Roger Federer's latest performance as a professional tennis player brought a lot of tears. The Swiss champion ended his legendary career playing a double with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup, staged at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September.
The two were defeated by the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, good at canceling a match point on the King's serve. At the end of the match, the 20-time Grand Slam champion received a splendid tribute and spoke a few words to Jim Courier's microphones.
Both Roger and Rafa burst into tears and held hands, an iconic image that went around the world in just a few seconds. The former ATP number 1 accepted with serenity the idea of retiring, being aware of his limitations and that he can no longer be competitive at high levels.
His right knee has given him tremendous problems over the past two and a half years, forcing him to undergo three operations. At Eurosport Spain, David Ferrer spent fine words for Federer.
Ferrer pays tribute to Federer
"On a professional level, I could never beat Roger Federer, despite the fact that we faced each other 17 times"," Ferrer said.
"In that aspect, he always made me feel a little frustrated, he was a player who changed rhythms very well during games, he dominated the ball perfectly, what he had on his wrist was pure talent" The former World No.
3, however, heaped rich praise on the 41-year-old's contributions to the sport. "In the end, talking about Roger Federer is talking about one of the most charismatic players in the history of tennis, if not the most," the Spaniard went on.
"Apart from the fact that he has contributed a lot for the health and progress of this sport, the rivalry he has had with Rafa made tennis evolve a lot, so now tennis loses a bit without him. Tennis is Roger Federer."
In a recent conversation, Berdych discussed the GOAT debate and addressed that numbers can serve as a measure of greatness. However, players like Roger Federer have a significant impact on the sports that cannot be shadowed by any statistics.
He said, “Those who want 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 leave a huge mark behind them.
I think Roger will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he’s done for tennis can’t be outweighed by any results”.