David Ferrer spent fine words for Roger Federer. The Swiss Maestro retired from the Laver Cup, after playing in doubles with Rafael Nadal. Ferrer told: "I have never been able to beat Roger Federer in the major circuit, despite the fact that we have faced each other 17 times.
He always made me feel a little frustrated on thecourt. He had the ability to change the pace of the exchange very well, he had a perfect control of the ball and with that wrist he did what he wanted. Roger was pure talent. After all, talking about Federer is equivalent to talking about one of the greatest athletes of all time.
In addition to having contributed to the growth and progress of our sport, his rivalry with Rafael Nadal has taken tennis to another dimension. Tennis loses a lot without him." Ivan Ljubicic commented on the Maestro's last match in London: "We knew it was going to be an emotional and poignant evening.
None of us managed to hold back our emotions. We wanted it to be a party, not a funeral."
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.