Federer retires with 20 Grand Slam singles championships, which places him third among men overall behind still-active opponents Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). Although Djokovic can match it the next year, his eight Wimbledon titles are the most in men's history.
Federer hasn't participated in any competitive tennis matches since having his third knee surgery in 18 months following his Wimbledon quarterfinal elimination.
He was scheduled to compete at his home tournament, the Swiss Indoors, in October and maybe at Wimbledon the following year before Thursday's revelation. His 24 years on the road were "an fantastic journey," he said.
It has also been so profound and beautiful that it sometimes feels like I've already experienced an entire lifetime, he wrote in a Facebook post. I had the good fortune to participate in numerous memorable matches.
Federer has a unique connection to the Olympic Games. It was there that he first met his future wife, fellow Swiss Olympic tennis player Mirka Vavrinec, in 2000. On the final day of the Games, they had a kiss. There are currently two sets of twins.
Tomas Berdych, who was ranked 79th, stunned No. 1-ranked Roger Federer in round two of the 2004 Athens Olympics (who went on to a strong career and retired in 2019).
In the quarterfinals of Beijing 2008, American James Blake shocked Roger Federer, ending his record-breaking 237-week reign as the world's top player. Nadal won the event and claimed first place. However, Federer and Stan Wawrinka did leave with an Olympic gold medal for their doubles performance.
On that occasion, Federer said, "Don't feel too awful for me. "I don't have that on the forefront of my thoughts. Of course, though, I'd want to win the Olympic singles gold. I am, nevertheless, really pleased with my Olympic silver in singles.
His final Olympic tennis match would occur then. Due to injury, he withdrew before the Olympic Games in Rio and Tokyo.