Roger Federer, the former world number one is officially retired from the professional world as he played his last match at the Laver Cup in the doubles match alongside one of his closest friends and arch-rival Rafael Nadal against the American duo Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. Federer and Nadal fell short of the win in the tie-breaker as the American pair defeated them 4-6,7-6(2),11-9.
Tiafoe and Sock winning the match awarded Team World 1 point which equaled Team Europe and Team World scores for day 1 of the 3-day event of the Laver Cup. But after the win, Tiafoe’s on-court antics during the match along with his shot selections were not appreciated at all on social media, and was bashed for spoiling the Swiss maestro’s farewell.
Tiafoe has the unique style of hitting big serves and a strong forehand. It was also seen during the doubles match at O2 Arena since a couple of the American’s volleys were directed toward his opponents and in one instance, the ball hit Federer’s shoulder while brushing past Nadal. He received a lot of criticism for playing an aggressive level of play against two of the legends with Federer’s final match in consideration.
Frances Tiafoe’s antics were highly criticized during Roger Federer’s farewell match
Tiafoe has sometimes been on the receiving end for his outbreaks of displaying strong emotions on the court during matches. He was called to be ‘one of the worst players‘ and even ‘bringing shame to the sport‘. He was even questioned for not playing with the same intensity at US Open despite Tiafoe having a good season in New York.
As Federer drew curtains on his career and broke down into tears, O2 Arena witnessed one of the most emotional farewells as each person in the stadium either in the audience or present on the court was in tears as the match concluded especially his doubles partner Nadal who was inconsolable. His other teammates in Team Europe were also very much emotional since Federer is the first of the Big 3 to end his career.
Federer is remembered as one of the greatest athletes in the world as he became the first man to win 20 Grand Slams in the Open era and has been a great inspiration on and off the court to each and every individual with grace, grit, and determination. His journey from a ball boy in Swiss Indoors to becoming one of the greatest in tennis is a true example of hard work, passion, and self-confidence.