'Roger Federer always made me feel a little frustrated', says former ace

“Roger Federer always frustrated me a bit,” says the former ace

Roger Federer’s recent appearance as a tennis pro brought many tears. The Swiss champion ended his legendary doubles career with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup, to be played from September 23-25 ​​at the O2 Arena in London.

The two were defeated by Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who were good at negating a match point on the king’s serve. At the end of the game, the 20-time Grand Slam champion received a great tribute and spoke a few words into Jim Courier’s microphones.

Both Roger and Rafa broke down in tears and held hands, an iconic image that went around the world in just seconds. The former ATP No. 1 accepted the idea of ​​retirement with aplomb, aware of his limitations and that he can no longer be competitive at a high level.

His right knee has caused him enormous problems over the past two and a half years, forcing him to undergo three surgeries. David Ferrer used nice words for Federer at Eurosport Spain.

Ferrer pays tribute to Federer

“On a professional level, I could never beat Roger Federer, even though we faced each other 17 times,” said Ferrer.

“He always frustrated me a bit in that regard, he was a player who changed rhythms very well during games, he controlled the ball perfectly, what he had on his wrist was pure talent.” The former world number no.

3, however, heaped great praise on the 41-year-old’s contribution to the sport. “In the end, you’re talking about Roger Federer when you’re not talking about the most charismatic player in the history of tennis,” continued the Spaniard.

“Besides the fact that he has contributed a lot to the health and progress of this sport, the rivalry he had with Rafa has meant that tennis has developed a lot so now tennis loses a little bit without him. Tennis is Roger Federer.”

In a recent conversation, Berdych discussed the GOAT debate and touched on how numbers can serve as a measure of greatness. However, players like Roger Federer have a significant impact on the sport that no statistic can overshadow.

He said: “Those who want to compare the biggest aces by number would find arguments for different players. The number of Grand Slam titles may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who leave a big mark.

I think Roger will make a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he has done for tennis cannot be outweighed by any results.”

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