Roger Federer : Of course, this day, this match, had to come for Roger Federer and tennis, as it surely must for every player in every sport.
Federer said farewell Friday night with one more match before retiring at 41 after a stellar career that includes 20 Grand Slam titles and a statesman’s status. He ended his professional career with a loss in doubles partnering longtime rival Rafael Nadal for Team Europe in the Laver Cup against Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
The fact is that the winners, statistics, and score (for the record, it was 4-6, 7-6 (2), 11-9) didn’t matter and were completely irrelevant. After all, the event was all about the parting. Or, more accurately, Federer’s farewells to tennis, fans, competitors, and colleagues. And, of course, each entity’s farewell to Federer.
When the match, and therefore his professional tennis career, came to a close, Federer hugged Nadal, then Tiafoe and Sock. Federer then burst into tears. Federer put his hands on his hips, his chest heaving, as the audience clapped and yelled affectionately. Then he said, “Thank you,” while clapping back at the crowd who had screamed, “Let’s go, Roger!” Let’s go!” at the finished of a contest that lasted more than two pr more hour and ended about 12:30 a.m.
His wife, Mirka, their four children – twin girls and twin boys – and Federer’s parents later joined him on the court for embraces and, yes, more sobbing. Members of both squads worked together to hoist Federer into the air.
“It’s been a fantastic day for me .” “I told the boys that I’m glad; I’m not sad,” Federer remarked. “I liked lacing my shoes one more time.” “Everything was the same as the last time.”
Tennis legend Roger Federer played his final professional match, capping a career marked by shot-making brilliance, trophy-winning heroics, and fights with elite competitors during a golden period for men’s tennis.
For his farewell, the Swiss player teamed up with longstanding opponent Rafael Nadal in a doubles match that lasted from Friday night into Saturday. They were defeated 6-4, 6-7, 9-11 by American combo Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who triumphed after a gruelling tiebreak. But the contest itself was more significant than the outcome.
“We’ll get over this,” Federer remarked after the match, in tears. “It was a Best adventure, and I would do it all over again and again .”
Federer reminded the world on the Laver Cup’s distinctive charcoal grey court of the skill that captivated spectators and stunned opponents in a career that is coming to an end owing to injuries. He did, though, display a lack of precision when he smacked a ball into the net to trail by a break in the second set.
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Federer and Nadal sobbed together as the curtain came down on one of sport’s greatest storylines, a career filled with wins that much outweighed the losing leave-taking. Long-time adversaries hoisted him into the air. As the crowd applauded, he and his wife Mirka hugged.
Although loss was not in the cards, it was a night of celebration for two of the sport’s best — and most serious — competitors. Federer guffawed as Nadal nearly avoided a ball aimed at his head, breaking three decades of court silence.
The week leading up to Federer’s farewell match was a whirlwind. The demand for tickets skyrocketed. They had already been sold out. Ticketless fans gathered outside the venue in front of giant screens to see Federer one final time, having waited early to catch a peek of practise.
Rather of hogging the spotlight, he shared it with his main rivals: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. The “Big Four” practised together in the days preceding up to the match, which Djokovic described as a “once in a lifetime event.” That friendship extended to dressing up for supper and standing in front of London’s lit Tower Bridge.
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Roger Federer is the first of the four to resign. The only issue now is how long the surviving members will stick around. Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, recently played what was likely her final match.
Such departures create a void, putting further pressure on the next generation, which includes women’s number one Iga Witek of Poland and top-ranked men’s player Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, to turn their successes on the court into the type of wider recognition that attracts new fans to tennis.
To imitate Federer is to convert youth’s potential into longevity. Federer’s decision to retire in doubles rather than the arduous solitude of singles competition, at the age of 41, is just another indicator of how more than 1,500 matches have taken their toll on his body.
It was his first match since losing in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2021. Federer has not won a major since the Australian Open in 2018, but he came close the following year at Wimbledon when he failed to convert two match chances against Djokovic.
Though his 20 Grand Slams are no longer a record, he set new standards in men’s tennis by exceeding Pete Sampras’ previous record of 14 titles. Whereas the American champion had already departed when Federer broke his record at Wimbledon in 2009, Nadal and Djokovic did not wait for Federer to retire to take the lead.
However, some of the Swiss great’s records stand, including an unbroken 237 weeks as men’s world number one. He is also the oldest guy to be ranked first. Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles, more than any other player. Federer