“A secret thank you” Roger Federer opens up about the “overwhelming” moment of holding Rafael Nadal’s hand during his farewell at the Laver Cup

Roger Federer opens up about the moment he held Rafael Nadal's hand during his farewell at the Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer, the 41-year-old former Swedish tennis professional is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. With 20 grand slam titles to his name, Federer has etched his name among the all-time elites of tennis. The Swiss recently retired from professionally playing tennis as he played in the Laver Cup as his last tournament.

There were a lot of moments from Roger Federer’s farewell that caught the public eye at the Laver Cup. One of the most iconic moments from Federer’s farewell was when the Swiss icon was seen holding longtime rival Rafael Nadal’s hand in a heartwarming moment. Fans lauded the sportsmanship and the respect both the players have for each other.

Talking about holding Nadal’s hand, Federer said, “Well, I mean, it was a short moment. I think at one point, I was sobbing so hard, and I don’t know, everything was going through my mind about how happy I am to actually experience this moment right there with everybody.

I guess I just touched him, and I guess it’s maybe a secret thank you. I don’t know what it was, but for me, that’s maybe what it was and how it felt and some pictures came out of it. Different ones. Not just that one but other ones, too, that were just completely crazy, you know, so with different angles, and I hope to get those because they mean a lot to me.

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Fans get emotional over Roger Federer’s retirement

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

Federer recently took to social media to share the news of his retirement with his fans. The Swiss icon played at the Laver Cup as his farewell tournament. In an iconic moment, Federer played the last match of his career alongside longtime rival Rafael Nadal in doubles match against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

After conquering the tennis world, Roger Federer has finally retired from professionally competing. Undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time, the Swiss maestro has left a huge mark on the sport and will be remembered for many future generations to come.

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Akshit Bhatnagar is an avid sports fan who covers Tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from JECRC University, Jaipur. He is a huge Tennis and Football fan who supports Bayern Munich and loves Novak Djokovic.