Roger Federer played his final match at the 2022 Laver Cup and lost his final doubles match playing alongside his arch-rival and friend Rafael Nadal against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World on the first day of the 3-day event. This year’s Laver Cup created history when Team World claimed the trophy for the first time.
Federer’s farewell was very much emotional for everyone present in the O2 Arena in London since there was not a single person who didn’t shed a tear during the final goodbye and it is considered to be one of the most emotional nights in tennis history. Federer opens up about his desire to hold another farewell match where he could express his gratitude to his fans who have been his biggest supporters throughout his journey but isn’t sure about its possibility.
He added that “I think it would be great to hold a farewell match and thank the fans, as the Laver Cup was already sold out before my retirement announcement. A lot of people would have liked to have had more tickets but couldn’t, so I think it would be nice to have one or more farewell matches, but I don’t know if I can or should do that now. But obviously, I’d love to do exhibitions, later on, take tennis to new places or bring it back to fun places where I’ve had a blast.“
Roger Federer received an emotional farewell at the Laver Cup
Roger Federer broke down into tears and was very much emotional during the final goodbye at the Laver Cup with Ellie Goulding singing some of her famous songs in the background as a final tribute to the Swiss maestro but one thing that couldn’t be missed was when Rafael Nadal broke down into tears and couldn’t stop crying to see his friend step away from tennis.
He was lifted upon the shoulders by the players of both Team Europe and Team World to make him feel like a king before he walks off the court for a final time. It was quite a special moment for the Swiss maestro since he had his biggest rivals standing beside him during the final moments and playing together for the final time on the same team.
Federer didn’t receive a fairytale end to his career of 24 long years where he lost all his final matches but he stated about having no regrets and is happy with the end. Federer is one of the greatest athletes in the world who has etched his name in the history of tennis with his 20 Grand Slam singles titles. He is hugely admired for his calm and cool attitude on and off the court which has inspired millions to look up to his best qualities.