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Roger Federer said goodbye to tennis on Saturday after losing in doubles to Rafael Nadal in the 2022 Laver Cup at London’s 02 Arena. Immediately after the loss, which was the last game of his career, Federer was hugged by his teammates before he was asked to say a few words about the game, the sport and the fans one last time and caption Swiss could not hold back her tears in her long and moving farewell speech.
Federer and Nadal had comfortably won the first set and it looked like the 41-year-old would have a perfect swansong in London. But Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock kept their composure in the clutch moments to inflict an upset in what was an entertaining arena tie.
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Taking the microphone from former tennis star Jim Courier, who also embraced Federer and congratulated him on his illustrious career, the 20-time Grand Slam champion thanked his teammates, Nadal in particular, for being at his side. sides at this point in his career.
“We’re gonna get through this one way or another, right?! Listen, it’s been a wonderful day. I told the guys I’m happy, I’m not sad It’s great to be here I enjoyed tying my shoes one more time – and everything was last time.
“Pretty funny with all the games and the presence of the guys here, the fans, the family, the friends, I didn’t feel the stress so much even though I thought something was going to happen – pop a calf or block a back or something in the game. I’m so glad I made it. The game was great and I couldn’t be happier.
“It was wonderful. And of course playing with Rafa, in the same team, having all the guys here and all the legends, Rocket [Rod Laver], Stefan Edberg – thank you. It’s amazing, it really is [to share the court with Rafa and the others]. I didn’t want him to feel alone there. I felt lonely for a second when they told me to get out one more time, it wasn’t great. But to say goodbye in a team, I always felt that I was a team player at heart.
“Singles don’t really do that much, but I had a team that traveled with me around the world. It was amazing with them. Thank you to everyone who made it work for so many years. Of course, being part of a team with Andy [Murray]Thomas [Enqvist]Novak [Djokovic]Matteo [Berrettini]cam [Norrie]Stefanos [Tsitsipas]Rafa and Casper [Ruud] – and also the other team – you are amazing.
Federer then spoke about his journey from a young boy to a sports legend. “It was never meant to be like this. I was just happy to play tennis and hang out with my friends, really. It ended here. It was a perfect trip. I would do it again,” said he declared.
“It was awesome, it was so much fun, it was amazing. Thank you all. I had so many people cheering me on. You guys here tonight mean the world.” Asked about his family, Federer joked: “We have to go? No, no, it’s okay. I’ve done well so far, I think at least.
“I was at least able to talk. In my vision, I was never able to talk, so I’m doing much better! Everyone is here tonight from my family, so it’s great. I’ve had so much fun these lately. 13 years everyone’s been here, girls, boys. My wife has been so supportive and…”
Federer couldn’t stop and held back tears to continue saying: “She could have stopped me a long, long time ago, but she didn’t. She allowed me to continue. , so that’s amazing. Thank you!” Her last words were: “I always find it funny. We always blame my mum for everything because without her we wouldn’t be here at class.
“Thank you to my parents – you were amazing. Thank you! And just everyone, too many people to thank, it was just amazing. My God. A fantastic evening. Thank you all. Thank you all, thank you.”
Regarding the 2022 Laver Cup, the defeat of Federer and Nadal helped Team World bounce back to level the score at 2-2 at the end of the first day.