The end of an era: Roger Federer retired from tennis at the Laver Cup

The legendary Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, with an ovation that moved him to tears, put an end to his brilliant career as a professional tennis player in London after the defeat in the Laver Cup doubles.

Federer, in a pair with the Spanish Rafael Nadal, fell 6-4, 6-7 and 9-11 against the Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tifoe, at the O2 Arena, with 17 thousand spectators who eagerly awaited the fourth game of the famous exhibition tournament to see the last performance of the Basel native.

The result of the fourth game of the day was an anecdote, on a British night full of emotion and a certain nostalgia. One of the greatest tennis players in history, at 41 years old, said goodbye on a court.

When the match ended, Federer could not contain his tears, he hugged each of the members of his team, led by the legendary Björn Borg, with the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Norwegian Casper Ruud, the British Andy Murray and the Italian Matteo Berrettini, and continued with the delegation from the Rest of the World, including the Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner wept uncontrollably for several minutes and greeted the crowd at the O2 Arena with his arm raised.

After a video broadcast by the organization of the Laver Cup, Federer took the microphone for his first statements: “It was an incredible day, I am happy, not sad and it was a pleasure to be here. I enjoyed this moment, with family, friends and fans. I’m happy I did and the match was great.”

The tennis player interrupted his speech on several occasions due to emotion: “Living this was exactly how I wanted, thank you. I was happy playing tennis, I would do everything the same again. Thank you all. A lot of people supported me. I had a great time in these 30 years. Everyone is here, my children, my wife.”

And he concluded: “My parents were incredible, without them I would not be here. I lived a fantastic night and thanks to each one.”

Federer’s word also caused Nadal to cry, captured by television cameras, and his wife, Mirka Vavrinec.

Federer announced his retirement from tennis earlier after verifying that his physical condition was not optimal after three operations on his right knee that left him unable to compete this season.

The Swiss, who began his professional career in 1998, won 103 ATP titles, with 1,251 wins and 275 losses. Throughout his more than 20-year career, he was number one in the world for 310 weeks and became the oldest to achieve that position at 36 years old.

In addition, he is the player who was at the top of the ATP world ranking for the most consecutive weeks with 237.

Among his titles, the 20 Grand Slams stand out (6 in Australia, one at Roland Garros, 8 at Wimbledon and 5 at the US Open), the record for tournaments won in Basel (10), Halle (10), Wimbledon (8 ), ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (7) and Nitto ATP Finals (6).

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