Former four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Tim Henman feels there will be those who will aspire to play the game like Roger Federer, but doubts that we will see a player who will really be able to play with that “unique style.”
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is widely considered as the player who had the most aesthetically pleasing game to watch. When players get asked about Federer, they often answer that the Swiss made tennis look so easy.
“To someone I call a great friend, it is very special,” Henman told Eurosport. “There are going to be lots of people who aspire to play the way Federer played, but it is his technique, his talent and his balance that have been unique.
That is why I don't believe there will be anyone to play with that style which made him unique. It is sad that we won't be able to see that again, but I am sure there will be happy times ahead for Roger. When we reflect on Federer's performances at Wimbledon – an eight-time champion – it is sad, but in sport there are no scripts.
But he has had the chance to go out at an incredible event with his rivals as his teammates in front of a special crowd. It has been an incredible end to his professional career.”
Henman enjoyed Federer's sendoff
After Federer announced his plans to retire from tennis at the Laver Cup, he revealed that his goal was to play only one doubles match in London.
For his lone match in his final tournament, Federer expressed a desire to play doubles with Rafael Nadal. Nadal, who battled Federer for many years on the biggest stage, accepted the Swiss' invitation. Federer and Nadal lost to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in their doubles match, but the result was secondary.
After the match was over, an emotional Federer addressed the crowd. Nadal himself couldn't contain his emotions as he also broke down in tears after Federer's career officially came to an end.