Roger Federer expressed his gratitude to his many fans for their unwavering support during his lengthy career as well as with his resignation from the 2022 Laver Cup in a lengthy interview for the ATP website. In his words: “The moment is now for me to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped me throughout my career.
My supporters have aged alongside me. I would never have had these feelings had it not been for the people’s support. I shall miss engaging with everyone, including the fans.” Then the Swiss maestro continued: “In my letter, I specifically stated that it is not farewell because I have always enjoyed playing tennis and traveling.
For me, it was crucial to stress that I wouldn’t stop playing tennis. People will get another chance to see me here, albeit in a different capacity. I came to the realization that joining the tour again would not be possible at the start of the summer.
I tried increasing the workload, but my knee showed no improvement. which I underwent in July verified that there had been no advancement.” At the Laver Cup, the event he invented, held from September 23–25 at London’s O2 Arena, Roger Federer paid tribute to tennis.
The former world number one, who hadn’t played in more than a year, teamed up with his buddy and fiercest foe Rafael Nadal to play a doubles match. Despite the Swiss player having a match point on his serve in the super tiebreak, both were lost by Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
At the conclusion of the game, the 20-time Grand Slam champion received an excellent tribute while breaking down in tears. Nadal started crying as well, and the picture of them both holding hands with him quickly became recognizable.
Flink on Federer and Nadal
Steve Flink, an American sports historian and journalist, provided insight into the peculiar nature of the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“Unavoidably, there were some challenging times, such as the 2006 Italian Open final when Roger thought Toni Nadal was talking too much. But they moved past those instances so quickly and painlessly, “Flink remarked. “I believe they have respect for those who compete for the most prestigious awards.
There has never been anything like it—playing three consecutive French Open finals while also competing in Wimbledon finals. Given that each man is competent enough to compete in the finals, how can you not appreciate one another?
Therefore, I believe that in some respects, the enormous regard they had for one another was established at that moment “He declared.