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In response to a legend, Roger Federer says, “I loved our matches.”
At the upcoming Laver Cup, Roger Federer will bring his illustrious career to a close. The 20-time Major champion’s career has been destroyed for the past three years by a terrible knee injury that he has been unable to recover from. Despite their best efforts, the Swiss were unable to play competitive tennis after numerous setbacks.
Federer, one of the greatest players of all time, made the decision to retire after giving it some thought at the Laver Cup in 10 days. The past, present, and future tennis players as well as coaches have all commended the Swiss for everything that he has done for our sport.
One of them, Andre Agassi, has praised Roger and claimed that his tennis elevated the sport’s aesthetic value.
Andre Agassi and Roger Federer exchanged compliments.
Agassi’s sentiments meant a lot to Federer, who replied with a kind note, noting that he had enjoyed their numerous matches over the years.
In Basel 1998, Federer, then 17, first encountered Agassi. The American lost five games and quickly eliminated the youth. Three years later, Agassi eliminated Federer in straight sets in the fourth round of the US Open, preventing the Swiss from advancing to the quarterfinal.
In the 2002 Miami Open championship match, Roger faced up against Andre, and the American won 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to take home the trophy. Federer had opportunities to win the fourth set and force a tiebreaker, but he missed them and was forced to accept second place.
2003’s Masters Cup in Houston saw Roger defeat Andre for the first time. The Swiss won the round-robin stage and defeated the more seasoned opponent 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 in the championship match. In the 2004 Indian Wells semifinal, Roger overcame a set down to defeat Andre, defeating the American for the third time straight match and tying the final score at 3-3.
A half-year later, Federer defeated Agassi in the US Open quarterfinal, winning in five sets to get to the championship match. On hard courts, Roger and Andre faced off four times in 2005, and an in-form Swiss player won all of them to notch eight straight victories over Agassi.
In their most recent match, which took place in the US Open final 17 years ago, Roger prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 to win his second consecutive title in New York.