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GOAT, records, Swiss: Everything you always wanted to know about Roger Federer (but never had time to find out) – update after Laver Cup, retirement and emotional farewell

Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, if not the greatest. Here are the answers to some questions you might ask about the Swiss, who played his final professional match at the 2022 Laver Cup

Roger Federer, 2018 Australian Open Roger Federer, 2018 Australian Open

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Is Roger Federer retiring?

Yes. On Thursday, September 15, Roger Federer announced that he will be retiring from professional tennis due to his ongoing knee issues. The 41-year-old played his final match at the 2022 Laver Cup on Friday September 23, 2022 at the O2 Arena.

Federer partnered with rival and close friend Rafael Nadal and the duo went down to Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 7-6, 11-9.

Federer made his retirement announcement on social media with the letter, which he also read out.

Having had two knee operations in 2020 – and missed 13 months of the Tour – Federer returned to action in March 2021 but played only fleetingly up to Wimbledon. In August 2021, he announced he would need a third operation on his right knee and would be out for “several months”.

On November 17, 2021, in an interview with Swiss newspapers “Tribune de Geneve” and “24 heures”, Federer said he would not be back in time for the Australian Open and described himself as “incredibly unlikely” to play at Wimbledon in 2022. However, the 40-year-old had still harboured hopes that he could enjoy some big moments on the ATP Tour until his announcement.

“The past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer said in a statement on social media. “I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.

“I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I would ever have dreamt and now I must recognise when it’s time to end my competitive career.”

He signed off his career in an emotional farewell at London’s O2, which had almost all of his team-mates in tears as he thanked everyone for their part in his career.

What is the nature of Roger Federer’s injury?

In August, 2021, Roger Federer announced that he would be having a third operation on his right knee. The operation went well but recovery will take longer than first thought. He remained hopeful until just after Wimbledon, 2022, when he received the results of another scan.

“Then I also got a scan back which wasn’t what I wanted it to be,” he said at the Laver Cup on September 21. “At some point you sit down and go, OK, we are at an intersection here, at a crossroad, and you have to take a turn. Which way is it?

“I was not willing to go into the direction of let’s risk it all. I’m not ready for that.

How did Federer describe his decision to retire?

At a press conference at the Laver Cup, Federer explained why he had used the word “bittersweet” in his retirement letter.

“The bitterness, you always want to play forever,” he said. “I love being out on court, I love playing against the guys, I love travelling. I never really felt like it was that hard for me to do, of winning, learn from losing, it was all perfect. I love my career from every angle. That’s the bitter part.

“The sweet part was that I know everybody has to do it at one point. Everybody has to leave the game. It’s been a great, great journey. For that, I’m really grateful.”

What is Federer’s best tournament?

The Swiss is beloved at Wimbledon, where he won eight career singles titles and amassed 105 lifetime wins against just 14 losses. The Swiss last won the title in 2017 and he last reached the final in 2019 where he fell in a dramatic five-set final to Novak Djokovic after holding two championship points.

Roger Federer - Wimbledon 2017 (1)
Roger Federer celebrates after winning Wimbledon for the eighth time in 2017 @Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

How many Grand Slam titles has Federer won?

Federer is in third position for the most Grand Slam singles titles won in men’s tennis history with 20. He has won eight at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open and one at Roland-Garros. As of August 2021, Federer owns 368 Grand Slam singles victories.

The all-time leader is Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who won his 22nd Grand Slam singles title at the 2022 French Open. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is currently in second position with after winning his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2022.

What did Roger Federer do at Wimbledon in 2021?

Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon
Switzerland’s Roger Federer during a press conference after losing his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon Image Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

After reaching the third round at Roland-Garros, Federer lost in the first round at Halle but despite not being at 100 percent, he made it all the way to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in straight sets.

Has Roger Federer turned 40?

Yes, the Swiss legend celebrated his 41th birthday on August 8, 2022.

When was Roger Federer born?

Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. “I am very proud to be Swiss“, he says. He won the Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2014. He plays the Basel Open each year, a tournament where he was a ball kid during the 1990s.

What is Federer’s nationality?

Federer is Swiss. He was born and grew up in Swiss-German. He also has a South-African passport through his mother, Lynette Durand, who was born in Kempton Park.

Davis Cup champions Switzerland in 2014: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka et Seve Luthi (Sui)

Who is Federer’s wife?

On April 11, 2009, Federer married Miroslava Vavrinec from Slovakia, better known as Mirka. She is a former pro tennis player (career-high No 76). Mirka met her future husband during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where they took part for Switzerland. After retiring from pro sports in 2002, at only 24, because of a recurring foot injury, Mirka then became Federer’s career manager.

Roger Federer with his wife Mirka

Who is Roger Federer’s coach?

Federer has been coached since 2007 by Severin Luthi, the captain of the Switzerland team in Davis Cup, which they won together in 2014. Luthi was joined on Federer’s staff in 2016 by the Croat, Ivan Ljubicic, who followed Stefan Edberg, another former player who helped Federer from 2014 to 2015. “Fed” has also been trained by Tony Roche, José Higueras and Paul Annacone during his professional career.

Who are Federer’s parents?

Robert Federer and Lynette Durand are his parents, both of them employees in a pharmaceutical company when they met, in 1970. His father is Swiss and his mother is South-African, with French and Dutch ancestry.

Who is Federer’s agent?

Tony Godsick became his agent in 2005, when the Swiss signed with IMG. They left in 2013 to create together Team8. This management agency has famous sports clients including Juan Martin Del Potro, Coco Gauff and Alexander Zverev, as well as non-tennis sportsmen (like hockey goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist). In 2017, the agency launched the Laver Cup, which is held every year between a team representing Europe and one from the Rest of the World, and organises “The Match in Africa”, a charity event.

How many children does Federer have?

Mirka Federer, Roger Federer's wife, with their four children at Wimbledon's final in 2017

Federer has four children with his wife, Mirka. The couple have two sets of twins; two girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, born on 24th July, 2009, and two boys, Leo and Lenny, born on 6th May, 2014. His four children attended Federer’s 19th Grand Slam title, at Wimbledon in 2017.

Why is Federer called the GOAT?

Federer is considered by many as the GOAT (“Greatest Of All Time”), as much for all the silverware he accumulated, an objective criteria, as his game style, which is more subjective. The Swiss has won 20 Grand Slam titles (six at the Australian Open, one French Open, eight at Wimbledon and five at the US Open). Federer has won 103 ATP Tour titles and still holds the record for most titles at the season-ending ATP Finals, with six.

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