Roger Federer to his teammates: 'Thank you guys'



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Roger Federer to his teammates: 'Thank you guys'

Roger Federer's career is over! The 20-time Major champion played his last match at the Laver Cup alongside Rafael Nadal. Two legends lost to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 after wasting a match point on one of the most emotional nights in tennis history.

The packed O2 Arena in London sent Roger into legend, alongside his teammates and rivals on the court. Roger experienced an emotional post-match ceremony, thanking his teammates on the bench before waving to the crowd. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Cameron Norrie supported Roger and highlighted his incredible career.

Federer has been dealing with a knee injury for almost three years, undergoing three surgeries and failing to take the pain away while practicing. Roger has played only six singles tournaments since the start of 2020 and none after the last year's Wimbledon.

Federer realized he could not make another comeback and retired on a memorable London night. Roger picked Rafa as his partner for his last career match, and they gave their everything against the younger Americans. Both teams settled into a fine rhythm in the encounter's opening eight games before Nadal faced a problem on serve at 4-4.

Federer saved a break point with a smash winner and fired another direct point to wrap up the game. Team Europe came from 40-15 down in the tenth game and earned a set point after Roger's volley winner. The legends seized it after Sock's error to claim the opener 6-4 and gain a boost after 42 minutes.

Federer and Tiafoe served well at the start of the second set before Nadal experienced issues behind the initial shot at 1-1. The Americans seized the third break chance to build the advantage and had to work hard in the next one.

Sock and Tiafoe survived and brought the game home to cement their advantage. Roger and Rafa pulled the break back at 15 in game six to level the score at 3-3.

Roger Federer ended his career at the Laver Cup with a loss.

Federer clinched the ninth game with two service winners at deuce, and Tiafoe served to prolong the duel at 4-5.

Sock secured the tenth game with a smash winner before Nadal faced six break points at 5-5! The Spaniard and the Swiss endured all the efforts, denied them and held with a service winner for a massive boost. Team Europe stood two points from the victory in game 12, but Sock stayed calm to introduce a tie break.

The Americans opened a 4-2 gap and extended it when Roger's forehand landed long. Frances forced Roger's mistake in the ninth point to wrap up a tie break for his team and introduce a match tie break. Nadal raised his level and grabbed the opening three points for an early advantage.

The Americans bounced back and moved 4-3 up thanks to Sock's incredible point. Jack claimed another point at 4-4 while falling at the net before Rafa painted a volley winner for 5-5. Federer sent Team Europe 6-5 up with an ace, and Sock landed a service winner to follow that pace.

Roger placed a volley winner at the net for 7-7, just like in the good old days. Two legends fought back to 8-8 and refused to surrender. Tiafoe netted a backhand and offered Team Europe the first match point. The Swiss failed to pick up a forehand and continued the battle at 9-9.

Frances fired a return winner for 10-9 and the first match point. Sock landed a forehand down the line winner to seal the deal and send Roger into a well-deserved retirement.