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Roger Federer loses final match before retirement playing alongside Rafael Nadal in doubles at Laver Cup

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Roger Federer’s legendary tennis career is officially over. The 20-time Grand Slam champion lost alongside longtime rival Rafael Nadal in Friday’s Laver Cup doubles match, the last match Federer will play. before retirement. Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock won 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9.

The result didn’t really matter as the whole world was watching to show support for the Swiss legend, from Federer’s parents in the audience to world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz watching on TV and live, tweet his thoughts. Signs were visible throughout the arena that read “Forever Our No. 1”.

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Federer reflected on his incredible tennis journey after the match, saying: “It was a great journey” and he would like to repeat it again and again. His family and Nadal were clearly crying in response to Federer’s words, and Federer himself couldn’t hold back his tears when he gave his last post-match interview.

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There were many emotions, and nervousness at the very beginning of the event was obvious. Nadal made a mistake in the first pair of innings, but he and Federer laughed it off before taking a 1-0 lead in the first set. The longtime rivals weren’t used to being on the same side of the court, so there was a little confusion at times, but they kept a carefree attitude the whole time.

Even during his final match, Federer gave the world even more amazing moments. One day he sent right hand through the hole in the corner between the net and the post.

“My eye is still fine. I saw him pass,” Federer joked to his bench at half-time.

His eyes are also caught a fan takes off some t-shirts pump up the crowd. He and Nadal laughed about it during a short break.

It was fun on the bench, but Novak Djokovic also proved to be quite helpful as he gave his teammates some tips on how to deal with Tiafoe. Team World had a good battle, but Team Europe took the first set 6-4.

Sok and Tiafoe weren’t going to just walk away, as they made the second set an interesting battle. In the middle of that set, the pairs were back and forth for a while when Nadal ran to chase the ball downed by Tiafoe but was too late. Tiafoe was impressed with the effort and ran to the other side of the net to congratulate him.

Team Europe was two points short of winning it all, but Team World went on to equalize in the second set 5-5 and used that momentum to take a 40-0 lead. Nadal and Federer are not the type to give up, so they quickly leveled the score and found the advantage. The battle continued as Tiafoe and Sok fought back. Nadal and Federer survived several break points before taking a 6-5 lead.

The match ended in a tiebreak and Sok and Tiafoe won 11–9 in spectacular fashion. Here’s the incredible rally that helped Sok and Tiafoe take the win.

Despite the loss, Federer expressed gratitude for the moment and thanked his teammates and family for their support after the match. Federer said he enjoyed tying his shoelaces one last time, and the lengthy applause he received from the audience made it clear they appreciated him for it.

“It’s like a holiday for me,” Federer said. “I wanted it to be like this at the end, and it’s exactly what I was hoping for, so thanks.”



Source: www.cbssports.com

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