Roger Federer He is facing his last moments as an active tennis player. The Swiss knows that the Laver Cup It will be his last competition as a professional, so the world of tennis will experience one of the most emotional moments of the last years with the withdrawal of one of the great players of recent years. The farewell to the myth closes a stage in world sport and, with it, opens the door for some of his incredible records can be overtaken by their rivals.

It will be this Friday when the legend hangs up his racket definitively, and he will do it just as he always wanted it to be: with Rafa Nadal as partner. “It is clear that the most beautiful thing would be to play the doubles match with Nadal, because it has been my great rivalry,” he stated just a few days ago. Now, it is official that this Friday, in the second round, both will face Jack Sock Y Frances Tiafoe in a match that will be the final farewell to the Helvetian.

Photo: Federer will play his last match with Nadal.  (Reuters/David W Cerny)
Roger Federer’s dream ending: his last match will be with Rafa Nadal as a partner

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Precisely, Federer’s withdrawal confirms that Nadal will end his career with more Grand Slams than the Swiss, a milestone for the Spanish tennis player. But his goodbye means that many tennis world records are permanently closed and that, now, the rest of the players on the circuit are fighting hard to try to overcome them. And there is one of them that confirms the long time during which Federer has been one of the great tennis players in history.

The Swiss has the honor of being the only player in history to have won more than one hundred matches in two different Grand Slams, with 105 wins at Wimbledon and 102 at the Australian Open. While Nadal has the possibility of being the player with the most wins in the same ‘big’ – right now, he has 112 at Roland Garros for the 120 he achieved Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon-, the truth is that Novak Djokovic He is facing the opportunity of his career.

Federer will retire playing doubles with Nadal.

And it is that the numbers of the Serb in Grand Slam are really good, which confirms his great ability to be competitive on all surfaces. To this day, Djokovic adds 82 wins at the Australian Open, 85 at Roland Garros, 86 at Wimbledon and 81 at the US Open. Or, put another way, at 35 years old, if he is able to continue at his level -and if the absence of a vaccination schedule allows it-, the Serbian has the option of exceeding a hundred victories in all ‘large’.

It will not be an easy mission, because for this he would have to win (almost) everything for several years to be able to fight for a record that no tennis player has achieved before. Winning a Grand Slam means winning seven matches And, if he does, the closest record he has on the horizon is at the All England Club, where winning two titles would put him at a hundred wins. It is not an easy mission, but he has in his hand what has never been seen in world tennis.

Federer’s last match at Wimbledon.

To put Djokovic’s numbers in context, you just have to compare them with those of Federer and Nadal: the Swiss has 102 wins at the Australian Open, 73 at Roland Garros, 105 at Wimbledon and 89 at the US Open; and the Spaniard has 76 wins in Australia, 112 at Roland Garros, 58 at Wimbledon and 67 at the US Open. Namely, Nole’s statistics speak for themselves and the possibility of continuing to increase his records is a realityand more after the goodbye of Federer.

There are only six tennis players in history who have been able to exceed one hundred Grand Slam victories: Martina Navratilova (120 at Wimbledon), Rafael Nadal (112 at Roland Garros), Serena Williams (108 at the US Open), Roger Federer (105 at Wimbledon), Roger Federer (102 at the Australian Open) and Chris Evert (101 at the US Open). Djokovic is on his way to achieving it in the ‘big’ four: can he do it? We will only know in the next few years.

Roger Federer He is facing his last moments as an active tennis player. The Swiss knows that the Laver Cup It will be his last competition as a professional, so the world of tennis will experience one of the most emotional moments of the last years with the withdrawal of one of the great players of recent years. The farewell to the myth closes a stage in world sport and, with it, opens the door for some of his incredible records can be overtaken by their rivals.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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