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it is End of an era in tennis,
Roger Federer played his final match at Laver Cup in London on Friday night, losing the doubles match Teamed up with Rafael Nadali As part of Team Europe.
The two giants teamed up against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who defeated them 4-7, 7-6, 11-9.
Both Federer and Nadal shed tears as the crowd cheered on the former and they said “thank you”.
“It’s been a perfect journey,” Federer said after the match. “I’ll do it all over again.”
41 year old announced retirement last weekCiting injuries over the years has slowed him down.
“As many of you know, the last three years have given me challenges such as injuries and surgeriesFederer said, “I have worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and the message has only recently become clear to me. I am 41 years old. I am 24. Having played over 1,500 matches over the years. Tennis has treated me more generously than ever before, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my competitive career.”
Federer spoke with the crowd after the match, all taken at one last minute.
“It’s been a wonderful day. I told people I’m happy, I’m not sad. It’s great to be here. I enjoyed tying my shoes once again. Everything was the last time,” he said .
team europe Blessed to have together the top three Grand Slam winners: Federer, Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21).
“It’s been amazing. And, of course, playing with Rafa on the same team and the people, everyone here, with all the legends… it’s amazing. It really is,” Federer said. he said.
“It feels like a celebration to me,” he said. “I wanted it to feel like this in the end, and it’s exactly what I expected.”
Federer spent 310 weeks as the top-ranked tennis player in the world and retired with 20 Grand Slam titles, the third highest ever. His title: Eight WimbledonSix Australian Open, five US Open and one French Open.