The Swiss made no secret of his excitement as he hung up his racket, as did his longtime rival Rafael Nadal.
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Roger Federer’s farewell shocked the tennis world. From the players in attendance to the spectators at the O2 Arena, to the many fans in front of their screens, it was hard to hold back tears as the 41-year-old Swiss competed for the last of his points. The first in question did not hold back, once recorded the loss in the Laver Cup against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe on Friday September 23 in London.
All smiles despite this final setback, more than anecdotal in the face of his immense career (20 Grand Slam titles), Roger Federer collapsed once back on his bench, to the applause of the 17,500 spectators and Team Europe, whose legends Björn Borg, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. His historical rival and companion of the evening, the Spanish Rafael Nadal, was also carried away by emotion. The last image of a rivalry that will have marked tennis in the 21st century.
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As he took the microphone, Federer tried to regain his trademark verve. But his usual bursts of humor were not enough to hide his emotion, especially when talking about his wife, Mirka Federer. “It could have stopped me a long time ago, but it kept me going.he tried to slide the Swiss between two sobs. Thank you.” “It was an amazing trip, thank you all.Roger Federer finally concluded, for his last words as a professional tennis player.