During the Laver Cup, Roger Federer spoke about the never-ending GOAT debate between him, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Federer retired from tennis at the Laver Cup after he lost the doubles match partnering Nadal against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. Statistically, when considering major titles, Federer has won 20: 1 less when compared to Djokovic and 2 when compared to Nadal.
Federer detailed how happy he is now while ending his career. He spoke in depth about how big winning his 15th major title at Wimbledon was because it was the moment when he broke Pete Sampras’ record of 14 grand slam titles in front of him. He said that whatever came after 15 was a bonus and that new players would want to match his legacy and chase records.
“I’m very happy where I sit. One of my big moments of course was winning my 15th Slam at Wimbledon when Pete was sitting there. Anything after that was a bonus that was the record and then of course there was other records along the way but then of course nowadays, I think and it will only increase the players will wanna chase records,” Federer said.
‘My longevity is something I’m very proud of’: Roger Federer
Federer admitted that he too chased records for the first few years but after breaking Sampras‘ record, chasing records never became his prerogative. He is just happy that he could win another 5 majors after 15 and despite achieving so much, the thing that he is most proud of is his longevity.
He said: “It’s true at some point I kind of probably did as well but not the first few years until it really got closer to Pete’s record for me it was about how did I manage my schedule was happy on and off to court did I like my life on the tour and I did.
“I think I had the best of times and obviously, the last few years have been what they’ve been but I’m very happy that I was able to win another five slams from 15 on for me was incredible. Then I made won 100 titles and all that stuff has been fantastic and then just my longevity is something I’m very proud of so don’t need all the records to be happy to tell you that,” Federer said.