Former World No. 1 pays tribute to Roger Federer

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Former World No. 1 pays tribute to Roger Federer

Roger Federer's retirement left the "white sport" very touched, especially the people who were close to "His Majesty". In his environment they saw him coming before anyone else, including his coach, the Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, who highlighted everything his former pupil has done and how they prepared for this moment that came in the last edition of the Laver Cup.

"Although we were prepared to honor that last moment, it was very difficult. I knew that Roger would struggle emotionally, I think everyone expected that. But for me personally, the trigger was seeing others. Rafa (Nadal), Novak (Djokovic) and Andy (Murray) were very excited.

It was definitely very emotional. Then you see Team World or you look around and everyone is crying. The fans gave everything, it was a magnificent day. We wanted it to be a party, a celebration. It is not a funeral, nobody died, everything is fine, so we have to go ahead and celebrate who Roger is, what he brought to our sport and what he will continue to bring in the future because, as he said, he is not going anywhere.

Ljubicic commented. Precisely about the fact that the Swiss stayed linked to tennis, he mentioned: "He will not play any competitive matches, but he will definitely be close to our sport. He loves it too much not to be connected with it." The Swiss tennis player spent more than two decades on a professional circuit that saw him add countless records and be the first to reach the 20 Grand Slam barrier.

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Federer was loved by everyone

In a recent event held by Lacoste, former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten took part in a press interaction, answering questions about tennis, Roger Federer's career and his rivalry with Rafael Nadal.

"An athlete has a series of experiences and all the experiences he goes through are valid for a lifetime. It is a cycle that ends at the same time that others appear. What I found magnificent is again the brilliance of tennis, to see the importance of the opponent as well," Kuerten said.

Knowing how important Federer was for Nadal to become an even greater tennis player. If I had faced Nadal, I would have been able to improve much more than the challenges I experienced. It is wonderful," he added, as quoted by tenisnews.