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Swiss legend Roger Federer, 41, announced his retirement a few days ago, which created a miserable atmosphere among tennis professionals around the world, and their responses were as touching as their last tributes to their counterpart from long time.
The legend’s farewell match therefore grieved everyone on and off the pitch as they peacefully gathered to show their last respects to the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Why did Roger Federer shed tears in his last career game in London?
At the Laver Cup in London on Friday night, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played their last professional match. Despite match point, they were beaten by two United States players – Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in a doubles match, 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9.
Federer said, “It was a wonderful day,” in his statement on the pitch, visibly moved by emotion. In addition, he was applauded by all the spectators in the stands and also his partner Rafael Nadal who could not hold back his tears for the Swiss.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 24, 2022
Roger assured everyone that he was not sad and just feeling happy but being there was wonderful. It was all last time, and he relished tying his shoes one last time and funny enough, despite his fears that something might go wrong during the game – like a calf pop or a back block – he didn’t feel the tension as much with all the matches, the men present, and the spectators, family and friends. He couldn’t be happier to have succeeded and that the match went well. So far it’s been great.
The Federer Express went on to express their gratitude to their Laver Cup squad members saying: “And of course playing with Rafa in the same team and having the guys, everyone here, all the legends, Rocket, Edberg, Stefan, thank you.”
Federer has never retired from a tour-level match in his career, making it one of his most astonishing records. It was Federer’s 1,750th and final career singles and doubles match combined and a staggering 1,750 career matches, 0 retirements. Nonetheless, he played 1,526 singles matches in his career, winning 1,251-275 of them, and 224 doubles matches, winning 131-93.
The majority of the first set was played on serves between Federer and Nadal and Sock and Tiafoe, who had the support of the raucous crowd and the Swiss even drew praise with a groundstroke through the net in the next game of the match, but was later determined to be out of bounds and the point was awarded to the Americans. However, this joy for the crowd will never fade from their memory.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 23, 2022
Nonetheless, Federer and Nadal held 2-1 in that game, and after fending off the game’s first break point to hold 5-4, they played some of their best tennis in the next game to finally get the first break in the game. match and win. the opening set after 42 minutes and it included a dramatic inside-out forehand trying to pass shots from Nadal and a clear-cut volley winner from Federer.