Roger Federer was grateful for the message he received from Andre Agassi and added he misses the American tennis legend. After Federer announced his plans to retire from tennis after the Laver Cup, former eight-time Grand Slam champion Agassi paid a tribute to the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Agassi, a former world No. 1, retired from the game after the 2006 US Open. "Your game and spirit taught us how beautiful tennis can be played, @RogerFederer. Every moment you shared has left us all better off. Thank you, RF," Agassi tweeted.
Federer to Agassi: It means a lot
"Means a lot Andre, loved our matches and miss you," Federer wrote in a response to Agassi's message.
Federer and Agassi clashed 11 times during their careers.
Agassi had more success early on in their rivalry, having won their first three meetings. After losing his first three meetings versus Agassi, Federer won the next eight matches versus the American. Agassi's first victory over Federer came in 1998 Basel, while his second and third victories came in 2001 (US Open) and 2002 (Miami).
From 2003 to 2005, Federer and Agassi clashed eight times - with the Swiss winning each of those eight matches. 2003 was the year when Federer captured his first Grand Slam title and when it all started for him. Now, Federer's astonishing career is set to end.
However, Federer is grateful for everything that tennis has given to him. "Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.
The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but just not in Grand Slams or on the tour." Federer's final tournament will certainly be very emotional.