Roger Federer retirement: “Happier to finish our career like friends” Rafael Nadal becomes nostalgic, struggles containing tears in farewell speech

A heartbreaking evening in London as a Swiss legend’s dream conclusion is thwarted by a loss in the doubles match of the Laver Cup, where his duo Rafael Nadal was also seen shedding tears amid clapping by other team members on the inaugural match.

Touching tributes from the spectators and other celebrities also captured the attention of many during the Roger Federer retirement event against American duo Sock and Tiafoe.

How did Rafael Nadal react at the time of Roger Federer retirement?

Rafael Nadal, who was in tears when Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis during the Laver Cup game on Friday, stated, “A big part of me is also departing the men’s Tour with his retirement.”

When the game was over, the crowd erupted in raucous applause as “Fedal,” as Federer and Nadal are collectively known as, entered the court. Both were emotional after delighting the sold-out audience during the game. The Team Europe members applauded Roger Federer. After losing in the doubles final at Lavers Cup on Saturday, the most captivating rivals broke down in tears.

A video of the pair that has gone viral online shows Rafael Nadal sobbing while watching his great adversary, Roger Federer, bid a tearful farewell to tennis while they were sitting courtside together and they represented Team Europe in the Lavers Cup.

Europe and Team Global compete in the international men’s team tennis competition on indoor hard courts. At the O2 Arena in London for the grand finale, the team suffered a crushing loss.

Rafael Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, admitted, “For me, has been a huge honour to be a part of this amazing moment of the history of our sport, and at the same time a lot of years sharing a lot of things,” and fans saw that it was indeed a difficult night for him personally as the 41-year-old Federer’s illustrious career came to an end in their loss to the American duo of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

20 major singles championships have been won by Roger Federer throughout his career. He has faced Rafael Nadal about 40 matches.

In 2021, he had a knee injury. The tennis superstar didn’t play another match after that. He declared his retirement last week at the age of 41 and due to their outstanding play, Federer and Nadal now have one of the most exciting rivalries in the history of tennis.


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