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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Roger Federer fans call him the greatest player of all time, but his longtime rival Rafael Nadal has won the most Grand Slam titles. Rafael Nadal (Spain) and Novak Djokovic (Serbia) will end their playing careers worshiping dust.
Federer, 41, who has won 20 Grand Slam titles, announced his retirement on Friday. The timing was unexpected, but considering he was struggling with a knee injury, the decision itself wasn’t too surprising. After playing more than 1,500 games over 24 years, he admits his creaking body could no longer withstand the rigors of competition and the passage of time was inevitable.
Federer rose to prominence at the Wimbledon Championships in 2001 when he took a gold star from Pete Sampras. Two years later, she won her first Wimbledon title and has since won the tournament eight times.
Nadal still had six Grand Slam titles, Djokovic just one, as he rose to the pinnacle of tennis at Wimbledon in 2009, surpassing Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam wins, the all-time men’s record at the era.
Since 2010, Federer’s pace of winning Grand Slams has slowed, while his two rivals have gained momentum and steadily racked up titles over the next 10 years.
Federer won another Grand Slam in 2017 and 2018, but Nadal won his 20th career French Open in 2020 and Djokovic won three Grand Slams in 2021. I saved and caught up to that number.
Nadal won the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, becoming the biggest winner of a men’s Grand Slam with 22 victories. Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title, overtaking Federer for the 21st time.