December 6, 2022

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Rafael Nadal shows emotion before Roger Federer’s farewell

(CNN) — When the result came, there was no Roger Federer Rafael Nadal They can hold back tears.

As British singer Ellie Goulding wraps up a memorable night in London, it may be the music that stirs the emotions, or perhaps it’s the memories; And there are many stand outs shared by these tennis greats.

As he sat next to his friend and great rival Nadal at the O2 on Friday night, they both cried. The fans chanted Federer’s nameThe two hugged each other and Federer got the final round of applause. It was undoubtedly the Swiss’s last professional match.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal cheer during the Swiss’s last professional match at the Laver Cup on September 24, 2022 in London. (Credit: Glyn KIRK / AFP)

“It’s a great honor for me to be a part of this incredible moment in the history of our sport and, at the same time, have shared many things together over the years,” the Spaniard said of Federer, according to Reuters, after the pair lost in the Laver Cup doubles match to American pair Jack Sock and Against Frances Tiafoe.

“With Roger’s retirement, yes, an important part of my life is leaving, because all the moments he was near me or in front of me were important moments in my life. So it was emotional (to see) the family, to see all the people. Yes, it’s hard to describe. But, yes, An incredible moment.”

Laughter attack between Federer and Nadal 1:00 p.m
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Federer and Nadal have met 40 times. The 2008 Wimbledon final was the most memorable of one of the sport’s biggest tournaments, which Nadal won in the final set. It is considered one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

Between the two they have amassed 42 Grand Slams (Federer 20 and Nadal 22).

However, despite their on-court spats, they remain friends, and Federer chose Nadal as his doubles partner during the tournament. The alliance between the two was affectionately called “Fedal” by fans.

Federer celebrates with Nadal during their doubles match.

“I think the personal relationship improves every year,” Nadal, 36, told reporters. “I think in the end we somehow realize that we have a lot in common. We can approach life in a similar way.”

“We have completely opposite styles on the pitch and that makes our matches and our rivalry one of the biggest and most interesting,” he added.

“I’m very proud to be a part of his career in some way. But I’m even more happy to end our lives as friends after everything we’ve shared on the pitch as rivals.”

Former world number one Federer, a player who will be remembered as one of the greatest champions in any sport, has described his 25-year professional career as a “perfect journey”.

Federer broke down in tears after playing his last match.

“It feels like a celebration for me. I wanted to feel like that at the end, and that’s what I was hoping for, so thank you,” he said during an emotional courtroom speech.

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“It was a perfect trip and I would do it again.”

The 41-year-old Swiss tennis player thanked his wife Mirka for her support: “Everyone is here, boys and girls. My wife has been very supportive. She could have stopped me long ago. But she didn’t,” commented Federer.

“She let me keep playing, which is great. Thank you.”