Roger Federer may not have a fairy tale ending, but that’s fine

Maybe the 39-year-old is finally finished but he has earned the right to keep on swinging

Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after his quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz. Photograph:  David Gray/PA

Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after his quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz. Photograph: David Gray/PA

In 2017 I advised Roger Federer he was a busted flush as a Grand Slam champion. He was 35 and had not won a Slam in four years. Sands of time and all that. Plus some guff about tarnishing his legacy by continuing to try and compete. For his own sake we needed to talk about the ‘R’ word - retirement.

Curiously the billionaire tennis icon ignored me. To be fair he ignored a lot of similar advice. Maybe the most beloved player in the history of the sport was flooded with instructions about how it would be best if he stayed in the Alps and counted his money. Well-meaning as it might have been, Federer dismissed all of it and staged a late career renaissance that produced three more Slam victories.

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