Roger Federer on young Rafael Nadal: "He struggled to look in the eye"

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Roger Federer on young Rafael Nadal: "He struggled to look in the eye"

During an interview carried out shortly before the start of the Laver Cup, Roger Federer revealed how the idea of ​​a last double with Rafael Nadal was born. Federer told: "The idea of ​​playing doubles with Rafael Nadal came to me spontaneously and I let him know ten days in advance.

I told him that I would probably only play doubles and that it would be special for me to share. the field with him." Roger recalled Rafa's first steps on the ATP Tour: "When he made his tour debut, he was an outgoing guy on the pitch but very shy off the pitch.

He struggled to look you in the eye. As time went on, he started to open up and become more confident. Our bond has strengthened and I am proud of the relationship we have now." The Swiss is convinced he made the right choice: "I worked hard to get back in shape, but the body sends signals that must be listened to.

I didn't want to risk everything, that was never my goal. painful decision, but it was the right thing to do."

Roger's retreat: the dream end in London

Roger Federer's career ended on Friday night at London's O2 Arena.

As he promised, the Swiss phenomenon played doubles with his great friend and rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded in 2017. The two were defeated by Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, good at canceling a match point on King Roger's serve in the super-tiebreak.

The 41-year-old from Basel received a splendid tribute at the end of the match and could not hold back tears, as did Nadal and Tsitsipas. It was not easy for the Maestro to decide to retire, but his knee no longer allowed him to compete at the highest level.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has experienced a real ordeal in the last two and a half years, using three operations that have put a strain on his body and his mind.