Roger Federer ended his career on Friday at the Laver Cup after 25 years on the Tour! Federer decided to terminate his glorious tennis journey after dealing with a knee injury for three seasons. Roger underwent three surgeries since February 2020, playing only six tournaments in the previous three years and failing to compete injury-free.
Federer gathered his greatest rivals and friends at the Laver Cup in London and played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal. Two legends lost to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock after squandering a match point before an emotional ceremony that sent Roger into a well-deserved retirement.
Team World won their first Laver Cup crown on Sunday thanks to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe, who sent them over the top. Roger spoke during the closing ceremony, thanking everyone for participation and announcing another gathering in Vancouver next year.
Federer will travel to Canada to watch more thrilling battles between Team Europe and Team World, although he does not intend to become Team Europe captain. Roger and Rafa joined on the court for one last time and gave their best despite not being at 100%.
Two legends suffered a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 loss in two hours and 13 minutes after giving their everything and squandering that match point in the match tie break. Both teams served well until 4-4 in the opener before Federer saved a break point in game nine.
He and Rafa broke Frances in game ten to claim the opener 6-4 in 42 minutes. The Americans broke Nadal on the third break chance at 1-1 in the second set before Team Europe broke in game six to lock the result at 3-3. Rafa had to dig deep in game 11 after facing six break points.
Roger Federer will watch the Laver Cup in Vancouver 2023.
He and Roger erased them to reach a tie break, but Sock and Tiafoe claimed it 7-2 to introduce a decider. 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 shot. 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 the battle continued 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. "I do not plan to take over the Team Europe captaincy.
Probably one day, but not for now. I'm looking forward to being in Vancouver next year. I'm sure it will be fantastic," Roger Federer said.