Earlier this summer, Roger Federer found he could no longer compete at the highest level. When he tried to push harder in training, his right knee didn't respond as he would have hoped. The Swiss champion underwent a resonance, the outcome of which was not at all satisfactory.
Within days, the King realized it was over and started thinking about how to announce it. In a letter posted on Instagram on September 15, the 41-year-old from Basel announced that the Laver Cup would be his last ATP event.
The London event did not betray the expectations, offering a show and memorable moments. The former world number 1 played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal before receiving a splendid tribute. Roger and Rafa's tears will remain one of the most iconic images of the modern era, as well as a beautiful example for young people.
The last two and a half years have been a real ordeal for the Maestro, who had tried a timid return in 2021. Federer had reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, before undergoing knee surgery again.
Federer recalls Wimbledon 2021
Roger Federer faced Adrian Mannarino in the opening round and did not play well, allowing the opponent to take two sets to one advantage. The Frenchman retired due to an injury early in the fifth set, and Federer found himself in the second round.
"Felix beat me in Halle, and I cried after that match, knowing I would not win Wimbledon. I was realistic about my All England Club chances but had to be there at all costs. I was a bit lucky against Mannarino and felt better in the upcoming encounters.
I played well against Norrie, and I believe I would have had a chance against Berrettini in the semi-final had I beat Hurkacz in the quarters. I had beaten Matteo in the past at Wimbledon, and maybe I could have done that again.
Novak Djokovic awaited in the final, and who knows what could have happened. Still, when it was all over, I felt I was miles away," Roger Federer said. In a press conference after the tournament, Federer emphasized how the format of the Laver Cup allowed the multi-Grand Slam winners to bond on and off the court.
"Even if we go for dinner at night, like here this week, I really enjoyed my time with Novak and also Andy and everybody on the team who I got to know better."