‘It’s incredible what Roger Federer has done with…’, says ATP star

The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, with this success at Roland Garros 2022, where he took home the beauty of 2 million and 200 thousand euros, has surpassed Roger Federer for the first time in his career in the global prize money, settling in second place behind only Novak Djokovic who seems decidedly unattainable. So, speaking of rankings and records, not only the positions in the world ranking of the different tennis players have changed, but also that of the prize money. In fact, Nadal is at $130,681,472 while the current world number one is at $156,541,453. But not only the big three give people something to talk about, in the top ten of this special ranking there is another tennis player who in this Roland Garros is once again as competitive as he has always been in his career: Marin Cilic. The Croatian tennis player only lost in the semifinals against Ruud after beating Medvedev and Rublev, respectively, in the round of 16 and quarterfinals. The 33-year-old giant reached the semi-finals in Paris for the first time in his career and also rose to 10th place in the men’s prize money standings with $30,468,623. Cilic’s career boasts 567 wins (64.07% match success), a slam at the 2014 US Open against Kei Nishikori, and two finals both lost to Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2017 and at the Australian Open. in 2018. In total he has twenty titles, where in addition to the New York slam, he also won the Cincinnati 1000 in 2016 against Andy Murray. Returning to the cash prizes, for a change, the Big Three also rule in this ranking. While, in addition to Cilic, there are three other active tennis players. The main protagonist of the Roland Garros 2022 that ended almost a week ago was undoubtedly Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, after dominating the final against Casper Ruud, raised his twenty-second Slam to the Parisian sky, of which the fourteenth in France.

Tsitsipas on Federer’s legacy

Stefanos Tsitsipas expressed his immense admiration for 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and described playing with Federer as a “never in a lifetime scenario.” “I have a lot of respect for him. I enjoyed just watching him on TV. Probably hitting with him on a tennis court would have been a never-in-a-lifetime scenario. When I first faced him, I was about to serve and I was thinking, ‘Roger is on the other side of the net’. He is my childhood hero. This is beyond unimaginable. He is someone that is difficult to believe he’s real. It’s incredible what he has done with all his records and the game-style,” Tsitsipas said.