Federer cries next to Nadal and thanks ‘wonderful day’

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer ended his brilliant career with a defeat in the doubles alongside the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cupagainst the Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

Federer’s tears after the match were joined by Nadal’s, those of the 17,000 spectators who packed London’s O2 Arena and those of all tennis fans, who watched a chapter in the history of the sport come to an end with the retirement of a tennis player. of the best players who have ever wielded a racket.

“It was a wonderful day. I told the guys that I’m happy, not sad,” said Federer, who had to stop speaking on several occasions during his speech because he couldn’t contain his emotion and cry, especially when he thanked his parents, his wife , Mirka, and their children, all present for the farewell.

“She (Mirka) could have stopped me a long, long time ago, but she didn’t and allowed me to continue. It was amazing, thank you,” the Swiss said of his wife’s support throughout his career.

“Playing with Rafa and having all these greats (players), all these legends here… Thank you!”, he managed to say at another moment, adding that he “enjoyed a lot” every moment of the farewell, the pre-game rituals and entering the court again, despite acknowledging that he wasn’t in great shape.

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