London (AP) – Roger Federer has described the debate about the greatest tennis player in history as “silly”.
“How do you compare? Which is better? Winning when you’re old or young? I have no idea. Is it better to win on clay or on grass? I don’t know. Is it better to be dominant over the years or come back after an injury? I don’t know,” said the Swiss in an interview with the AP news agency: “It’s impossible to capture that.”
The 20-time Grand Slam tournament winner will play his last official tennis match this weekend at the Laver Cup in London. It is planned that he will compete in doubles on Friday evening. London will also see the reunion of the Big Four, who have dominated world tennis for years and are starting for Team Europe: Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
“We made each other better,” said Federer. He needed “these challenges” himself, “and they needed a challenger like me”. He can understand that fans like to compare the top stars. “People always like to make comparisons. I see that every day with my twins. Even if you don’t want to, you compare them. But you shouldn’t, never,” said Federer.
The 41-year-old announced last week that he would end his career after three knee surgeries. The Laver Cup pits a European team against a selection of players from the rest of the world.
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