Bjorn Borg explains why Rafael Nadal was so emotional at Laver Cup

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Bjorn Borg explains why Rafael Nadal was so emotional at Laver Cup

Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg thought Rafael Nadal was so emotional over Roger Federer's retirement because he was probably thinking about the day when he would be saying a final goodbye to the game. Last Friday in London, Federer's career came to an end at the Laver Cup.

For the final match of his career, Federer decided to play doubles with Nadal. After their match was over and Federer was addressing the crowd, Nadal broke down in tears. There was also one moment during which the cameras caught Nadal and Federer holding hands.

"For me, it was incredible to see. I think Rafa was so sad also because he knows that one day he will have to say goodbye too. But their doubles was the perfect happy ending," Borg said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Nadal on Federer: I'll remember him as someone unique

Nadal and Federer created one of the greatest rivalries in sports history. After Federer's career came to an end, Nadal paid him the ultimate tribute by saying the Swiss did it all on a very unique way.

"In the end, there remains the memory of someone who I believe is unique not only for what he has done but also for the way in which he has done it, with elegance and majesty and I would also say with an elegant manner on a human level as well," Nadal said.

Also, Nadal underlined that Federer was a great inspiration - not only to millions around the world, but for him too. "One of the greatest icons in the history of sports is leaving. And ultimately you live it with sadness, too," Nadal said.

"I said it the other day, in the end it's leaving someone who has entertained, moved and inspired many people in the world and somehow I am also one of them."