'It was the hardest moment of his career', says Roger Federer's father

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'It was the hardest moment of his career', says Roger Federer's father

All tennis fans still have in their eyes the ceremony in honor of Roger Federer that was held at the Laver Cup. The Swiss phenomenon played the last ATP event before hanging up his racket, playing doubles with his great friend.

and now former rival Rafael Nadal. The two were defeated by the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, good at canceling a match point on King Roger's serve. The last two and a half years have been very difficult for the Maestro from Basel, who had to deal with a serious injury to his right knee.

Although he underwent three operations, the problem did not go away and Roger realized he could not go on any longer. The decision was made at the beginning of the summer, but the Swiss waited several weeks before making the announcement to the world.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has promised that he will not move away from tennis, wanting to remain connected to the sport that has made him a global icon. Interviewed by 'Tages Anzeiger' during the Laver Cup, Robert and Lynette Federer commented on Roger's decision to retire.

Federer is a global icon

“Before Roger Federer made the decision and made it known to the whole world, we all got together to talk about it. The biggest problem was finding the time and place to announce it, as it all happened in the fall with the recent US Open final.

Of course, this would not have been the moment that Roger dreamed of, especially since Serena Williams had also announced her retirement on those dates, that she decided to put an end to in New York" - Robert stated.

On his most painful moments in his career: “I think the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, wasting two match points on his serve, was the hardest moment of his career. Also the two semifinals lost to Novak at the 2010 and 2011 US Open, where he again had match points in his favor”.

Former American player Jim Courier had one of the toughest tasks of not letting his emotions get the better of him when he spoke to Federer in an on-court interview. "I felt a lot of pressure to get it right because like everyone, I love Roger and I wanted him to have the moment the way he wanted to have it.

I figured he would be emotional but I wasn't anticipating that much emotion from him and from everyone else involved, especially Rafa. So it was an amazing moment to be a part of," Courier said.