Hello, good afternoon sports fans, it’s me Ayyaz Malik aka The Sports Buff, I hope you’re well, looking after yourselves and are in good health. Sports fans, let’s talk, about tennis and Rodger Federer.
Legend is a word in sport that’s used lazily and far too casually, but in the case of Federer, it’s the best word to describe him. The 41-year-old has achieved what other players can only dream of.
Eight-time Wimbledon champion (beating Pete Sampras’ seven), and being number one for 237 consecutive weeks, which is also a record, goes only a small way to pay tribute to the Swiss legend.
French Open (one), US Open (five) and Australian Open (six) are the other trophies in the bulging trophy cabinet of the Swiss legend Federer. Only Nadal (22) and Djokovic (21) have more than Rodger Federer’s 20 grand slam titles.
Elegant off the court with his trademark blazers, he was also elegant on it. Players like Nadal would outpower opponents, whereas Federer would out manoeuvre opponents with some forehands and backhands that would leave commentators and fans alike in awe.
The 41-year-old would waltz almost across the court, it was true poetry in motion.
As chief writer of the-sports-buff.com, apologies for not getting this out sooner (not been the best health-wise). Sports fans Rodger Federer is tennis royalty, he arguably helped raise the games of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
The four were involved in a very successful era where they called ‘the fab four’. World tennis is losing an all-time great. Twenty grand slam titles all be it impressive, just doesn’t do Rodgers’s talent justice. I say this due to the fact he’s been injured for a big chunk of the last two years.
He arguably could have won more throughout his career. I am sure the man himself will say the same thing.
From 2001- the present, which is a career that’s spanned over two decades shows what a generational talent Roger Federer was. Loved by fans and rivals alike, there will only ever be one Federer, and if it wasn’t for injuries he would be the record holder of most grand slam titles won.
The task now is for Carlos Alcaraz and the rest of the new talent to shine through is to carry the baton. If the recent US Open is anything to go by, tennis and its future is in good hands.
Thank you Rodger for 21 wonderful years, happy retirement champ, you deserve it.
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