The aftermath of the emotions of the Laver Cup (which ended two days ago with the first win for the World Team), the scene of Roger Federer's emotional farewell to tennis, will linger for some time. The Swiss super champion tried until the end to return to the circuit to finish on a high note, in his own way, but frequent knee problems finally forced him to go no further.
And the friendly competition that pitted European tennis players against those from the rest of the world was, for Federer, the right setting to put an end to his glorious career. Among the many illustrious personalities ─ tennis players, but not only ─ who wanted to give a thought to the 20-time Grand Slam champion was also Chris Evert.
The former United States champion ─ 18-time Major winner ─ wanted to pay tribute in her own way to "The Swiss Master", as Federer is nicknamed, shedding light on the affection and esteem that the Swiss has always had from Federer.
his peers: "No champion has been as loved by his peers as Roger Federer," Evert wrote on Twitter without mincing words. The last few days have been really important for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis player participated in the 2022 Laver Cup in London, an event in which he was especially close to his great friend and rival Roger Federer and his farewell match.
The two, protagonists of the famous 'Fedal', a historic rivalry that lasted about twenty years, played together in the last match of the Swiss (he lost to the Sock-Tiafoe couple). In addition to the great emotions, Nadal's tears were impressed at the withdrawal of his great friend and partner, a rather rare episode in the world of sport.
Federer has transcended tennis
Tomas Berdych spoke candidly about his former rival Roger Federer. "Those who wanted to compare the greatest aces by numbers would find arguments for different players. The number of Grand Slam titles may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who have left a huge mark.
I think Roger will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he is a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he did for tennis cannot be outweighed by any results," Berdych said. "There were a lot of people who watched matches or started playing themselves because of his skill and performance on the court.
That's what makes him superior to others. Though of course I can understand if a fan finds something special about Nadal, Djokovic or other players," he said.