Federer's 20 Grand Slams make him the SIXTH most successful star ever

Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slams make him the SIXTH most successful player in history behind Margaret Court, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Steffi Graf and Novak Djokovic… but he still bows out as the king of grass after winning EIGHT at Wimbledon

  • Roger Federer will end his career as the sixth most successful tennis player ever
  • Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the only men to beat his Grand Slam tally 
  • Women Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf have also surpassed 20 
  • Federer ends his career as the undisputed king of Wimbledon with eight titles 

Roger Federer has called an end to his tennis career as the sixth most successful tennis player of all time.

The 41-year-old confirmed on Thursday that his illustrious career will come to a close following the Laver Cup in London, which is scheduled to be held at the 02 next weekend.

Federer has been struggling with a knee problem for the last three years and has now decided it is the right time to retire. 

Roger Federer bows out of tennis as the sixth greatest player of all time with 20 Grand Slams

The Swiss star’s record is only bettered by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the men’s game

The Swiss star, who claimed 20 Grand Slam titles, bows out as one of the greatest tennis players in history.

Only Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) have more Grand Slam titles to their name in the men’s game, making him the third most successful man ever to play the sport.

Meanwhile, Margaret Court (24), Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22) are the only three women to exceed Federer’s tally of 20 on the court.

Margaret Court, Serena Williams (above) and Steffi Graf also have more than 20 Grand Slams

Although his final Grand Slam triumph was at the 2018 Australian Open, Federer’s last appearance at a major came just over a year ago at Wimbledon, the competition where he enjoyed most of his Grand Slam success.

The Basel-born star was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

Whilst it looked at one stage as though Federer would finish his career as the greatest tennis player of all time, thanks in part to his record of 237 consecutive weeks at No 1, Nadal and Djokovic quickly caught up with the veteran in terms of Grand Slam victories.

No tennis player in the Open Era has more Wimbledon titles than the 41-year-old’s tally of eight

Before Nadal’s Australian Open triumph in January 2022, the superstar trio were all tied on 20 Grand Slams, but the Spaniard has since added two more gongs to his portfolio while Djokovic has added another Wimbledon.

Regardless, no man in the Open Era has come close to boasting Federer’s success on grass, as the Swiss ace has claimed eight Wimbledon titles since his first championship in 2003.   

Martina Navratilova, who won nine Wimbledon titles between 1978 and 1990, leads the women’s list ahead of Serena Williams and Graf on seven.

Federer’s emotional farewell 

The Swiss legend took to social media to announce his retirement on Thursday.

He said: ‘To my tennis family and beyond. Of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. Today, I want to share some news with all of you.

‘As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form.

‘But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear. I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.

‘The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour.  

‘This is a bittersweet decision, because I will miss everything the tour has given me. But, at the same time, there is so much to celebrate.

‘I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on Earth. I was given a special talent to play tennis, and I did it at a level that I never imagined, for much longer than I ever thought possible.

‘I would like to especially thank my amazing wife Mirka, who has lived through every minute with me.

‘She has warmed me up before finals, watched countless matches even while over eight months pregnant, and has endured my goofy side on the road with my team for over 20 years.

‘I also want to thank my four wonderful children for supporting me, always eager to explore new places and creating wonderful memories along the way. Seeing my family cheering me on from the stands is a feeling I will cherish forever.

‘I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget.

‘We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful. We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.

‘Above all, I must offer a special thank you to my unbelievable fans. You will never know how much strength and belief you have given me.

‘The inspiring feeling of walking into full stadiums and arenas has been one of the huge thrills in my life. Without you, those successes would have felt lonely, rather than filled with joy and energy.

‘The last 24 years on tour have been an incredible adventure. While it sometimes feels like it went by in 24 hours, it has also been so deep and magical that it seems as if I’ve already lived a full lifetime.

‘When my love of tennis started, I was a ball kid in my hometown of Basel. I used to watch the players with a sense of wonder.

‘They were like giants to me and I began to dream. My dreams led me to work harder and I started to believe in myself. Some success brought me confidence and I was on my way to the most amazing journey that has led to this day.

‘So, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true. Finally, to the game of tennis: I love you and will never leave you.’

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