Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal retirement will hurt a lot, says Marc Rosset

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal retirement will hurt a lot, says Marc Rosset

The former world No. 9 Marc Rosset praised Roger Federer and invited all the tennis fans to enjoy the beauty of the 37-year-old’s style until he competes. ‘I want to tell people that they should enjoy the active time with Roger Federer to 2000%,’ Rosset told Blue Win.

‘We are blessed that Federer is Swiss. For me, he is one of the 10 biggest athletes in history with his records and his aura. Besides, he is our “contemporary”: We have all grown up with his success.

He is fabulous! I can understand the frustration of the Federer fans when he loses. But once he loses a match you hear people say: “He should retire.” We already heard this 5 years ago when he had back problems and changed his racquet.

But who are we to tell Federer when he should stop playing tennis? … I have absolutely no expectations anymore in Roger. He already did so much for tennis. In my opinion, he can still win Grand Slams. And even when it shouldn’t happen anymore it doesn’t matter.

The main thing is that he has fun.’ In some ways, Rosset is worried for the future of tennis: ‘If Federer and (Rafael) Nadal stop playing tennis, it will hurt a lot. We will have the consequences of it because such a good rivalry doesn’t exist.

That’s why you have to enjoy them as long as possible. But our Swiss mentality almost hides the happiness we have for Federer and Wawrinka. Our sport has only four or five big names. We see it here in Basel: when Federer plays, it’s packed.

If he does not play, the stadium is half empty. That’s why I am worried when I think about the end of Federer and Nadal’s career. So tennis needs a new generation to win Grand Slams while the Big Four are still playing.

Otherwise, Zverev and Co. won’t have credibility.’ ALSO READ: Roger Federer: ‘It’s clear the RF logo will be returned to me one day‘ .


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