The most accurate mistake, the joke with Nadal and the tearful hug with his team: the pearls in Roger Federer’s goodbye

Roger Federer had a farewell to tennis with pure emotion (Photo: Reuters) (ANDREW BOYERS /)

Roger Federer said goodbye to professional tennis with a presentation in the doubles of the Laver Cup in the company of his historic friend and rival Rafael Nadal. The duo of legends fell to the North Americans Jack Socke and Frances Tiafoe in a match with an interesting level of the four protagonists but that was logically marked by the emotion linked to Your Majesty.

The first move that drew attention in the duel was during his first serve, with the match 1-1 and the game 40-15. The 20-time Grand Slam winner tried to close his serve with a ball that at first seemed easy, he defined with power from his right and it seemed like it was a point for his team. But from the red bench coach John McEnroe protested with laughter at the same time that Roger marked his fault. The ball went through an unusual place: a small gap below the white strap of the net. It didn’t mean too much for the score, since on the next ball they won and they were up 2-1.

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* Federer’s shot went through the most unusual space

He was in charge of closing the first set with a delicacy at the net that broke the 40 all in his favor and then with a powerful shot that Sock ended up leaving in the net to close a first set that lasted 42 minutes. Right after that defining ball, Rafa warned his team that he was going to the bathroom and unleashed laughter even from Roger himselfwho finally also decided to go to the locker room.

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* The point to win the first set and a joke from Nadal on the bench

Both were physically tired in the 11th game of the second set, which lasted ten minutes and in which they had six break balls to finally get 6-5 ahead on the scoreboard after a Sock failure. Although they finally had to go to the tie break, where they exposed their physical weakness to the lose it 7-2.

In the match tie break, they were mentally strengthened to fight against a Tiafoe who at 24 years old is 19th in the ranking and a Sock who at 29 years old is 129th in singles, but is 43rd in doubles. In that section, Roger hit a key ace to get 6-5 and that made the hair stand on end in the stadium, including the Swiss himself who celebrated with a ball against the floor.

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* A match point missed by the Federer-Nadal couple

There were, in total, more than 2 hours and 15 minutes of play to celebrate this farewell to the 41-year-old legend. A show at the height of the historical milestone. His magic, still intact, reappeared for 7-7 when he crossed a ball almost I don’t look who celebrated with emotion. That same feeling took over everyone. sand o2 when Roger served for match point with the score 9-8, although that opportunity did not prosper because the representatives of TeamWorld they prevailed 11-10. The farewell? In tears with all his teammates.

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* Roger Federer’s emotion after his last match

Rafa and Roger, who met 40 times on the circuit with 24 victories for the Spaniard, had already been doubles partners in the 2017 edition of the Laver Cup –the first in history– when they won 6-4, 1-6 and 10-5 to Sam Querry and Sock. The pair called federal jumped onto the field with a 2-1 in favor of Team Europe that they represented after the victories of Stefanos Tsitsipas (against Diego Schwartzman) and Casper Ruud (vs. Sock), in addition to the previous fall of Andy Murray (against Alex de Miñaur).

The Swiss accumulated more than a year without appearing on a professional tennis court because his last time before running off the circuit due to his knee injury had developed on July 7, 2021 when the Pole Hubert Hurkacz beat him 6- 3 7-6(4) 6-0 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, marking his first three-set loss at the All England Club in 19 years. Between January 2020 and this Laver Cup, the legendary athlete had only been able to play 20 games as a result of the different knee recoveries that he went through with the aim of being able to continue competing, something that he was ultimately unable to achieve.

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* This was how Roger and Rafa left the field of play

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