Roger Federer ended his career on Friday at the Laver Cup after 25 years on Tour. Federer decided to end his glorious tennis career after dealing with a knee injury for three seasons. Roger has undergone three surgeries since February 2020, playing only six tournaments in the previous three years and unable to compete without injury.
Federer brought together his great rivals and friends at the Laver Cup in London and played his last match alongside Rafael Nadal. The two legends lost to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock after wasting a match point before an emotional ceremony that sent Roger into a well-deserved retirement.
The World Team won its first Laver Cup crown on Sunday thanks to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe, who put them on top. Roger spoke during the closing ceremony, thanking everyone for his participation and announcing another meeting in Vancouver next year.
Federer will travel to Canada to see more exciting battles between Team Europe and Team World, although he has no intention of becoming captain of Team Europe. Roger and Rafa teamed up on the track for the last time and gave their best despite not being 100%.
Two legends suffered a 4-6 7-6 11-9 loss in two hours and 13 minutes after giving it their all and wasting that match point in the tie break of the match. Both teams served well until 4-4 in the first game, before Federer saved a break point in the ninth game.
He and Rafa broke Frances in game ten to claim the first game 6-4 in 42 minutes. The Americans broke Nadal on the third break chance in the second set, before the European team broke in the sixth game to close the result at 3-3.
Rafa had to go all out in the eleventh game after dealing with six break points.
Jim Courier praises Federer
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. "They have such a deep connection and as they've aged, that connection has forged a bond between the two of them," Courier said. "The Roger Federer story doesn't exist without Rafa and the reverse is also true.
For them to have that moment together. You don't typically get to script your exit and Roger was lucky enough to do that."