A day after Roger Federer’s announcement that subsequent week’s Laver Cup might be his remaining ATP occasion, World No. 7 Novak Djokovic on Friday wrote a farewell message, saying that the Swiss legend’s profession set the tone for attaining excellence and lead with integrity and poise. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, on Thursday caught the tennis and sports activities world without warning by asserting his retirement from top-level tennis. The 41-year-old has struggled with a knee drawback for the previous three years which have restricted him to solely three of the 11 Grand Slams staged for the reason that begin of 2020. He has not performed a aggressive match since dropping to Hubert Hurkacz within the quarter-finals at Wimbledon final summer season.
_ 24 years.
_ 1526 singles matches.
_ 1,251 wins.
_ 310 weeks as No. 1.
_ 103 titles.
2__0__ Grand Slams.
_ 0 match retirements.
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“Roger it is exhausting to see today and put into phrases all that we have shared on this sport collectively. Over a decade of unbelievable moments and battles to suppose again on. Your profession has set the tone for what it means to attain excellence and lead with integrity and poise. It is an honour to know you on and off the court docket, and for a lot of extra years to return,” Djokovic wrote on Instagram.
“I do know that this new chapter will maintain wonderful issues for you, Mirka, the youngsters, all of your family members, and Roger followers nonetheless have loads to look ahead to. From our household to yours, we want you a lot pleasure, well being, and prosperity sooner or later. Wanting ahead to celebrating your achievements and seeing you in London. @rogerfederer,” he added.
Djokovic and Federer met 50 occasions of their ATP head-to-head collection. Their remaining 46 matches got here within the semifinals or remaining of a match, or on the ATP Finals. The 35-year-old Djokovic surpassed Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slams when he captured the Wimbledon title this 12 months.
Among the many ‘Large Three’, Rafael Nadal has the utmost quantity (22) of Grand Slam trophies.