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The legacy of Roger Federer, the last gentleman of tennis

In a short time, a new change of era began. First, with the retro of Serena Williams. And now, a handful of days ago, with theroger federer ad. Since then, tennis is no longer the same.

The 41-year-old Swiss (Basel, Switzerland, August 8, 1981) and winner of 20 Grand Slam tournaments He announced his retirement when he realized that his body was no longer in a position to continue in the top elite. The talented tennis player was part of a golden age for world sport with that trio of exquisite players along with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic y Andy Murray. The legendary Big 4 began its work in 2001 when Federer he was 21 years old and beat his idol Pete Samprason field number 1 of Wimbledona tournament he won eight times.

The world embraced him and loved him like no other player. Charisma and talent in its purest form, Federer He knew how to modify behaviors of the past that had him as a wayward player who broke rackets in his time as a junior player, in which he shouted and cursed himself.

That change, added to his exquisite way of playing, elevated him to the position of tennis artist. Elegant, as if he were a dancer on any surface, he showed in each game a symphony of blows with a fluidity never seen before. see to Federer always invited to immerse yourself in a sensory experience in which tennis was the perfect excuse to see a wonder that never left a match due to injury or illness. never in his 1,526 singles matches (of which he won 1,251) or his 223 doubles, he left a court. Only on a few occasions did he walk over (no show).

And that, without a doubt, the public always applauded as a return of mutual gratitude. By case, Jimmy Connorsthe only man who played more circuit games than Federer, he retired in 14 circuit singles matches. While Djokovic he did it 13 times and Nadal, in nine. A clear indicator of his physical and mental strength, even when things didn’t work out for him. Because, it must be said, of course Federer failed and lost. But in those moments, the Swiss knew how to maintain his composure, distinction and chivalry.

In addition, his physique always accompanied him. Of Australia 2000 a Australia 2016, Federer he participated in 65 consecutive major tournaments. The raid of him in Grand Slam outshone in Roland Garross in 2016, a tournament he was unable to play due to injury.

This will be Roger Federer’s last match

The reign was Roger Federer:

The reign of the Swiss began, step by step, until he became a notable winner. His professional debut in July 1998 in Gstaad, against Argentine Lucas Arnold Ker, a month before his 17th birthday. When he reached the top of the world rankings, he stayed for a long time.

Accessed number 1 in the world on February 2, 2004, with 22 years and 5 months. And he is the oldest player at number 1, when he climbed to that position in February 2018, at 36 years and 6 months. In fact, finished the season as number one five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009). Since 2021, the record has Djokovicwho finished the season seven times at the top of world tennis.

He was 310 weeks as 1 in the world, including 237 consecutive. She did it between February 2004 and August 2008, a record that still remains in her hands.

He won the year-end Masters six times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011), a tournament that brings together the eight best players of the season. Escorted by the best Stan Wawrinka, he gave Switzerland its only Davis Cup, in 2014.

He won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, which places him as the third player with the most major titles, behind Novak Djokovic’s 21 and Rafael Nadal’s 22. In Grand Slam he had 369 victories, 27 in a row between 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, years in which he had 41 consecutive victories and 17 finals in a row.

The one that cost the most was Roland Garroswho won it only in 2009. In addition, he stayed six times with the Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018), eight Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017) y cinco US Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

He won eight doubles titles, including the Olympic gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, with Stan Wawrinka.

Between Indian Wells 2004 and Miami 2019, he collected 28 Masters 1000 and the only ones in that category that he couldn’t get were Monte Carlo and Romea, on brick dust, precisely, the surface on which he least imposed his skills. Of course, there, he always collided with Rafael Nadalthe king of brick dust.

In numbers, the tennis grandmasterdepending on the ATP site, earned $130,594,339. and the magazine Forbes reported that it is in fifth place among those who had the most profits. With 1.09 billion dollars, the Swiss shares that space behind Tiger Woods (1720 million), Cristiano Ronaldo (1240), LeBron James (1160) y Lionel Messi (1150). Even without playing official matches since July of last year, he was the athlete who obtained the most money: 90 million in sponsors.

Roger Federer: beyond tennis

The sport, more precisely tennis, gave him a unique visibility and Federer knew very well what to do, on and off the court. With the foundation that bears his name, he decided to leave something more than his talent to play. For this reason, it helps children living in poverty and has already spent 15 million dollars to open more than 80 schools in Malawi, southeast Africa, and donated 1 million in US currency to deal with food shortages for 64,000 African children while schools were closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was 24 years of a successful career in the top elite and the sport already misses Roger Federer, the tennis artist. Even before his last show at the Rod Laver Cup, a tournament he authored.

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