The previous couple of years of Federer’s profession have been marred by a collection of accidents, as he underwent two knee surgical procedures in 2020 and one other after he was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz within the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinal.
“As lots of you realize, the previous three years have introduced me with challenges within the type of accidents and surgical procedures,” he mentioned. “I’ve labored laborious to return to full aggressive type. However I additionally know my physique’s capacities and limits, and its message to me currently has been clear.”
Federer’s lengthy profession coincided with these of 22-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal and 21-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic, with whom he dominated males’s tennis for the final 20 years.
“I’d additionally prefer to thank my opponents on the court docket,” Federer mentioned.
“I used to be fortunate sufficient to play so many epic matches that I’ll always remember. We battled pretty, with ardour and depth, and I all the time tried my greatest to respect the historical past of the sport. I really feel extraordinarily grateful.”
Regardless of taking part in alongside two of the best gamers of all time, Federer has nonetheless damaged a number of information, together with changing into the oldest ever world No. 1 at age 36 and remaining on the high of the rankings for a file 237 consecutive weeks.
Amongst his many accolades, Federer gained a profession grand slam: the Australian Open six occasions, the French Open as soon as, the US Open 5 occasions, and Wimbledon — the match with which he was synonymous — a file eight occasions.
“This can be a bittersweet determination, as a result of I’ll miss the whole lot the tour has given me,” he mentioned. “However on the identical time, there may be a lot to have a good time. I think about myself one of the lucky individuals on Earth. I used to be given a particular expertise to play tennis, and I did it a degree that I by no means imagined, for for much longer than I ever thought attainable.”
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