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A heartbreaking evening in London as a Swiss legend’s dream conclusion is thwarted by defeat in the Laver Cup doubles match, where his pair Rafael Nadal were also seen shedding tears amid cheers other team members in the inaugural game.
Touching tributes from spectators and other celebrities also caught the attention of many during Roger Federer’s retirement event against American duo Sock and Tiafoe.
How did Rafael Nadal react to Roger Federer’s retirement?
Rafael Nadal, who was in tears when Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis during the Laver Cup match on Friday, declared“A big part of me is also leaving the men’s Tour with his retirement.”
At the end of the game, the crowd erupted in raucous applause as ‘Fedal’, as Federer and Nadal are collectively known as Federer and Nadal, entered the field. The two were emotional after delighting sold-out crowds during the match. Members of Team Europe applauded Roger Federer. After losing in the doubles final at the Lavers Cup on Saturday, the most thrilling rivals broke down in tears.
Roger Federer tearfully bids farewell to his tennis career, longtime rival Nadal cries too
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A video of the pair that has gone viral online shows Rafael Nadal sobbing as he watches his great opponent Roger Federer bid a tearful farewell to tennis as they sat together on the court representing the European team at the Lavers Cup.
Europe and World Team compete in the men’s international team tennis competition on indoor hard courts. At the O2 Arena in London for the grand final, the team suffered a crushing defeat.
Rafael Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, admitted: “For me it has been a huge honor to be part of this incredible moment in the history of our sport, and at the same time many years of sharing so much things,” and fans saw that it was indeed a tough night for him personally as the 41-year-old Federer’s illustrious career ended in their loss to American duo Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
20 major singles championships have been won by Roger Federer throughout his career. He faced Rafael Nadal around 40 matches.
In 2021, he injured his knee. The tennis superstar did not play another match after that. He declared his retirement last week at the age of 41 and due to their outstanding play, Federer and Nadal now have one of the most exciting rivalries in tennis history.