Australian tennis legend Rod Laver said that it was definitely very emotional to follow Roger Federer's final match. On Friday night in London, Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal for his final match at the Laver Cup.
Federer and Nadal, who were playing together for the second time, suffered a tight defeat as Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe won 4-6 7-6 (2) 11-9. "Retirement comes to all at some stage, but it seems the greater the player, the harder the moment.
That was hard, @rogerfederer. We laughed, and cried, and celebrated with you, and we will continue to do so for a long time. Thank you for being a friend," Laver tweeted following Federer's final match.
Retirement comes to all at some stage, but it seems the greater the player, the harder the moment.
That was hard, @rogerfederer. We laughed, and cried, and celebrated with you, and we will continue to do so for a long time. Thank you for being a friend. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/qFhBaEApnR — Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 24, 2022
Laver was in attendance for Federer's final match
Federer, who captured 20 Grand Slams during his astonishing career, always had a great level of respect for Laver.
On Friday night, Laver was among those who came to witness Federer's final match. Shortly after his final match, Federer suggested he may play exhibition matches in the future. “The message from me was just making sure I relay my passion for the sport to the fans, and I let them know that hopefully we'll see each other again on a different type of tennis court," Federer said.
“I have no plans whatsoever, where, how, when. All I know, I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank yous for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me. Because the hard part about the Laver Cup was that tickets were already sold out.
You know, the people who maybe would have also loved to be here couldn't make it. Maybe there is another way down the stretch we can party all together”. This week, Federer told media he will stay involved with tennis even in his retirement.