Federer, who gained 20 Grand Slam singles titles, said accidents and surgical procedures had taken their toll on his frame.

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“I need to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to all and sundry round the world

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 who has helped make the desires of a young Swiss ball child come authentic,” Federer said.

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“I am 41 years old; I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years,” Federer said in an audio clip posted on social media

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Federer in 2003 after he won his first major title at Wimbledon.Credit...Bongarts

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Mirka encouraged Federer to come back in 2017 after his first forced break from the game.

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Federer waving to the crowd after losing to Djokovic at the 2020 Australian Open.

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“Finally, to the game of tennis,” he stated, “I love you and will never depart you.”

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