Roger Federer set to play ‘special’ final match of career on Friday with Rafael Nadal.
Andy Murray, the man with the most of the tennis legacy, has chosen his final match carefully. This weekend marks the end of all the tennis grand slam. It also marks the end of the career of Roger Federer.
Federer is entering his eighth final of the year and first at a grand slam. The Swiss will look to become the first man to win all four majors in the same calendar year.
Federer, the greatest player to have ever played the game, is playing his last match since January when he was beaten by Andy Murray at the Australian Open.
The Swiss champion’s decision to play is surprising and there is no guarantee he even picks up a win.
But Federer has said the match, if necessary, will be the last ever for him.
Andy Murray: ‘I want to thank Roger for his friendship and the support I’ve received from him over the years’. Credit: Reuters
The 30-year-old said Federer has been a “blessing to me” and “a source of inspiration”.
“I want to thank Roger for his friendship and the support I’ve received from him over the years,” Murray said. “I hope he enjoys his last match while he can.
“He has meant so much to me and tennis in general. I’ll never forget the support and encouragement he has shown me in the last 18 months and I will never forget the great moments we shared in the past.”
Federer, who is bidding to win a record eighth-straight grand slam men’s singles title on Sunday, is ranked No. 2 in the world. He is the third most-crowned grand slam champion of all time.
Federer also said he hopes he can still play another year, despite the final match.
“To be honest, I have no idea. I have three months to a year to play, so I would like to try to, especially with my fitness levels,” Federer said in his victory speech.
Federer, who has never played in a final in which he dropped just one set in a men’s singles final, will play the third round on Thursday against Novak Djokovic. A victory in the third round would