It wasn’t the best way Roger Federer anticipated, neither did the hundreds who had flocked to the O2 Arena in London on Friday night time, nor the thousands and thousands who stayed glued to their tv units to catch the legend one remaining time on courtroom. But a tearful Federer bit adieu to the game, drawing curtains on his illustrious profession with a defeat in a doubles tie on the Laver Cup 2022 along Rafael Nadal. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, 41, and Nadal, taking part in for Team Europe, went down 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 9/11 towards Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
“It’s been a wonderful day. I’m happy not sad,” he mentioned. “Feels great to be here, and I enjoyed doing everything one last time. Funny enough, with all the matches, fans, family, friends, I didn’t feel much stress. Happy I made it through the match. I couldn’t be happier.”
This was once Federer’s first on-court look in about 14 months, having remaining performed at Wimbledon 2021 ahead of being sidelined along with his extended combat with knee harm. Yet, Federer checked out his antique highest within the fit. He was once fast across the nets and regarded spectacular along with his groundstrokes. However, the Swiss maestro failed o check in his 1382nd win of his profession, comprising singles and doubles.
The two “greatest rivals a friends” with ease received the outlet set ahead of Tiafoe and Sock broke them early in the second one set. Federer and Nadal broke again right away, pushing the set to the tie-breaker the place the pair conceded the lead as Sock and Tiafoe held their nerve. Federer and Nadal then nudged forward within the fit tie-breaker going 3-0 up in fast time ahead of attaining fit level. But the Team World pair had different plans as they crashed Federer’s swansong with an improbable win.
Nevertheless, Federer bids adieu to the game as a legend having received 20 Grand Slams as a part of his profession tally of 103 titles and spend 310 weeks at No.1