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‘Roger Federer was still coming up’, says former Top 10

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Roger Federer took his leave of tennis practice this year realizing he could no longer compete at the highest level. The King did everything possible to give himself one last tour in 2023, but the state of his right knee forced him to resign.

The three operations that the Swiss has undergone in the last two and a half years have been useless. The 41-year-old from Basel had attempted a timid comeback in 2021, playing only 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon.

The 20-time Slam champion announced his decision to retire via a letter posted on Instagram and played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. However, the former world number 1 has vowed that he will not walk away from the sport that made him a global icon.

In this sense, it is reported that the Master could join the BBC commentary team at the next Wimbledon. On the latest episode of the ‘Court No. 1’ podcast on RMC, Gilles Simon revealed that he used a rather simple tactic against Federer.

“Tactically it was easier for me to face the big three, because they are such strong players that they don’t have many weaknesses. They do everything more or less perfectly. I did not adopt any brilliant tactics when I faced Roger Federer.

I played him as much as possible backwards, it was the only thing I could do. His serve was extremely precise, with his right he left you two meters from the ball and he felt comfortable at the net. If there was one area of the court where you could breathe a bit, it was definitely the backhand diagonal,” Simon said.

“I’ve always struggled more against those players who gave me more options, because that’s where I had to choose.”

Lapentti pays tribute to Federer

Roger Federer’s game was among the most difficult to break as he barely had any weaknesses in his tennis arsenal, former World No.

6 Nicolas Lapentti opined. “He was that kind of a player where you would play a good shot and a better shot would come back. It was very difficult to find a weak spot,” Nicolas Lapentti said on a recent episode of The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast.

Lapentti also reminisced about playing doubles with the former World No. 1 at the Halle Open. “We played doubles in Halle in 2000, when I was still better than him,” Lapentti said with a laugh, adding, “He was still coming up.

In 2000, I was up there, and he was probably no. 30 in the world and he was coming up, he was this young kid from Switzerland playing great tennis.”

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