“Can’t you just let him retire in peace,” Roger Federer becomes the victim of Mardy Fish’s sarcasm as fans enjoy the banter

Mardy Fish takes a sly dig at Roger Federer sharing the scorecard of their 2008 Indian Wells Masters semi-finals match.


“Can’t you just let him retire in peace,” Roger Federer becomes the victim of Mardy Fish’s sarcasm as fans enjoy the banter

Roger Federer and Mardy Fish

Roger Federer continues to live in peace away from the chaos and competition of the ATP Tour. It won’t however be safe to say that he has completely left the world of tennis. The 20-time Grand Slam singles title winner was recently back in the news. Federer-backed ON running shoes recently announced their deal to endorse Iga Swiatek and Ben Shelton.

Apart from Federer’s business deals, the Big-3 debate always has the name of the former World No. 1 floating in tennis circles. Former rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic still continue to be locked in the race for most Major titles but the Swiss maestro’s off-court activities continue to cement his legacy and make him a contender in the GOAT debate.

Federer was recently targeted in a silly banter by Mardy Fish, the former World No. 7. Taking to his Twitter account, Fish tweeted a screenshot of a scoreline from the 2008 Indian Wells Masters. Fish won the match 6-3, 6-2 in mere 64 minutes to record the fastest win against Federer by any player from 2004 to 2018.

Taking a jibe at the Swiss maestro, Fish said, “@rogerfederer Can you translate this? I don’t speak Spanish. #Thanks!” Although it was all light-hearted fun, fans certainly enjoyed the sly dig by the American.

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The Indian Wells match was the only time Roger Federer lost to Mardy Fish

Mardy Fish and Roger Federer
Mardy Fish and Roger Federer posing with their trophies at the 2010 Cincinnati Masters

Mardy Fish and Roger Federer played against each other on nine separate occasions from 2003 to 2012. The 2008 Indian Wells semis was the only time Fish was victorious against Federer. Fish would however go on to lose the finals to a certain Novak Djokovic who was fresh from his maiden Grand Slam singles title at the 2008 Australian Open.

Fans however had a field day on Fish’s tweet. It was good to see fans understanding the banter and sarcasm involved and not criticizing Fish for his comment.

Post this clash, Federer had his revenge in the finals of the 2010 Cincinnati Masters to deny Fish his maiden Masters-1000 title. The duo met in three more matches all that went in the favor of Federer although their 2012 US Open clash saw the Swiss receive a walkover. Fish retired in 2015 but didn’t clash with Federer again as the Swiss great finished 8-1 ahead in their head-to-head.

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