Finally and very unfortunately we are on the verge of watching Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer play for the very last time. The 41-year-old will step on the court for the final time to participate in the Laver cup with Rafael Nadal as his men’s doubles teammate.
The 20 times Grand Slam winner announced his retirement from the sport last week following his knee injury. Federer last participated in Wimbledon 2021 where he lost in the quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz.
Although, his fate was hard hidden by a terrifying knee injury. The injury was so horrible that he had to be operated on thrice in a small span of 18 months.
He’ll pair up with Spanish ace Rafael Nadal in the super match. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have enjoyed almost a two-decade-long rivalry. And in total, they have 42 Grand Slam singles titles in a golden era for the men’s game.
Both the Tennis players have posted against each other 40 times, including nine finals. The Spain International has got the better of his Swiss opponent 24 times while Roger Federer has won in the nets 16 matches.
The team of six players which will represent Team Europe also includes Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, both of them have been part of the so-called ‘Big Four’ in men’s singles. Italian Matteo Berrettini will take Federer’s place for the final two days of the three-day tournament.
What does Roger Federer say about his last match and retirement?
“Of course, it’s super special playing with Rafa. Also just walking out on the court and having the chance to play with the likes of Rafa or Novak also in the past has been an amazing experience for me,” Roger Federer said.
The whole world went frenzy after Roger announced that he’ll retire from Tennis. But the Tennis Legend has assured that he’ll be connected to the game and fans even after his retirement.
“I love seeing people again, and that’s kind of what I wanted to let the fans know that you’ll see me again. Not just never again. Now what it could be, in what capacity, I don’t know. So I still have to think about it a little bit but give myself time,” added Federer.