'Roger Federer has been voted the most popular player for...', says analyst

‘Roger Federer has been voted the most popular player for…’, says analyst

As everyone knows, Roger Federer said goodbye to tennis practice at the Laver Cup. At the exhibition held at London’s O2 Arena from September 23-25, the Swiss played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal against Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

At the end of the match, the 41-year-old from Basel received a splendid tribute that moved everyone to tears. The former World No. 1 calmly accepted the idea of ​​retiring, realizing that he could no longer compete at the highest level.

The 20-time Slam champion had attempted a timid comeback last year, with nine wins and four losses. His hope was that this last surgical intervention would allow him to take one last lap in 2023, but his knee did not respond adequately.

The MRI to which he underwent last July confirmed that there was no further progress. During a recent interview, Marin Cilic wanted to pay tribute to Federer. Both have always had great respect for each other, in addition to having met in two Slam finals (Wimbledon 2017 and Australian Open 2018).

“Roger Federer is a legend and an icon, who took tennis to another dimension” – said Cilic. “His withdrawal from him was a jug of cold water for everyone, he will be greatly missed,” added the Croatian. Marin plans to play for a long time: “I turned professional in 2005 and I want to continue enjoying this sport.

The truth is that I love tennis more than anything else. I love traveling the world and being on tour. My wife makes fun of me because I watch tennis even when I’m on vacation. I will continue to be associated with this sport even after I hang up my racket.

For now I don’t think about it, I want to play another four or five years.”

King Roger is a former No.1

Sue Barker, the former Wimbledon and BBC presenter, has picked Roger Federer as her GOAT over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“I look at the way they play and Roger Federer made the game look so easy. Also, the role model he was to kids and his popularity around the world is second to none. He has been voted the most popular player for 20 years in a row.

We were so lucky to have him playing until he was 40 and for me, I would still say at the moment that Roger is the best for everything he stands for and what he has given the sport,” she said. Barker picked Djokovic to get the all-time Grand Slam record and called Nadal’s record at Roland Garros ‘incredible’

“Djokovic might well end up with the most Grand Slam titles and what Nadal has achieved at the French Open with his 14 titles is just incredible.”

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