Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal‘s special camaraderie was witnessed during Federer’s farewell when the Spaniard got very much emotional and couldn’t stop crying while bidding farewell to his good friend and arch-rival over the years. They have been listed as having one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the sport. Federer lost his farewell match at the Laver Cup playing alongside Rafael Nadal in the doubles match against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Nadal has once again shown his admiration and respect for the Swiss maestro by installing a special memento in Rafael Nadal’s museum present at the ‘Rafael Nadal Academy‘ in Mallorca, Spain. It is a signed custom-made blue Wilson Pro Staff RF-97 racquet that Federer used at the Laver Cup in 2019 that was a custom-made by the Swiss’ usual racquet provider company Wilson.
Besides the racquet, a special jersey of Team Europe is placed along with a signed jersey of the brand Nike that is signed by each member of Team Europe. Nadal has archived the Laver Cup uniform in memory for Federer since it is the tournament where the Swiss played his final match and bid adieu to the sport after 24 long years. The extensive museum showcases memorabilia from Nadal’s decorated career. It also contains historical pieces belonging to other tennis icons and is a popular tourist attraction.
Rafael Nadal had been part of Roger Federer’s farewell keeping aside his personal issues
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup citing personal reasons after playing the final match with Federer. He had flown down to be part of the Laver Cup, especially for Federer’s farewell event keeping aside his personal issues since the Swiss maestro had requested him to make his presence at his final moments. Being rivals for many years, they have become good friends on and off the court and have supported each other’s accomplishments.
Nadal had even expressed that with Federer’s retirement, a sense of vacuum will be left behind in his career since they have been playing together for the last two decades and have been each other’s competitors always.
Rafael Nadal, as a token of respect and admiration for the Swiss maestro, has kept one of the two luxury suites at his academy in the name of Roger Federer which has a larger-than-life portrait of Federer along with some quotes written on it that the Swiss legend believes in.