END OF AN ERA – King Roger retires

TechNews Writer
Mon Sep 19, 2022

A sad week in the world of tennis. After more than 1500 matches over 24 years, the King of tennis has announced his retirement. The Greatest of all time closed his career with 20 Grand slam titles, spending five seasons as the No. 1 tennis player, and contributed to the era of men's tennis.

Roger Federer, a Swiss tennis player who was born in Basel, Switzerland, on August 8, 1981, dominated the game in the early twenty-first century. King Roger started playing tennis at the age of 8. In 2018, he became the first player to win 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles, winning a record eight Wimbledon crowns in the process.

Federer participated in the Sydney 2000 Olympics and made it to the bronze medal game.   By the end of 2002, he was ranked number six in the world.  At Wimbledon in 2003, Federer captured his first Grand Slam championship. The year after, he successfully defended his Wimbledon championship and won his first Australian Open and U.S. Open.

With an unorthodox grip, a talented shot-maker known for his forehand adds a significant amount of topspin to it. One of the most devastating tools ever used on a tennis court, it is regarded as one of the best forehands in tennis history.

Federer won 24 straight finals, which is a modern record, from July 2003 to November 2005. 2008 saw the end of Federer's record-breaking 65-match winning streak on grass courts as he fell to Nadal in the Wimbledon final. Later, Federer and Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland won the men's doubles gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In August 2008, Federer dropped the top spot in the world rankings to Nadal, ending his record-breaking run of 237 straight weeks at the top. Federer had a difficult 2013 season due to injuries, and in 2014, he only made it to one Grand Slam final. However, Federer's legacy is mostly unaffected by his encounters with and difficulties against fellow legends Nadal and Djokovic.

As the 17th-ranked male tennis player going into the Australian Open in 2017, he stunned the tennis world by defeating Nadal in a thrilling five-set final to win the singles title. At Wimbledon that year, Federer continued his comeback, going undefeated in sets and capturing a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon trophy. He is the oldest player to be ranked No.1 at the age of 36.

Federer has also received praise for his artistic manner of play from both professionals and fans. One of the very few athletes who has managed to blend easy grace with incredibly reliable outcomes is him. And because he has done so while conducting himself with respect both on and off the court, he has earned the hearts of people worldwide. Federer enjoys a high level of respect among his colleagues as seen by the record 13 times he has taken home the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, which is decided upon by the whole Association of Tennis professionals (ATP) field.

Happy Retirement Legend!!




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