Announcing that he quit tennis last month, Roger Federer played his last match in the Laver Cup. The Swiss met with his great friend and now former rival Rafael Nadal at London’s O2 Arena, but both men were beaten by the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
When the king announced his decision to close his racket, social media exploded and reactions came from all over the world. This decision was not made abruptly, given the serious knee injury that plagued the maestro in the last part of his career.
Last year, the 20-time Grand Slam champion made an interim comeback with nine wins and four losses. Everyone was hoping for one last lap in 2023, but his body has been sending clear signals to Roger in recent months.
Borna Coric, who was a guest of the last issue of ‘ATP Tennis Radio’, explained that one of the reasons for starting tennis was Federer.
Coric talks about his passion for Federer.
“I looked at him (Roger Federer), Goran Ivanisevic, Mario Ancic, all my big idols. Thanks to them, I started playing tennis and he was one of those idols.
I watched him on TV and hoped to be able to play against him one day, that was my main goal.” first round.
He was one of the main reasons I started playing tennis, and what he’s done for tennis is incredible, all we can do is say ‘Thank you very much’.”
Borna Coric won his first ATP 500 title at the 2018 Halle Open, defeating Roger Federer 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 in the finals. “It was the most special tournament of my career because I had only won two or three games on the turf in the last four years just before the tournament.
So I was going out on the grass and I wasn’t really hoping for the best, even if I won a lap or two everything would be perfect,” said Coric. It was enough to reach the final game against Roger in Halle.
But frankly, I played tennis very well and yes, that was a really great thing for me,” he added.