Federer: ‘I don’t need records to be happy’

Federer: ‘I don’t need records to be happy’
Federer: ‘I don’t need records to be happy’

London, England) – For many years of his victorious career, Roger Federer was a record holder and accumulator, which put him in a prominent position in discussions about who would have been the best player of all time. In recent years, the Swiss has seen some of its marks being surpassed by main rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard has the most Grand Slam titles, 22 in total, and the Serbian has the most weeks at No. 1 in the world, 373 in total.

At 41 years old, Federer says goodbye to professional tennis this Friday and feels fully accomplished for everything he has achieved, regardless of the numbers of opponents or subjective discussions.

“I’m very proud and very happy for everything I’ve done. One of my big moments, of course, was winning my 15th Grand Slam at Wimbledon when Pete Sampras was there watching the game. Anything after that was a bonus. it was a record and then, of course, others came along the way,” said Federer, who ends his career with 20 Grand Slam wins and 310 weeks at the top of the world rankings.

“But of course these days, the numbers are going to increase and players are going to want to chase records. It’s true that at some point I probably did that too, when I was closer to Pete’s record, but not in the early years of my life. career”, pondered the Swiss. “The way I managed my schedule, I was happy on and off the court and enjoyed my life on the circuit.”

“Obviously, the last few years were difficult, but I’m really happy that I was able to win five more slams after that 15th title. For me it was amazing. Then I got to over 100 ATP titles and all those things were fantastic. So my longevity is something I’m very proud of. I don’t need all the records to be happy. I’ll tell you that.”

Check out some records held by Federer
But despite being overtaken by two major milestones, Federer has a long collection of records. One of the most relevant is the 237 consecutive weeks at the top of the ranking. The Swiss is also the oldest world number 1 in history, at 36 years and 320 days, in 2018.

He also holds an Open Era record for winning 24 straight finals between 2003 and 2005, as well as having played in ten consecutive Grand Slam finals between 2005 and 2007. On grass at Wimbledon, he holds the title record with 8; Finals, with 12 (seven consecutive); And also victories, with 105 in total.


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