Honoring Roger Federer: Shanghai’s On-Court Celebration

Roger Federer, the former World No. 1 and a legendary figure in the world of tennis, received a special tribute at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. This marked a significant moment for Chinese tennis enthusiasts as they had the unique opportunity to pay their respects to the Swiss maestro following his retirement in September 2022.

The ceremony celebrated his outstanding career and allowed Chinese fans to honor him post-retirement. Li Na and Zhang Zhizhen also attended. This event highlighted tennis’s global appeal and the enduring connection between stars and fans, symbolizing the unifying power of sports.

This award presentation not only celebrated Federer’s incredible contributions to the sport but also allowed Chinese fans to express their deep admiration for a tennis icon.

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It symbolized the universal appeal of tennis, transcending borders and languages, and showcased the profound connection between tennis stars and their fans around the world. It was a significant moment for tennis enthusiasts, both in China and across the globe.

“It’s been great to see tennis grow in China. One icon is standing here and a future superstar in the making there,” Federer spoke about Li and Zhang, the latter of whom became the first domestic player to reach the fourth round of Shanghai’s Masters 1000 event this year.

Roger Federer, during the Rolex Shanghai Masters ceremony, shared his joy at returning to an event where he had an impressive 23-6 record and clinched titles in 2014 and 2017.

Notably, one of those victories came against his rival Rafael Nadal in the championship match, marking their third showdown in Shanghai.

Federer’s victories against Nadal extended to the Nitto ATP Finals in 2006 and 2007, held in Shanghai at the time. These victories further solidified his career and highlighted his strong connection to the Shanghai Masters and the city itself.

“I played Rafa on so many occasions, not in every tournament I played but almost in all the big matches around the world and I’m happy we could do it here, not just once but three times,” reflected Federer when asked about his 6-4, 6-3 final win in 2017. “It’s even more special if it’s in a final. I thought I played extremely well in that match… I played a fantastic tournament and a fantastic year when I came back [after] my knee problem.

“For me, it was a dream year and I believe it was the last time I won the Rolex Shanghai Masters, so of course it’s forever special. It was a terrific week, and I loved the battles I had with Rafa. I’m happy I won the final here that year.”

“Ever since I showed up here as a teenager in 2002, maybe I even had a ponytail, I looked different, I played different, but I got so many fans, I feel like, from the first moment I came,” said Federer. “I feel like I got the most incredible support here in Shanghai and in China. I’ve been very fortunate to play here for so many years.”

Dominic Spinley

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