Tennis loses another one of its stars. After the retirement of one of history’s greatest tennis players, Serena Williams, it’s time for men’s tennis too: Roger Federer has retired from the tennis world. In a social post, the Swiss explained that his physical condition did not support him enough to resume his professional career, seeing his last game at Wimbledon 2021, with his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz.
A career plagued by countless records: from the number of victories achieved to the triumphs in the Slam and ATP standings. In the world ranking, Roger Federer holds a record that no other tennis player can hold: 237 consecutive weeks as the world’s number one.
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 Australian Open victory, 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 left the throne he had conquered: meanwhile two titles in Australia, four Wimbledons and three US Opens; He also won these last two Slams in a row. 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.
Indeed, it was Rafael Nadal who took the title he had held for four years: on August 18, 2008, it was the Spaniard who became the new number one. None of them did better than Roger Federer: Djokovic, who holds the record at number one for weeks, stopped at 122 consecutive weeks, around the turn of 2014 and 2016.
Nadal, for his part, doesn’t have a great relationship with the top of the rankings: 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 announce Roger’s retirement and his chances of playing in the Laver Cup, the last competition of her career.
“In July it became quite clear that a return to the track was going to be impossible, at that point we were combining the different elements in the training,” the physical trainer told Blick before he famously asked about his participation in the Laver. Cup answered.
“It will probably be a last minute decision, he has practiced so much that he collects as much information as possible to know if it is a good idea or not. In any case, I’m excited.”