Lynette Federer suggested that she and Robert Federer were prepared for Roger’s retirement as they sensed retirement approaching after the tall Swiss suffered major knee problems. Federer’s career came to an end at the Laver Cup on Friday.
Federer, 41, has had three knee surgeries in the past two and a half years. “Robbie and I have long wrestled with the idea that it’s over. Because of his age, but also because of his various injuries. In between there was always hope, but then we realized: It (the right knee) is no longer good enough,” Lynette Federer told the Tagesanzeiger.
Lynette Federer: “Robbie and I have grappled with the thought that it will end for a long time. Age-related, but also because of his various injuries. In between there was always hope, but then we realized: It (the right knee) is no longer good enough.
Mama Federer on Roger’s most painful defeat
In the 2019 Wimbledon final, Federer missed two consecutive championship points on his serve in the fifth set against Novak Djokovic. “The 2019 Wimbledon final against Djokovic,” revealed Lynette Federer.
What was the hardest part (disappointment)?
Extended: The 2019 Wimbledon final against Djokovic (when he missed two match points).
RF: Or the two semifinal losses to Djokovic at the US Open (where he also missed two match points in 2010 and 2011).” via @tagesanzeiger — Brian🇨🇭 (@camerlengo73_2) September 24, 2022
Federer ended his career with 20 Grand Slams – two fewer than Rafael Nadal and one fewer than Novak Djokovic.
Still, there are some who believe Federer deserves to be considered a GOAT. When asked about the GOAT debate, Mama Federer left it up to tennis fans to decide for themselves who the real GOAT is. “I think everyone should decide for themselves who their greatest tennis player is,” explained Linette Federer.
Lynette Federer on the GOAT debate 🐐
After teaming up with Rafael Nadal in his last match, Federer delivered a very emotional speech as he burst into tears multiple times.
Most importantly, Federer had a memorable farewell. “The match, yes, in itself, sure, is special, but it’s really everything that happened after that, because I didn’t know who would come to sing, what would happen, where to go, what to expect was me or how long it would take,” Federer said after his last game.
“Then I look around and see how everyone got emotional, obviously it’s better or worse, I’m not sure what to say.”