The Swiss icon announced his forthcoming retirement in an extended post to his social media accounts yesterday, where he also posted a video alongside the statement.
The former world No.1 hasn’t took part in a professional match since suffering a setback with an ongoing knee injury at Wimbledon in 2021, undergoing a third knee surgery in the aftermath.
It looked likely that he would make his long awaited return at the Laver Cup next week, but the veteran admitted that he had to listen to his body and he has made the decision to end his career in the upcoming team competition.
If you ask 100 tennis fans who the GOAT of the sport is, the majority of people would respond with ‘Roger Federer’. He took that mantle when he surpassed Pete Sampras’ Grand Slam tally of 14, and he hasn’t looked back since!
Having said this, Federer will still retire with plenty of records to his name – nine to be exact, as per The Express, despite seeing his Big Three rivals surpass him when it comes to Grand Slams.
Federer’s records over Nadal & Djokovic
Djokovic passed the Swiss superstar’s record for most all-time weeks at world No.1 in ATP history last year, but Federer still holds the record for the most consecutive weeks there, with 237 in a row being the record tally.
He also became the oldest-ever ATP world no.1 back in 2018 at the age of 36 years and 10 months.
While his Grand Slam record was overtaken, he still holds the most ATP Finals titles in history with six, though, Djokovic is quickly catching up on five.
Elsewhere, Federer is the only player in ATP history to reach 10 consecutive finals at major level, starting at Wimbledon in 2005, finishing at the US Open in 2007, he is the only man to win three of the Grand Slams at least five times and is the only man to reach the final of all four majors in the same season three times over.
Stats like this is exactly why he’s considered the GOAT of tennis by many.
Djokovic may have recently overtaken Federer’s record of 31 Grand Slam final appearances, but the Swiss still holds the record for most semi-final and quarter-final appearances with 46 and 58 respectively.
He also went on an unbeaten streak at the US Open, winning five consecutive titles from 2004 through to 2008.
We all now cannot wait to see Roger Federer depart the tennis scene next week at the Laver Cup.