'I wanted Roger Federer to have the moment...', says former ace



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'I wanted Roger Federer to have the moment...', says former ace

The whirlwind of emotions that ran through the O2 Arena for Roger Federer's last three-day event did not fade with the almost unthinkable comeback victory of Team World, who on day three thanks to Jack Sock -the doubles star player-, Felix Auger Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe gave the first pearl of the competition to the team captained by John McEnroe.

At the microphones during the closing ceremony in a rather surprising way. And genuine, as always. "I didn't expect to speak at the end of the competition, I don't have a speech, so be good", he said with a smile, looking at his team and, of course, also at the winners, as an extraordinary sportsman rather than a competitor.

"The only thing I can do is congratulate the whole Team World for what they have done in the last few days. An incredible comeback, you deserve it. And to my team, thank you for everything. The time we have spent here has been fantastic.

I hope I haven't caused the defeat [no, ed] but I guess thanks aren't enough. Bjorn [Borg] you are the king and you know it." Roger Federer also confirmed that he will be present next year in Vancouver, although obviously in a completely different capacity.

"I can say that he will be there next year. I will have a different role and position, but I will be here to support both teams. Last but not least, thanks to Rod Laver."

Jim Courier on King Roger

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 Roger 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. "I had to go to a place that I probably haven't gone to since I played tennis — to focus, concentrate, and numb myself to my surroundings. Because I knew if I lost it, it would be very difficult to get back on track," he added.

"I needed to be the one to hold the piece together, it was my job. I couldn't get involved in the emotions because my job out there is to go unnoticed. If they notice you, you've made a mistake. I'm just still coming off the adrenaline rush and I don't think my heartbeat was under 100 all day long."