Roger Federer, who was in the squad of the European team in the Laver Cup held at the O2 Arena in London, the capital of England, played the last game of his career.
Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal lost 2-1 to World’s Jack Sock-Frances Tiafoe in the doubles match. The farewell of Federer, who stated that Laver Cup will be his last tournament, with a statement he made on his personal social media account last week, witnessed emotional moments.
Federer, who couldn’t control his tears after the match, stated that he was happy even though it was the last game of his career. “Everybody is here, so it’s a great situation for me. My wife has been so supportive throughout my career. She could have asked me to say goodbye to tennis a long time ago, but she didn’t. It kept me going and allowed me to play this game.”
“I would do it all over again”
The Swiss tennis player, who thanked everyone who supported him throughout his tennis career, said, “I had a team that traveled the world with me throughout my career. This journey with them was incredible. Thanks to everyone who has contributed all these years. I was really happy to play tennis and spend time with my friends. It really ended here. It was a perfect journey. “If I started tennis again, I would do everything all over again,” he said.
“It was a great honor for me to be a part of this moment”
Rafael Nadal, with whom Roger Federer competed throughout his career and also a very close friend, made statements about the Swiss tennis player after the match. Stating that they started the doubles match very differently, the Spanish racket said, “I must say that the first few serves were very difficult for me. I couldn’t do my normal movements. I started with a double mistake and I was a little shaky. It was a difficult day to handle everything one by one and everything was very emotional in the end. It was a great honor for me to be a part of this amazing moment in the history of sports and also to witness these moments of Federer, with whom we shared many things together for many years. When Roger leaves the tour, an important part of my life is leaving because in important moments of my life or He was with me or against me as a competitor,” he said.
Top 310 weeks
Roger Federer, who ended his career at the age of 41, achieved many important achievements during this time. Federer, who managed to stay at world number one for 310 weeks throughout his career, topped the singles rankings 5 times at the end of the year. The Swiss tennis player, who has 103 championships in his career, won 20 championships in 31 Grand Slam finals. Of these 20 championships, 8 came at Wimbledon, 6 at the Australian Open, 5 at the US Open and 1 at the French Open.
Farewell message from athletes
During and after Roger Federer’s last match was played, he shared on his social media accounts about the farewell of the Swiss racket with many names from the world of sports. German football player Toni Kross shared the tweet “I never want this to end” while watching the match. Czech female racquet Petra Kvitova, who has won Wimbledon twice in her career, shared, “It was great to watch you until your last game. What a great way to end your career! Thank you Federer”.
Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of Roger Federer’s teammates in Laver Cup, said, “This moment would never have been possible if Roger had not given me the opportunity to dream. I owe this moment to him. I love you with all my heart.” Croatian racquet Marin Cilic, who won the US Open in 2014, said of the Swiss racquet, “Humble in victory, graceful in defeat. Even in the toughest moments, he always looks out for others, his teammates, his opponents, his fans, his family. The highlight of the class. You will be missed so much.” shared her feelings.