Fellow living legend Serena Williams, who has said she is ‘evolving away from tennis’ herself, has hailed retiring Roger Federer as an inspiration.

Federer will end a career that featured 20 Grand Slam singles titles after the Laver Cup, which begins in London next Friday..

Williams and Federer played against each other only once on court, facing off in a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in 2019.

Federer and fellow Swiss Belinda Bencic beat Williams and American compatriot Francis Tiafoe in front of a tournament-record 14,000 crowd.

Roger Federer’s first Wimbledon title in 2003 coincided with Serena Williams’ second.

Federer’s decision to retire from the sport after three years blighted by knee injuries has prompted a wave of tributes.

Federer’s great rival Rafael Nadal, one of only two men’s players with more Grand Slam singles titles, said it was “a sad day” for sport.

Current world number ones Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz and respectively, thanked Federer for inspiring them.

Bbc/Leo

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