World of sport reacts to Roger Federer’s retirement
Roger Federer has confirmed his retirement from the world of sports after a series of back problems forced him to make the decision at the age of 35.
The five-time Grand Slam winner was a five-times grand slam champion but would have been a three-time winner of one fewer titles had he not retired until this year.
Federer came out of retirement to play with the Swiss team at the Olympic Games here where he lost in the first round of his semi-final to the Italian Paolo Carozzi.
Federer also lost in the semi-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon before he eventually retired from the game in June.
As well as the six majors, Federer won six titles at Wimbledon and won the mixed doubles crown.
Here’s what we know about Federer now:
What he’ll be doing
Federer will be looking for new challenges, such as becoming part of one of the biggest teams ever at The O2, but there are no plans to play at Wimbledon.
His most famous opponent will, however, be making his first appearance at the event as the reigning world number one Murray will play as number two.
It’s a match that will likely see Murray looking to defend his title in his second match at the tournament, while Federer will be aiming to continue his run of success and make it three titles in a row.
Federer says he had thought of the two in a positive way, though, although he did not expect the rivalry to be quite so high profile to start with.
“Murray is one the best tennis players of all time. He’s been the number one ever for 15 years or more. This will be a really big match that’s been talked about for a long time,” he said.
“As a tennis player you always want to beat the best, the biggest player, but there’s always a price to pay.
“I think it’s a good match. We both play well, but I like to play the No. 1 [Murray]. I’m not here to become No. 2, No. 3 or any other number. I want to beat the No. 1 for a long time and then hope