World No. 13 Felix Auger-Aliassime felt Roger Federer breaking down in tears showed the best of how much the Swiss loved the game of tennis. On September 23, Friday night in London, Federer said goodbye to tennis by playing doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup.
Auger-Aliassime, who was representing Team World, witnessed Federer's farewell from the court. After the match was over, Federer broke down in tears several times. Nadal, who was Federer's biggest rival, also got very emotional and also broke down in tears.
“I think they really did an amazing job of creating a great night of tennis – the speeches, the videos, the singing with the families,” Auger-Aliassime told the ATP website. “It made it a very emotional night.
When you see grown guys tearing up, like kids, without control it just proves how much tennis meant to him, how much he’s going to miss it”.
Auger-Aliassime on Federer's farewell
Auger-Aliassime, 22, is from the generation that grew up watching Federer dominate the game.
“It was sad in a way to see him go but, on the other hand, it was a celebration of his career,” Auger-Aliassime said. “How much he’s impacted the world of sports and just to thank him in the end for everything he did.
It’s good to know that he’ll be around. I’m really looking forward to his next chapter”. Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime returned to action this week at the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan. Auger-Aliassime, who was handed a very tough draw in the Kazakh capital, suffered a first-round defeat to 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut.
On Monday, Bautista Agut defeated Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-6 (6). It was the fifth meeting between Auger-Aliassime and Bautista Agut. Even though Auger-Aliassime lost to Bautista Agut in Nur-Sultan, he still owns a positive 3-2 head-to-head versus the Spaniard.