Roger Federer classy in defeat, sends congratulatory message to Team World

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Roger Federer classy in defeat, sends congratulatory message to Team World

Roger Federer congratulated Team World on "an amazing comeback" over his Team Europe. For the first time in Laver Cup history, Team World defeated Team Europe. Going into Sunday's matches, Team Europe had an 8-4 lead over Team World.

But Team World came up big on the final day, claiming a 13-8 victory in the end. Now, Team Europe owns a 4-1 head-to-head versus.

Federer congratulates Team World on their victory

"Congratulations to Team World, amazing comeback," Federer said.

"I was very confident going into today but well done Johnny Mac [Team World skipper John McEnroe] and the rest of the team for incredible play today, you deserve it. My team has been fantastic, I've enjoyed every minute.

It's been great, it's been a little bit emotional at times. But I recovered, the team has recovered; I hope I didn't make the team lose, but I had a wonderful time and I can't thank you enough for that. I'm looking forward to next year [in Vancouver], I'll be there too and supporting both teams from a different position.

Thanks to Rod Laver, your presence means everything to us players so we can go cross-generations and inspire the next generation of young players coming through. And thanks to all the fans - you made my weekend incredible."

Federer, 41, retired from professional tennis after this year's Laver Cup. On Friday, Federer played his first match since 2021 Wimbledon. In the final match of his career, Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal. In the final match of Friday's schedule, Federer and Nadal suffered a tight defeat as Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe won in three sets.

After the match was over, Federer addressed the crowd and gave a very emotional speech. From this Monday, Federer is officially listed as a former player. This year's Laver Cup edition featured some great matches but it will forever be remembered as the place where Federer's career came to an end.