Saturday, December 10, 2022

Tennis won’t be the same without Federer

Sin Federer, el tenis no será igual

The world of tennis and the world of sports in general said goodbye to one of the greatest of all time last Friday, 23 September. Roger Federer,

To say goodbye, the Swiss chose Laver Cupand chose to play personally with his great friend, his greatest historical rival in the game, Rafael Nadal,

His Majesty said goodbye amidst tears, Nadal also cried on such an important day in both of their lives.

Statistics showed that they lost 6–4, 6–7 (2–7) and 9–11 against Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, who fought hard to secure the victory. Although very few people noticed the result, very few headlines that night monopolized both sock-tifo,

just a few days ago, Serena Williams He played what apparently seemed to be his last official match, although the American superstar has yet to issue a statement about it.

Tennis Won'T Be The Same Without Federer

The tennis world bowed to the greatness of Roger Federer (Photo: Laver Cup Facebook page)

Now it was Federer’s turn, who at the age of 41 decided to discontinue his racket. Meanwhile, Rafa’s moment seems to be drawing to a close. An immutable generation? Maybe yes. Not only because of his undeniable and matchless talent, but because of the amount he has represented for world sport. His legacy goes beyond tennis.

As I expressed with Serena a few days ago, it is clear that, without Federer, nothing would be the same. His talent, his exquisite technique, his elegance on the dance floor will be remembered for years. And it is that the Swiss contributed a unique way of understanding easy and natural tennis, with which they attracted millions of people around the world.

His dimension as an athlete is completely out of the debate as to who was better, if he or Rafael Nadal, although some insist on an unquestioning number one quest. The fact is that one could not be understood without the other; Or tennis without them.

His record does not fully reflect his greatness, and is that, in sport, the true dimension is not measured or expressed in mere titles and trophies. Roger was surpassed for his attitude off the slopes, even as he took defeat along the way.

The pandemic, an injury to his right knee, and subsequent surgery resulted in notable absences over the past three seasons. Before the Laver Cup clash, he had spent fourteen months without playing an official match as he did at Wimbledon last year.

The last grand he achieved was in 2018 when he was declared champion of the Australian Open, just like he did a year earlier when he also won Wimbledon; This comes after five years of total drought.

In total he won twenty Grand Slams, making him the third-highest man of all time, behind only Novak Djokovic (21) and Rafael Nadal (22).

He won eight (2003, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 12, 17) at Wimbledon, six Australian Open (04, 06, 07, 10, 17, 18), five US Open (04, 05, achieved. 06, 07, 08) and a Roland Garros (09).

Tennis Won'T Be The Same Without Federer

Roger Federer chose the Laver Cup to say goodbye to professional tennis (Photo: Laver Cup Facebook page)

Many may not know that on three occasions (04, 06 and 07) he came close to equaling Rod Laver’s feat as the only player to win all four Grand Slams in a single season.

In two of those three years, Basel’s talent reached the Roland Garros final, although he lost to Spanish Rafael Nadal on both occasions (06, 07).

What is also lesser known is that between 2005 and 2010, her glory played in 19 Grand Slam finals, leaving only the 2008 Australian Open. She did not miss any in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Roger “tired of winning”, even though he was matched over time with two other true demons, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, against whom he also had to lose.

Roger, who was active for 24 years, also won a gold and a silver medal in the Olympics. In London 2012 he had to settle for subtitles in singles after losing in the final against British Andy Murray, but had won the doubles four years earlier with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.

His 103 ATP titles rank him as the second-highest winner behind only Jimmy Connors (109). He is also the only tennis player to have won the Grand Slam five or more times three out of four times. His 310 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings ranked him as the second-best on the list, surpassed only by Djokovic (373), although no one has been so consistently (237).

At the O2 Arena in London, Roger Federer ended an illustrious sporting career filled with victories, records and exploits. We can say without fear of being wrong that hanging racket is a living myth. That’s why there are so many tears in the eyes of Nadal, the people there and the millions of fans watching the match.

One of the most iconic athletes of all time, His Excellency Roger Federer is retiring. Without him, tennis would not be the same.

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Daniel Gotye Torres


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