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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic set new bar for next generations

Sep. 24, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Here is one way to look at what Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the now-retired Roger Federer accomplished: The group known as the Big Three of men’s tennis accumulated so many Grand Slam titles — 63 in all — that it seems unlikely anyone will reach the standards they set. ...

Roger Federer retires after teaming with Nadal in last match

Sep. 23, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — This day, this match, had to come, of course, for Roger Federer, and for tennis, just as it inevitably must for every athlete in every sport. Federer bid adieu Friday night with one last contest before he heads into retirement at age 41 after a superlative career that...

Laver Cup protester sets court, arm on fire, delays match

Sep. 23, 2022 13:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A protester lit a portion of the court and his arm on fire during a match at the Laver Cup tennis event Friday, hours before Roger Federer was scheduled to play for the final time before retiring. The episode briefly delayed the action at the start of the second set...

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic awaiting word on Australian Open

Sep. 22, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said Thursday...

Federer to AP: Tennis will withstand big-name retirements

Sep. 22, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer was paying attention right along with everybody else when Serena Williams played what is expected to be her last match three weeks ago at the U.S. Open. “Not surprised. Just very similar to me, in many ways. We were expecting it to come at some...

Federer's final match comes in doubles alongside rival Nadal

Sep. 22, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It was quite a collection of tennis luminaries sharing the black indoor hard court for a Laver Cup doubles practice session Thursday, 66 Grand Slam titles among them, a group collectively nicknamed the Big Four: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on one side of the net; Novak Djokovic...

Federer on GOAT debate in AP Interview: How can you compare?

Sep. 21, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer is a father of four — two girls who are 13, two boys who are 8 — and so perhaps that is why, as he wraps up his playing career, he thinks about the “GOAT” debate that has engulfed the tennis world the way parents might look at their children. ...

Federer's farewell to be in doubles; comeback? 'No, no, no'

Sep. 21, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer leaned back on a couch, the picture of relaxation in a navy blue pullover, black jogger pants and white sneakers. He had just showered and changed after a practice session Wednesday at the arena that will be used for the final match of his career, grinning as he talked...

Roger Federer to discuss his retirement on Wednesday

Sep. 21, 2022 01:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In Roger Federer's case, the farewell news conference will come before the beginning of what he's said will be the last competitive tennis event of his career. Federer is in London and has been practicing ahead of the Laver Cup, an event founded by his management team...

Federer, Serena retire; tennis moves on to Alcaraz, Swiatek

Sep. 16, 2022 07:34 AM EDT

The timing of it all hardly could be more symbolic: Within a span of two weeks, Serena Williams plays what is believed to be her last match at age 40, Roger Federer announces he’ll be retiring at 41, Iga Swiatek wins her third Grand Slam title at 21, and Carlos Alcaraz gets his first at 19. ...