Roger Federer announces his retirement

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After several knee surgeries, Roger Federer, age 41, is retiring professional tennis.

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he earned 20 Grand Slam titles in his tenure and spent five seasons at the top of the rankings.

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Federer in his announcement on Thursday said "I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget."

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Earlier in his career, he won 41 consecutive matches and 24 consecutive competition finals from 2003 to 2005.

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Federer together with opponents Nadal and Djokovic brought usher in a golden era of men's tennis.

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Federer announced that he still plans to play tennis, but "not in Grand Slams or on the circuit.

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The only other players with more Grand Slam victories than Federer are his contemporaries Nadal and Djokovic.

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Federer will be leaving with 103 tour-level titles and 1,251 victories in singles matches on his substantial resume.

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