The Swiss tennis player and one of the greatest of all time Roger Federer (41) played the last match of his career at the Laver Cup in London, and he ended his magnificent career by playing a pair with his long-time and great rival and friend Rafael Nadal.
Federer and Nadal played a match against Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in which they were defeated 2:1 in sets (4:6, 7:6, 11:9), but the result was completely on the back burner because of everything that was happening after the match.
The legendary Swiss could not hide his emotions, he gave an emotional speech in front of his rivals, family, and fans, and there were tears.
In the end, he was given an unforgettable standing ovation.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles requested to play the match only in pairs, in the confrontation between the European and world teams, and the reason lies in the fact that he has not yet fully recovered and despite the great struggle to return to the field, he is not ready for the challenges that tennis demands.
One of the greatest tennis players of all time (41) suffered three knee surgeries and played his last match at Wimbledon last year against Polish Hubert Hurkacz. It seemed that the injury was behind him and that he was ready to return to the field, but right before the performance at the Laver Cup, the pains returned, and thus the decision to officially end his career came.
The Swiss won 20 Grand Slam titles and finished as the number one player in the world for six years. In front of him is Rafael Nadal with 22 Grand Slam titles and Novak Djokovic, who has 21. In total, he won 103 ATP tournaments, which is more than Nadal and Djokovic.
Roger Federer is usually described as "the greatest of all time", "the greatest athlete of the 21st century", and "poetry in motion" There is no doubt that with his unique appearance he overcame the boundaries of tennis, becoming the idol of lovers of the "white" sport.
Roger Federer has won everything there is to win in this sport, but his elegance and humility have earned him the affection of the crowd and become a fan favorite over the past two decades. His respect for others and unwavering commitment to the sport he loves set him apart from everyone else.
Although others may surpass his records, Roger will always be remembered as the ultimate tennis champion who changed the game.