In her farewell note in Vogue, she wrote: ‘In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it every day’.
The 38-year-old explained that he had intended to avoid surgery if possible but the knee problem refused to go away.
The organisers said an audited attendance of 51,954 beat the 42,517 who watched Federer play Alexander Zverev of Germany in Mexico City last November.
The Swiss ace said he never had any doubts about who he wanted to face in South Africa, his mother’s country of birth.
The Swiss ace and his long-time Spanish rival Rafael Nadal will square off in the Match in Africa, the sixth instalment of exhibition matches for Federer’s foundation.
Friendly banter has been ramped up between the celebrities ahead of this weekend’s tennis festivities in Cape Town.

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There certainly wasn’t a lack of interesting incidents at the first Grand Slam of the year.

World Tennis Determined Djokovic shows steel to defend Australian Open title

But it took a mid-match re-think for the Serbian to subdue Dominic Thiem and claim a record-extending eighth title.

World Tennis 21-year-old Sofia Kenin roars back to win Australian Open

After struggling in the first set, the passionate American clicks into gear to lift her first Glam Slam title.

World Tennis Hugs, a guru and a favourite tree: Djokovic’s unusual route to the top

The enigmatic Serb has distinguished himself with his willingness to turn to the unusual.

World Tennis Thiem outlasts Zverev to make Australian Open final

He becomes the first Austrian ever to reach the showpiece game in Melbourne.

World Tennis Djokovic powers past Federer into Australian Open final

The Serb recovers from a tentative start to ease to victory.

World Tennis Ferocious Melbourne heat ‘killed me’ says beaten Halep

The Romanian fourth seed had not dropped a set in reaching the last four, but she lost her cool.

World Tennis Kenin stuns top seed Barty to reach Australian Open final

Kenin will play either Romania’s fourth seed Simona Halep or unseeded Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final.

World Tennis Thiem stuns Nadal in ‘epic’ to set up semi-final with Zverev

Thiem added that he was ecstatic at beating “a great champion” and “really proud how I stayed in the match”, which he called “an epic”.

World Tennis ‘Roger is Roger’ – Djokovic not underestimating ageless great

The pair enjoy one of world sport’s greatest rivalries and will be facing each other on Thursday for a 50th time stretching back to 2006.

World Tennis Tearful Djokovic pays tribute to ‘mentor, friend’ Kobe Bryant

The Serbian legend win his Aussie Open quarterfinal.

World Tennis OOPS! Cape Town marketers stuff up Federer-Nadal poster

It’s not like it’s the biggest tennis match ever on South African soil…

World Tennis Federer stages great escape to reach Australian Open semis

The Swiss legend saved no less than seven match points!




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