Roger Federer announces his retirement from the ATP Tour and grand slams. It’s a great week for tennis on Sunday with the Wimbledon final and the US Open, but also for tennis in Argentina. With the win at Monte Carlo, Roger Federer has moved into the top 10 on the ATP ranking but in doing so has also taken himself out of contention for the world number one ranking, leaving the door open for Rafael Nadal to claim it. He has claimed nine Masters 1000 titles and is the second highest ranked player in the world after Serena, who has never won a major. The former world number one is also in a very comfortable position right now, but he has his work cut out to keep up with Nadal’s impressive run for five years in a row, the longest in the history of the ATP.
What’s the latest? The ATP has announced that Roger Federer would not be competing at the 2012 Australian Open and 2013 French Open due to an elbow injury that could require surgery. The Swiss star has been injury free for over a year and was due to have a surgery this week to repair the injured elbow, but that has been pushed back.
Federer’s decision means that Novak Djokovic will play the French Open and Wimbledon and he will be the defending champion for both. Djokovic, a former world number 3, was already in the top 10, but will now also be a top 10 player thanks to Federer’s retirement. He will be the first player to reach all four Grand Slam finals against Nadal since John McEnroe in 1978 and the first male player to break Nadal’s record since McEnroe in 1985.
It’s the worst run for Nadal in any major tournament. He needs to win both French Open and Wimbledon and will be looking to break Juan Carlos Ferrero’s record when he battles Rafael Nadal for the title.
In addition to the four Grand Slam events, Federer will