Roger Federer said goodbye to tennis. On the first day of Laver Cup, after the singles matches of Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the evening session began: first the singles of Andy Murray, who suffered the first defeat of the day, then the moment of the tennis player of Basel.
The latter, therefore, played the last match of his career: a double paired with his long-time friend and rival, Rafael Nadal. Once the defeat against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe came, the scene was catalyzed all over the twenty-time Grand Slam champion, who completely abandoned himself to tears for the retirement from the sport of which he was the protagonist for twenty years.
After the match, London's O2 Stadium, fans, teammates and opponents paid tribute to Roger Federer. A celebration that continued in the following hours, until early morning, where he was the protagonist of some front pages of the newspapers.
If L'Equipe celebrated it on the day the retirement was announced, Marca dedicated its cover to the Swiss champion on the day of his last match. A different choice, however, was made by some Italian newspapers, including Corriere dello Sport.
The first page and Bertolucci's controversy
On the front page of Corriere dello Sport, the main news is the victory of the Italian national football team, flanked by the separation of Wanda Nara and Mauro Icardi, former Inter player.
Federer's farewell, however, is not present. For this choice, Paolo Bertolucci made a tough attack on social media. "Corriere dello Sport finds space on the front page for Wanda and Maurito but not for Roger Federer.
I have no words!" he wrote on his personal profile. A message that he also reiterated later, when he retweeted a post that showed the differences between the cover of Corriere dello Sport and that of Marca. We recall Roger said goodbaye to tennis in this edition of the Laver Cup.
In career he won 20 Slams title, of which 8 Wimbledon, 6 Australian Open, 5 US Open and 1 Roland Garros.