Roger Federer’s emotions on his retirement from tennis: ‘It was a perfect journey’

Federer's emotions in his last match (Reuters/Andrew Boyers)
Federer’s emotions in his last match (Reuters/Andrew Boyers)

On September 23, 2022, it will go down in the history of world sport the day Roger Federer played his last match as a professional. In which O2 from London, for the first day of Laver Cup pitting the European team against the rest of the world, the man who knew how to dominate tennis for 237 consecutive weeks bid farewell as the circuit’s No.

Accompanied by his historic rival, Rafael Nadal, the Swiss tennis player and the Spaniard lost to the Sock-Tiafoe duo 4:6, 7:6 and 11:9. The result of this match will be an anecdote on the day that confirmed Federer’s exit as a professional. When the game ended, the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles picked up the microphone and spoke for the thousands of people who watched his final show.

When the action was over, he couldn’t hide his excitement. Tears welled up. Nevertheless, he went to greet each of his companions. And also from its competitors. “It was a wonderful day. It’s nice to be here. I enjoyed putting my sneakers on again. May everyone be here, friends, family, colleagues. The game was great. I can’t be happier. And play with Rafa on the same team. Thanks everyone,” were his first comments after the official withdrawal.

With emotion surfacing, Federer couldn’t hold back his tears when it was his turn to speak about his family. “It was a perfect trip. I would do it again the way I did. Thanks to everyone here and around the world. My parents are here, the boys, the girls, my parents. We’ll get through this somehow. I told the guys I’m happy, I’m not sad,” he added.

Roger couldn't hold back tears as he left (Reuters/Andrew Boyers)
Roger couldn’t hold back tears as he left (Reuters/Andrew Boyers)

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