September 16, 2022, 11.01 PM

His last Grand Slam title came at the 2018 Australian Open.

Federer may be retiring from the sport, but something he never did during his 1526 singles matches was retiring during a match, in a career that spanned nearly a quarter of a century.

His announcement comes just weeks after women’s tennis legend Serena Williams played her final competitive tennis match at the US Open.

Nadal, Roddick, and Navratilova react to the news

Nadal reacted to the announcement of his “rival and friend” that it was a day he wished “would never come.”

“It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world,” he continued. “It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court.”

Former player Andy Roddick also took to social media upon hearing the announcement, joking it might be “a good time to start training for Wimbledon” now that the man who stopped him from winning the title at SW19 in 2009 had left the sport.

Following Federer’s statement, 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova posted on Twitter: “What a heartfelt message, full of love, life, hope, passion, and gratitude. Which is exactly how Roger played the game we love so much. Thank you thank you thank you, for all the magic!!!”

Sources: DW, AFP, AP, dpa

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