Imposing ovation for Roger Federer on the day of his last match as a professional tennis player

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* The standing ovation for Roger Federer on the day of his last tennis match

The 2022 edition of the Laver Cup will remain forever in the history of tennis. It will be unrepeatable. The O2 Sand of London opened its doors this Friday, September 23 to host the first day of matches between the Team Europe and the Team World. However, all eyes will be on the last match of the day when Roger Federer dispute the doubles in what will be his last time as a professional tennis player.

Although the Swiss will only be active hours later, was present at the stadium very early to be part of the presentation of the teams. There he was the last to jump onto the field and earned a standing ovation of the thousands of people who will have the privilege of seeing its final function.

The 41-year-old tennis player, who a week ago made public his decision to leave professional sport, will play for the last time in the company of his friend and rival Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard and the Swiss will be part of the first point of their team’s doubles against the duo made up of the North Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

The duel is scheduled to be played at the end of the match that the British will have Andy Murray against the Australian Alex de Minaur. That game has a starting time of 7:00 p.m. in London (3:00 p.m. in Argentina), so it is speculated that Roger will be on court not before 8:00 p.m. in that city (16 in Argentina).

Roger earned his well-deserved ovation in London (Photo: Reuters) (ANDREW BOYERS /)

This tournament, which is sponsored by Federer himself, began to be played in 2017 and has exhibition category, beyond the fact that it is a highly anticipated event on the tennis calendar due to the large number of stars that participate and the particular format that it has. For example, each matchup is played over three sets with a super tie break if the first two are tied. In addition, on the first day each victory adds one point, on the second two and on the last day of competition three points. The first team to accumulate 13 of the 24 units in play is crowned champion.

While this will be his official goodbye, statistics will indicate that the last time he Federer was in a court for the points was on July 7, 2021 when he was beaten in the Wimbledon quarterfinals by Poland‘s Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 in his first three-set loss at the All England Club in 19 years.


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