'Roger Federer cares a lot for others', says top coach

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'Roger Federer cares a lot for others', says top coach

Roger Federer's career officially ended on Friday 23 September. The Swiss champion took part in the Laver Cup, the exhibition he founded, playing his last match alongside his friend and now former rival Rafael Nadal. The two were defeated by the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, but the result was irrelevant on such an evening.

At the end of the meeting, the Master received a beautiful tribute that moved everyone. Roger and Rafa's tears have gone around the world, as well as certifying the deep and sincere bond between the two. Despite his personal problems, the Spaniard nevertheless flew to London to greet one of the greatest athletes ever.

The 41-year-old from Basel has calmly accepted the idea of ​​retiring, knowing he has nothing more to prove and not wanting to further stress his bad knee. In a recent interview, Severin Luthi told a very funny anecdote dating back 13 years.

Luthi opens up on Federer

Coach, adviser, captain, friend and confidant of Roger Federer, Severin Lüthi has had many roles since they first met at a junior championship in Switzerland more than 30 years ago. And after talking about his first funny encounters with Roger, Severin told an anecdote after a “harvested” match against Jo‐Wilfried Tsonga… “What people may not realize is how caring Roger is.

In 2009 he lost a match to Jo‐Wilfried Tsonga in Montreal after leading 5–1 in the third set. I was a bit disappointed after the game and then we were in the car. Roger said to me, ‘Are you okay and everything?’.

I answered: 'Yes' I was just disappointed and always wondered what I could have done better or different, even though I knew it was 98% up to him. Roger said to me: 'I think sometimes you are more disappointed than me when I lose a match.

It was probably true!" Former American tennis player Jan-Michael Gambill has opined that Roger Federer's retirement could be a catalyst for the remaining members of the Big 4. "Rafa was so emotional. Part of it is the friendship they developed competing with him and the other side might be just seeing that the end is in sight for all these guys," said Gambill.

"Not anytime soon hopefully but the Big-4 that were there know their own mortality when they see a guy like Roger who we have associated with the game so long and if he retires then unfortunately it won't be much longer for everybody to play at that level and age," he added.