Roger Federer is retiring from tennis -- but his mark on the sport is indelible

After he defeated Robin Soderling at Roland Garros in May 2009, the first inquiries started. He completed the career sweep of Grand Slam competitions with his victory on clay, making him the sixth player in tennis history to do it.

The accomplishment of the goal might have led to complacency. He was set to become a father for the first time after recently getting married. What else was left for him to accomplish?

A month later, Federer won Wimbledon for the sixth time, passing his idol Pete Sampras' record of 14 Slams in the process. The message on his T-shirt read as he discussed his triumph afterward: "There is no end goal. Far from finished."

Along with his six ATP Finals victories, he has since added five more Slams to his resume. He has a number of amazing records, including: His 369 victories in Grand Slam tennis are a record, and his eight men's singles crowns from Wimbledon stand out on their own.

However, his body is no longer living up to his mind's on-court expectations because he is 41 years old. Finally, he has arrived at the finish line.

In his statement announcing his retirement on Thursday, he added, "I know my body's capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been plain." "In the past 24 years, I have participated in more than 1,500 matches. Tennis has been more gracious to me than I could have ever imagined, but now I have to know when it is