More than 19 years after profitable his first Grand Slam identify at Wimbledon in 2003, which set him at the highway to being acclaimed as the best participant of all time, Federer within the early hours of Saturday bade farewell to tennis.
He used to be not able to complete with a victory, shedding his doubles fit for Team Europe on the Laver Cup along long-time rival Rafael Nadal.
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At the age of 41 and seeking to recuperate from a 3rd knee surgical procedure in 18 months, the nice Swiss has bowed to the inevitable march of time.
“… to be saying goodbye on a team, I always felt I was a team player at heart. Singles doesn’t really do that but… https://t.co/FKuk6t8NjY
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He leaves the sport with 20 Grand Slams, including eight Wimbledons, 103 titles and more than $130 million in prize money alone, all driven by a rare grace, laser precision and a signature one-handed backhand.
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Self-confidence was never an issue — who else could have walked on to Wimbledon Center Court sporting a bespoke cream blazer with an embroidered crest?
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The artistry associated with the Swiss brought him a global legion of fans bedecked in ‘RF’ hats and gave him an aura that few attain.
A columnist once famously even penned a gushing article headlined “Federer as Religious Experience”.
Federer also held the world number one spot for 310 weeks, including 237 consecutive weeks between February 2004 and August 2008.
His net worth was estimated in 2019 at $450 million and such is the cash-register recognition of the Federer brand that in 2018, he penned a 10-year, $300 million deal with clothing manufacturer Uniqlo.
He was 36 at the time.
In his prime, Federer bamboozled the left opponents.
“I threw the kitchen sink at him however he went to the toilet and were given his bathtub,” sighed an exhausted Andy Roddick after losing the 2004 Wimbledon final.
Off court, however, he is Federer the family man, the father of two sets of twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and Leo and Lenny with wife Mirka, a former player he met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
His path to super-stardom was not always so settled.
As a skilled younger participant, Federer’s hair-trigger mood threatened to stunt his development.
“I had a difficult time getting my act in combination out on court docket, seeking to behave correctly. For me that used to be a large deal,” he admitted.
At just 19, Federer famously defeated personal hero Pete Sampras at the 2001 Wimbledon tournament.
Twelve months later, however, Federer exited Wimbledon in the first round.
It took a personal tragedy for him to press the reset button.
Just before he turned 21, his coach and close friend from his formative years, Peter Carter, was killed in a car crash in South Africa.
From that point on, the multi-lingual Federer committed himself to winning in style, no longer consumed by his inner demons.
Born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, to Swiss father Robert and South African mother Lynette, Federer started playing tennis at eight.
Turning pro in 1998, he won his first ATP title in Milan in 2001 and racked up trophies every year with the exception of 2016, 2020 — when he played only the Australian Open — and 2021, another curtailed season.
His first extended rest, to recover from a knee injury caused by running a bath for his two daughters, led to a 2017 renaissance, with a refreshed Federer winning an 18th major at the Australian Open.
It was after the first of his Australian Open titles in 2004 that he claimed the world number one ranking for the first time.
Federer has eight Wimbledons, six Australian Open titles, five US Opens and a single Roland Garros.
He won 28 Masters, a 2008 Olympic doubles gold medal with close friend Stan Wawrinka and a Davis Cup victory for Switzerland in 2014.
Had he not competed in the same era as Nadal, who has 22 majors, and Novak Djokovic, his trophy collection could have been more impressive.
Nadal, who has forged a close relationship with Federer, enjoyed a 24-16 head-to-head advantage.
Against Djokovic, with whom dealings were never as cordial as with the equally revered Nadal, Federer trailed 27-23.
They shared history in 2019 when the Serb triumphed in the longest-ever Wimbledon final of all time, just three minutes short of five hours.
Heartbreakingly for Federer, he squandered two championship points.
Since that day, Djokovic has also equaled and surpassed his 20-Slam mark and beaten his record for weeks at number one.
Despite the impressive numbers racked up over more than two decades, Federer admitted he still battled serious nerves before a big tennis occasion.
“Sometimes it slows down your legs, your pulse begins racing… that may rigidity you out a tad,” he said.
“I at all times say I’m glad I think that manner as it method I care. It’s now not like going in the course of the motions. That could be a terrible feeling, to be truthful.”
On the eve of his shattering defeat to Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final, Federer said he had not set any date for retiring.
“It’s simply discussions I at all times have with my spouse in regards to the circle of relatives, about my youngsters, is everyone glad on excursion, are we glad to close up and pass on excursion for 5, six, seven weeks. Are we keen to do this?” he said.
“For the time being, it sort of feels like completely no drawback, which is glorious.”
However, with a year lost to injury and the Covid-19 pandemic as well as a stalled comeback in 2021, Federer’s “glorious time” has after all ended.