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Roger Federer finishes legendary career with doubles match alongside Rafael Nadal

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The legendary career of Roger Federer ended in a fitting way: next to Rafael Nadal.

The Swiss tennis legend played the last match of his professional career at the 2022 Laver Cup on Friday in London, choosing to partner Nadal in a doubles match against American Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

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While playing for the European national team, Federer and Nadal lost 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 but had a lot of fun along the way, as did almost the entire crowd and other players present, including other Federer rivals such as Novak Djokovic . and Andy Murray knew the night would be wires.

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The evening ended with Federer and Nadal, tennis great rivals, sitting next to each other, both in tears. At one point they were holding hands.

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During the match, spontaneous smiles were common from the players on the touchline to the players on the court to the man in the referee’s chair, with regular chants and applause in support of Federer, who was returning from a long hiatus due to knee surgery.

Even at ease, the two legends were in serious trouble with Sok, a four-time Grand Slam champion in doubles and mixed doubles, and Tiafoe, who was coming out of a breakthrough in the semi-finals of the US Open.

European team players Roger Federer (right) and Rafael Nadal during a match against world team players Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe on the first day of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London.  Date photo: Friday, September 23, 2022. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)
European team players Roger Federer (right) and Rafael Nadal during a match against world team players Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe on the first day of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London. Date photo: Friday, September 23, 2022. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Federer announced last week that he was retiring from tennis after the Laver Cup, ending a career that saw him win 20 Grand Slams in singles, once a men’s record and one of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen. against players like Nadal and Murray. Once the most dominant force in the sport, Federer’s career was limited towards the end by constant injuries, but his status as an icon was never in doubt.

Highlights of Roger Federer in the final match

Friday’s matchup started with the usual serve dominance seen in doubles, with no breakpoint until the end of the first set. It took Nadal a wild throw to keep the pair in the set’s decisive break.

There was also a strange moment that seemed oddly perfect when Federer, while trying to break through the net, somehow hit the ball. through net:

The two sides traded breaks in the middle of the second set, which eventually ended in a tiebreaker, with Tiafoe and Sok winning 7-2. It took some good tennis to get there:

A tie after two sets meant a 10-point winner-take-all tiebreak (outside of Grand Slams, things are different). Federer and Nadal took a 3-0 lead before Thiafo and Sok bounced back to equalize at 3-3.

The night shot was actually made by Sok, who somehow turned the overhand into a winner with pure reflexes landed from the service line.

Neither side increased their lead by more than one point before the end of the tiebreak, until Sok and Tiafoe took the tiebreak and match 11-9, closing the book of their careers since 1998.

Federer, known for being one of the toughest clients in the sport, was emotional as he hugged the rest of the players on the touchline and then cheered to the cheering crowd while holding back tears.

It won’t be the last time Federer picks up a racquet, but it’s the end of his ATP Tour and Grand Slam appearances. For a long time he was the face of tennis and he was a great face for the sport. There may still be Nadal and Djokovic in tennis, as well as up-and-coming players like Carlos Alcaraz, but this is undoubtedly the end of an era.

Players who weren’t lucky enough to be there in person posted tribute after tribute on social media:




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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