In an interview with New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey, Roger Federer revealed why he touched Rafael Nadal's hand while they were both crying during Ellie Goulding's performance at Laver Cup. "Well, I mean, it was a short moment.
I think at one point, I was sobbing so hard, and I don’t know, everything was going through my mind about how happy I am to actually experience this moment right there with everybody. And I think that’s what was so beautiful about just sitting there, taking it all in while the music was playing, and the focus was maybe more on her [the singer Ellie Goulding].
So, you almost forgot that you’re still being taken pictures of. I guess at one point, just because obviously I couldn’t speak and the music was there, I guess I just touched him, and I guess it’s maybe a secret thank you.
I don’t know what it was, but for me, that’s maybe what it was and how it felt and some pictures came out of it. Different ones. Not just that one but other ones, too, that were just completely crazy, you know, so with different angles, and I hope to get those because they mean a lot to me," said Roger Federer as quoted by The New York Times.
Bouchard reacted to the touching moment
WTA tennis star Genie Bouchard reacted on Twitter at the moment when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal held hands while they were in tears during the Swiss Maestro's Laver Cup retirement event.
See Bouchard's reaction in this article: Bouchard reacts to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal holding hands in tears.