Roger Federer won 20 Grand Slams, will play the last match in Laver Cup, know the big things about this legendary player’s game.
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A great era of tennis comes to an end today. roger federer Will play his last match in Laver Cup. The player with whom he has teamed up is none other than Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest players. Much has been written about Federer’s competition with Rafael Nadal. But between these two players, there was a great respect for each other. For this, the story will have to be ‘rewinded’ a bit. Actually, between 2012 and 2017, Roger Federer did not win any Grand Slam. This was big news in the tennis world. This discussion was going on fiercely that Roger Federer is now the best of the rest but not the best of the best. Federer’s age was also increasing continuously. This was the period when people started saying that a great era of tennis was on the verge of ending. There was a tremendous match between Federer and Nadal in this period.
When the Australian Open was won in 2017
He was Roger Federer. He knew very well what to do in court, more than that he knew what not to do. He hit the master stroke. In the final of the Australian Open in 2017, he defeated a powerful player like Rafael Nadal in a five-set match. Federer became emotional after this victory. He had said that he would have been happy even if he had lost against Nadal. He had said that there is no draw in tennis but if there was, he would have been happy to share the trophy with Nadal. Let us inform that in the 2017 Australian Open, Federer defeated Rafael Nadal by 64, 36, 61, 36, 63. Today the same Rafael Nadal will be Federer’s partner. This match will definitely be memorable for both the legends. Let us tell you that after the Australian Open, Roger Federer won Wimbledon in 2017 itself and once again the Australian Open in 2018.
When Federer was no longer in the top 2 players
At that time, questions were being raised on the performance of Roger Federer because his performance was continuously declining since 2010. He looked weak in Grand Slam matches. In every major tournament, the journey to the final was not being decided by him. This was the period when Federer was clearly visible out of the race of the top two players of this game. It has always been a tradition in the game of tennis that there are two great players in one round. Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic are examples of this in the last few decades. These stalwarts have had a fierce battle with their respective contemporaries. This was the time in Federer’s career when Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic snatched this place from him. Most of the Grand Slam finals played during that time were being fought between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
‘Skill’ and ‘Speed’ relationship with Federer
The agility required to cover the court is directly related to age. Federer is still very ahead in terms of skill, but in terms of speed, he seemed to be lagging behind. There has been heated debate on comparing the ages and performances of players across sports. It will continue to happen, but Federer once again challenged this debate by winning the Australian Open title in 2017 at the age of 35-36. Even today, hardly anyone will deny that he has been the greatest player of his era. Have been great players. He held the position of the world’s number one tennis player for more than two and a half weeks. He proved with his game that one cannot become Roger Federer just like that. Salute to this champion.