Frances Tiafoe says that Roger Federer is even a better person than he is a tennis player. In the last match of his career, Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal when they met Tiafoe and Jack Sock in the Laver Cup. After getting a win over Federer in the Swiss's last match, Tiafoe had nothing but words of praise and respect for Federer.
"Tennis won that night," Tiafoe reflected, according to Eurosport. "Playing against him was incredible. He is an inspiration for this game. An incredible ambassador for over 20 years. We will all miss him. He is a very honest guy.
He is even a better person than a tennis player. I love him too much. Thank you for the opportunity to let me play this event. Thank you for creating these events and for everything he does off the track. We are going to miss him a lot.
I'm not going to miss the fact that I beat everyone and myself at the Grand Slams. Other than that, I'm going to miss his presence in the locker room. Hats off to his team, his family, his wife and everyone for an incredible race.
Legends never die" After finishing on the losing end in each of the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World ultimately defeated Team Europe. In this edition of the Laver Cup, World Team captain John McEnroe made it clear to his players that all he cared about was victory.
"An incredible feeling. Our captain Johnny Mac [John McEnroe] was tired of losing. He kept swearing saying we had to get it this year," said Tiafoe. Tiafoe had two wins and one loss in this year's Laver Cup.
Federer became a former player
Roger Federer mentioned that being the first player in the iconic Big 4 group to retire made sense as he was the oldest of the lot.
"I’m happy I could go first, because I also am supposed to go first. So, that’s why it’s felt good. And I hope they can all play as long as possible and squeeze that lemon out. I really wish the best for them," he said.
"I got a scare with [Andy] Murray. I remember vividly when I saw him in the locker room in Australia in 2019 after his Bautista match [referring to Roberto Bautista Agut]. I remember he said, “I might be done”.
We were asked to do farewell videos; I had a chance to go. I went up to him and asked him, “Are you like seriously done?” And I remember him telling me, “Well, with this hip, I can’t play anymore,” he added.