Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press
London – like everyone else, Roger Federer She was attentive when Serena Williams played her last three matches at the US Open.
“I’m not surprised. It’s very similar to what I’m up against. We expected that to happen at some point. You don’t want players like Serena to retire,” Federer told The Associated Press. (…) “What a great career,” Federer told the Associated Press.
However, he admits they are laid off after a quarter century of tennis – he left at 41 with 20 Grand Slam titles. She’ll turn 41 on Monday and have won 23 major slams – and it might prompt some fans to ditch tennis.
Federer insists: There is still a lot to be satisfied with.
Laver said Wednesday on the sidelines of the Laver Cup, where he will compete. Friday’s rally with Rafael Nadal in the doubles.
“But others will always be tennis fans. Tennis, once you embrace it, you’re usually loyal to it. That’s why I think so few people will give it up. They probably won’t get up at 3 in the morning for the Australian Open anymore. They probably won’t use their holidays to attend Championship anymore. Maybe they’ll find other things to do for a few years before coming back to it.”
Williams and he, along with Nadal (36 years, 22 Grand Slam titles) and Novak Djokovic (35 years, 21 titles), helped create this golden age of tennis, attracting new viewers and inspiring new players.
“Serena and Roger probably have more fans than anyone else in tennis,” said 24-year-old Taylor Fritz, the American ranked 12th in the world and a member of Team World. It’s hard to replace two icons like them, but I think tennis still has great moments.”
However, what happens when these players leave?
“These two are irreplaceable, without a doubt,” stressed John McEnroe, winner of seven majors between 1979 and 1984. But the sport will continue its way. We have seen this in all sports over time.
That’s why Federer is optimistic about the future of tennis.
“I firmly believe that tennis is greater than any player and new stars will emerge.”
At this point, McEnroe believes tennis needs to do a better job of promoting its young stars.
Federer believes that one of the next stars may be Carlos Alcaraz, the 19-year-old Spaniard, winner of the last US Open and the youngest No. 1 in the world.
The Swiss are watching Alcaraz’s exploits, notably in the 5:15 marathon quarter-final against 21-year-old Italian Yannick Sener. He was very impressed with both players.
“They move well and shoot well. I’ve always said: Those who move better are better. We saw that with Novak, Rafa, myself and Leighton (Hewitt).
Some even compare Alcaraz’s style to Federer’s. Comparison he just admits.
“He has a lot of power in the forehands. That puts everything else in his game,” Federer explained. In a sense, when you can make it happen, as I did, then you can choose between a knockout, another powerful shot, or playing corners, or Climb to the network.
“My problem when I was young – and I don’t think I was as talented at the same age – was that I had a hard time deciding,” added the person who won his first major at age 21. It seems clearer to him. He’s mentally stronger. He’s worked hard. You can see it on His body: If you look at our bodies, we are different.Many aspects of his game are already pointing in the right direction.
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