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"Federer: Twelve Final Days" - A Gentleman's Farewell on Prime Video

The documentary chronicles Federer’s extraordinary career, love of tennis, and the decision to retire at the Laver Cup supported by many of his greatest rivals and heroes.

By Culture Editor

Filming has taken place throughout the regular F1 season. Image: Getty

Roger Federer is one of the most successful tennis players (and arguably the most elegant tennis player) of all-time with 20 Grand Slam wins, two Olympic medals and endorsements from Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Mercedes-Benz, Oliver Peoples and other top brands. A new documentary highlights the Swiss-born player’s retirement from the game of tennis in 2022.

Starting on Thursday, June 20, Federer: Twelve Final Days is available to stream with a subscription to Prime Video. It premiered a week-and-a-half earlier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and now it’s available to stream at home.

GC Review:

"Federer: Twelve Final Days", offers a poignant and intimate exploration of the final chapter in Roger Federer’s illustrious tennis career. Directed by the acclaimed Asif Kapadia, known for his work on "Senna" and "Amy," this film captures the raw emotion and behind-the-scenes moments leading up to Federer’s retirement.

A Legend's Final Days:

What sets this documentary apart is its unparalleled access. Federer allowed cameras into his private sphere, providing fans with an unvarnished look at his life beyond the court. From quiet moments with his family to candid discussions with his team, viewers are treated to a rare, behind-the-scenes perspective.

The documentary dives deep into Federer’s last 12 days on the professional circuit. It’s not just about his final matches, but the personal reflections, farewells, and the camaraderie shared with fellow tennis greats such as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. These interactions provide a heartfelt narrative that extends beyond the tennis court, highlighting the respect and admiration Federer commands from his peers.

Roger Federer in action with (out of frame partner) Rafael Nadal of Team Europe during Day One of the Laver Cup at The O2 Arena on September 23, 2022 in London, England. JULIAN FINNEY/GETTY IMAGES FOR LAVER CUP

Visual Mastery: Kapadia's direction ensures a compelling watch, blending archival footage with personal videos, offering a rare glimpse into the man behind the legend. The cinematography is both intimate and grand, capturing the essence of Federer’s journey with a balance of elegance and authenticity.

Emotional Resonance: The film doesn’t shy away from the emotional weight of retirement. It portrays Federer’s internal struggles and triumphs, making it a resonant watch for fans and newcomers alike. The inclusion of interviews and personal anecdotes enriches the narrative, giving viewers an all-encompassing look at Federer’s legacy.

Critical Acclaim: Critics have praised the documentary for its depth and emotional honesty. It stands out not just as a sports documentary, but as a powerful human story about passion, dedication, and the inevitable transition from one chapter of life to the next.

Conclusion: Upon watching this documentary, it is emotional to say that "Federer: Twelve Final Days" is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates the artistry of tennis and the spirit of sportsmanship. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who has not only defined a sport but has also exemplified grace and elegance in every aspect of his life.


For those looking to explore the intricacies of a champion's farewell, "Federer: Twelve Final Days" is a beautifully crafted documentary that offers an emotional and inspiring look at one of the greatest athletes of our time. Catch it on Prime Video and witness the final days of a legend.

“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, to everyone around the world who has helped make the dreams of a young Swiss ball kid come true,” Federer says. “Finally, to the game of tennis, I love you, and will never leave you.”

Roger Federer

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