical trainer of Swiss players for decades, returned to the announcement of Roger’s retirement as well as his chances of playing in the Laver Cup, the last competition of his career.
“In July it became quite clear that a return to the circuit would become impossible, at that time we were combining the different elements in training,” the physical trainer told Blick before answering the famous question about his participation in the Laver Cup.
“It will probably be a last-minute decision, he has practiced in such a way that he collects as much information as possible to know if it is a good idea or not. Either way, I’m excited.”