Federer Strolls Down Legends' Lane On Twitter

  • Posted: Apr 17, 2020

Federer Strolls Down Legends’ Lane On Twitter

Swiss shares memories of the sport’s legends

Roger Federer took a stroll down legends’ lane on Twitter Thursday, reflecting on which retired players he wishes could come back.

Bjorn Borg is Team Europe’s Laver Cup captain, so he has had plenty of interaction with Federer.

The 38-year-old Swiss owns 103 tour-level titles, trailing only one man: Jimmy Connors, who has 109.

Federer won five consecutive US Open titles (2004-08), lifting the trophy inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, named after former World No. 2 and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

The Swiss played American icon Pete Sampras only once in their ATP Head2Head series, defeating him at the 2001 Wimbledon 7-6(7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-5.

Former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic currently coaches Federer, but they also competed against each other 16 times on the ATP Tour, with Federer prevailing on 13 occasions. The Swiss clearly remembers two of those losses.

Former World No. 1 Carlos Moya coaches one of Federer’s greatest rivals, Rafael Nadal. As a player, Moya never topped Federer on the singles court (0-7).

Another former World No. 1 who enjoyed a fun rivalry with Federer is Lleyton Hewitt. Federer won 18 of their 27 ATP Head2Head meetings.

Does Federer think he could have returned former World No. 2 Goran Ivanisevic’s serve? The Swiss broke the Croatian six times in the four sets they played.

Former World No. 1 Ivan Lendl retired before Federer’s career, but the Swiss is plenty familiar with his accomplishments.

One man Federer never beat is Aussie star Patrick Rafter, who took their ATP Head2Head series 3-0. Rafter beat Federer in the Swiss’ Grand Slam main draw debut at 1999 Roland Garros.

Federer has a tonne of respect for some of the best women’s players in history, too.

It’s not often Federer gets caught off guard at the net, but one legend β€” his father, Robert Federer, who was not a tennis player β€” accomplished the feat at practice.

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