Roger Federer admitted he was disappointed following Team Europe's first defeat at the Laver Cup. This past weekend in London, Team World defeated Team Europe 13-8. After beating Team World in each of the first four Laver Cup editions, Team World finally earned their first victory over Team Europe.
Team Europe led 8-4 heading into Sunday's matches, but then lost each of the three matches played on the final day. “Yeah, of course, I’m disappointed. I was on the team, almost lost my voice and my hands hurt from clapping,” Federer said.
“We wish the result would be different. I told Andy (Murray) in the locker room, I don’t like losing. It’s not fun. It just leaves not the best taste, you know. I think once you have been there and taste success, it’s just not the same.
I hope tonight can be still somewhat of an enjoyable evening. Of course, this weekend has been all over the place for me. I enjoyed it, but it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get the win”.
Federer suffered a loss in his lone match played
In his final tournament, Federer played just one doubles match.
On Friday night, Federer played doubles alongside Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal made a good start to their match, but Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe stormed back to win 4-6 7-6 (2) 11-9. After the match, Tiafoe received criticism online and one reported even asked whether he apologized to Federer.
“He’s got a lot to apologize after the last 24 years after beating everybody on the tour," Tiafoe answered. "No, I won’t apologize, but I will say thank you for having me in this amazing event, you know, what he’s done for the game, also say thank you for what he did for the game.
He’s a class act. Happy to know him, happy to call him a friend, happy to call him a colleague and best wishes in his second act, but I will not apologize”.