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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday, September 16, 2022

Roger Federer owned a 17-0 lifetime record against David Ferrer, which included wins in Masters 1000 finals in Cincinnati in 2014 and the Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2007.

Tennis Express

There were no hard feelings about the lopsided record from the indefatigable Spaniard – only awe.

Upon hearing that Federer had announced his retirement on Wednesday, the director of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals heaped praise on the Swiss maestro from his perch in Spain.

"It was clear that sooner or later it would happen. I am stunned, but grateful for what he has given to tennis," Ferrer said.

Ferrer, a former World No.3 who racked up 734 wins and 27 titles on tour, says that Federer played a big role in revolutionizing the men’s game over the last two decades.

"He has defined an era,” Ferrer said. “He has been key to the growth of tennis and one of the most influential players, if not the most, in improving the sport alongside Rafa [Nadal]. Everyone loves him, he has given a lot of joy, not because of his perfect tennis game but because of the values he has espoused throughout his career.

"I would define him with three words: elegance, perfection and charisma.”