At the start of Wimbledon: Federer shares an emotional video

Millions of tennis fans around the world had hoped in recent months that their great idol Roger Federer could take part in the Wimbledon Championships again. But nothing came of it. The third Grand Slam tournament of the year started on Monday without its record champion. Whether the Swiss will ever return to the holy lawn is extremely doubtful. Shortly before the start of the tournament on Church Road, the old master contacted his supporters himself.

In its Instagram story the now 40-year-old shared a moment in which he himself wrote tennis history 21 years ago. He posted the legendary match point from the game against the then lawn king Pete Sampras.

Roger Federer and Pete Sampras met on July 2, 2001 in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The match is considered a turning point in tennis, as the seven-time champion and world number one Pete Sampras was spectacular in the first and only duel with the then 19-year-old Federer with 7: 6, 5: 7, 4: 6, 7: 6 and 5: 7 defeated.

The Swiss was eliminated a round later against Tim Henman in four sets. Nevertheless, the victory in a direct duel against the most successful tennis player of all time meant a changing of the guard.

Federer became the record winner at Wimbledon

Sampras, ten years his senior, was previously considered unbeatable on Wimbledon’s Center Court for years, having won the world’s most famous lawn tournament seven times between 1993 and 2000.

In the years that followed, Roger Federer himself stepped out of the American’s huge shadow and was even able to win the Wimbledon Championships himself eight times – the sole record to this day.

“When memories were born” – FedEx titled the video clip with this emotional statement, which he shared with his almost ten million Instagram followers.

Last year, Wimbledon was the last major tournament in which the most successful lawn player of all time ever took part. Federer has been struggling with the aftermath of a knee injury for a year now. Whether he will ever return to the ATP tour is more open than ever.

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