Roger Federer's decision to retire
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Rafael Nadal says Roger Federer’s decision to retire from tennis is a “sad day” for the sport.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, announced on Thursday that he will retire after the Laver Cup this month.
Only Spaniard Nadal at 22 majors and Serbian Novak Djokovic at 21 have more Grand Slam men’s singles titles than the 41-year-old.
“Dear Roger, my friend, and rival. I wish this day had never come,” Nadal posted on social media. “It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world.”
Nadal beat Federer 24 times in 40 matches in one of the most famous rivalries in tennis history.
“It has been a pleasure for me but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you and to experience so many incredible moments on and off the pitch,” Nadal said. “We will have many more moments together in the future, there is still a lot to do together, we know that.
“At this time, I really wish you all the happiness with your wife Mirka, your children, and your family, and enjoy what lies ahead. See you in London. “The most complete game of its generation”
Federer made his professional debut in 1998 aged 16 and won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003. All England Tennis Club chairman Ian Hewitt has praised Federer for his “truly remarkable career”.
“He will forever be hailed as one of our greatest Wimbledon champions, having lifted the trophy eight times in his 22 appearances for the All England Club,” Hewitt added. 12-time Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King says Federer is a ‘champion’s champion.
“He has the most complete game of his generation and has captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with incredible speed on the court and a strong tennis spirit,” she tweeted.
Former world number one Rod Laver also wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for everything Roger. See you soon.”
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Eighteen-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova said of Federer’s announcement: “What a heartfelt message, full of love, life, hope, passion, and gratitude. is exactly how Roger played the game we love so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the magic!”
Stan Wawrinka, who won double gold for Switzerland alongside Federer at the 2008 Olympics, said: “Always grateful for all the memories on and off the pitch. Tennis will never be the same without you. Enjoy the next chapter of your life with your beautiful family.”
ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi said: “He has spearheaded a new era of incredible growth and increased the popularity of our sport. Few athletes have transcended their field in this way ”.
Former UK number one Annabel Croft told BBC Radio 5 Live: “When I think of Roger Federer, I think of his grace, his fluidity, his beauty, the way he played tennis. “What a great icon for sport, he more or less transcended it. “He was also someone who was incredibly strong mentally. During most of the games he played, he had a huge target on his back. But he seemed to enjoy and enjoy being under pressure.”
US Open champion and number one in men, Carlos Alcaraz, tweeted that Federer was “one of my idols and a source of inspiration”, while the highest scoring player, Iga Swiatek, thanked Federer for all that. he did it for the sport of tennis he had done. Former Swiss Davis Cup captain Claudio Mezzadri called Federer “much more than just a tennis player”.
“He’s an incredible career, he’s been playing for 24 years. He’s played over 1,500 games. It’s something you can’t possibly imagine. He was such a nice guy, he was amazing to watch with the elegance and style he showed. He had. and he still did, but he was also a great man out of court.

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