Golf legend Jack Nicklaus congratulated Roger Federer on a great career and wished him all the best in the next chapter of his life. Nicklaus, a former 18-time Major champion in golf, absolutely loved watching Federer's matches.
"I remember when I retired from playing golf, you know it was a sad day but a happy day. That's a sad day for all of us who are tennis fans, who are Roger Federer fans. And I loved coming to Wimbledon, I loved to go to the US Open and other places to watch you play.
I am going to lose watching my favorite player because it was really fun watching you. You were sensational. I love the way you handled yourself on the court. I love the way you handled yourself off the court. You have been a true champion for not only the game but for your family and everybody that you know loves you.
Congratulations my friend, on a great career and I wish you all the best in your retirement, enjoy," Nicklaus said in a video message posted by the ATP.
Federer retired after the Laver Cup
Last Friday night, Federer's astonishing career came to an end.
At the Laver Cup, Federer teamed up with Rafael Nadal for one final doubles match. In the final match of his career, Federer suffered a tight defeat as Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe claimed a three-set win. After the match was over, there was a special ceremony on the court, during which Federer addressed the crowd.
During his speech, Federer broke down in tears several times. For Federer, it was a great send-off as he was accompanied by his close people and some of his biggest rivals. In his final tournament, Federer got to play alongside Nadal and fellow Big Four group members, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, were also present. After everything was over, Federer expressed gratitude to everyone who helped make it a great send-off.