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Tennis great Roger Federer

Roger Federer hits a backhand during the Wimbledon final in 2017.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Tennis great Roger Federer

A teenage Federer hits a shot while on his way to winning the junior title at Wimbledon in 1998.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer with his parents, Robert and Lynette, in 1998.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer hits a forehand at Wimbledon in 2003. He would go on to win the tournament, his first grand slam title.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Serena Williams pose with their Wimbledon trophies in 2003.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer celebrates after defeating Lleyton Hewitt to win his first US Open in 2004.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer signs a camera after a French Open match in 2005.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer, top, plays Andy Roddick during the 2005 Wimbledon final. Federer won five straight Wimbledons from 2003-2007.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Andre Agassi hit balls on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2005. It was ahead of a tournament in Dubai.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and his future wife, Mirka, hang out in Paris together. She was also a professional tennis player. They were married in 2009.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer kisses his trophy after he defeated Agassi to win the 2005 US Open.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer sits next to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at a Marc Jacobs fashion show in New York in 2006.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Rafael Nadal play an exhibition on a half-clay, half-grass match in Spain in 2007. Federer has excelled on grass his entire career. Nadal is widely known as the “King of Clay.”

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer holds up his trophy to the crowd after winning his fifth straight Wimbledon in 2007.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka celebrate after they won Olympic gold in doubles in 2008.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer returns a shot to Novak Djokovic during a match in Monaco in 2008.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Nadal consoles Federer after defeating him in the 2009 Australian Open final. The two rivals pushed each other throughout the careers.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer falls to his knees after winning the French Open in 2009. The elusive title completed the career grand slam for Federer.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer plays a shot in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer celebrates after winning Wimbledon in 2009. It was his 15th major title, which at the time was the most ever for a men’s tennis player.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer poses with children in Kore Roba, Ethiopia, while visiting a school funded by his charity, the Roger Federer Foundation, in 2010.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer plays Andy Murray in the final of the Australian Open in 2010.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer greets Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II while she attended Wimbledon in 2010.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer serves during the Australian Open in 2011. He won the tournament six times in his career.

Tennis great Roger Federer

After winning a tournament in Switzerland, Federer poses with ball boys and girls as they pick up slices of pizza in 2011. Federer, who once worked as a ball boy in Basel, hosted the pizza party.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer walks off the court with Murray after Murray defeated him in the final of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer walks onto the court for a match at the ATP World Tour Finals in 2013.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer signs autographs for fans in Shanghai, China, in 2013.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer falls over during his Wimbledon semifinal match against Milos Raonic in 2016. He had been struggling with a knee injury that year, and he hurt it again during the loss to Raonic.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Murray play a charity match on a raft in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2017.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer won the Australian Open in 2017, defeating Nadal in the final. It was his first grand slam title since coming off knee surgery.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer practices in Indian Wells, California, in 2017.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer is watched by his wife, Mirka, and their four children after winning Wimbledon in 2017. Federer has two sets of twins: identical twin girls and fraternal twin boys.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer tears up next to Martin Cilic after winning the 2018 Australian Open. It was the last grand slam title of his career.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer plays a backhand to Nadal during a French Open semifinal in 2019.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Williams take a selfie after competing together in mixed doubles in 2019.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer leaves Centre Court at Wimbledon after losing in the quarterfinals in 2021.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Djokovic attend centenary celebrations at Wimbledon in July.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer announced this month that his appearance at the Laver Cup would be the last match of his professional career.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer plays a backhand during the final professional match of his career at the Laver Cup in London on Friday, September 23. He was paired with fellow superstar Rafael Nadal.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer and Nadal tear up after losing their doubles match on Friday.

Tennis great Roger Federer

Federer is lifted into the air by his fellow players after competing in his final match on Friday.

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