Following his retirement announcement, Roger Federer, 41, asserted his intentions to play in the upcoming Laver Cup only with the famous ‘Doubles Group’, which initially surprised the fans but at the same time informed them about his critical physical condition.
The tennis legend has said that he would dearly want to partner with Rafael Nadal in his farewell match, and, in an interview with the Swiss media on Tuesday, Federer stated his intention to compete in duets at the Laver Cup.
Why did Roger Federer wish to play alongside Rafael Nadal in his career finale?
Roger Federer will play in this match for the last time in his career, and it will happen for the first time in 14 months. In the past, Federer and Nadal played in a doubles match at the 2017 Laver Cup, and just like that time, they will once again represent Team Europe.
The Swiss player also revealed his emotions ahead of his final game of the career by saying, “Maybe I can play a doubles with Rafa, that would be an absolute dream, But I won’t be able to play singles, that was pretty clear beforehand. That’s why it was no longer an option to compete at the Swiss Indoors at the end of October.”
„Maybe I can play a doubles with Rafa, that would be an absolute dream“ – R.Federer
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When asked about the reactions of the kids, Federer claimed that his kids were upset and began weeping, which can also be seen in his loving wife Mirka, who supported him for the last two decades relentlessly. Despite tearful eyes, the kids joked with their father which Federer exclaimed by saying, “But they also always said: stop playing tennis, we want to go skiing with you.”
Speaking of Mirka, the Federer Express became emotional but remained calm with his gentleman attitude. This showed us his true professionalism, which he maintained for all these years on and off the court.
Federer’s health hasn’t been great during the past three years and he spent a significant amount of time at home with his loved ones and friends since 2020, so he is well used to what the future holds for him. Federer will play in the Laver Cup one more time, and if everything goes really well his knee might get cured soon enough.
Keeping aside his knee injury, the tennis legend may play charitable tournaments like he used to do since becoming a global brand ambassador for a lot of philanthropic organizations over the years.