Roger Federer ended his career at the Laver Cup in September, struggling with a knee injury and playing only six tournaments since 2020. Roger did not play since the last year's Wimbledon quarter-final, and he decided to end his glorious career after failing to train injury-free.
Federer had an emotional farewell in London, gathering Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, his old friends and rivals. Federer played one doubles match alongside Nadal, facing Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe and wasting a match point in a thrilling loss.
Two legends suffered a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 loss in two hours and 13 minutes after giving their everything and squandering that match point in the match tie break. Both teams served well until 4-4 in the opener before Federer saved a break point in game nine.
He and Rafa broke Frances in game ten to claim the opener 6-4 in 42 minutes. The Americans broke Nadal on the third break chance at 1-1 in the second set before Team Europe broke in game six to lock the result at 3-3. Rafa had to dig deep in game 11 after facing six break points.
He and Roger erased them to reach a tie break, but Sock and Tiafoe claimed it 7-2 to introduce a decider. Nadal raised his level and grabbed the opening three points for an early advantage. The Americans bounced back and moved 4-3 up thanks to Sock's incredible shot.
Jack claimed another point at 4-4 while falling at the net before Rafa painted a volley winner for 5-5. Federer sent Team Europe 6-5 up with an ace, and Sock landed a service winner to follow that pace. Roger placed a volley winner at the net for 7-7, just like in the good old days.
Two legends fought back to 8-8 and refused to surrender. Tiafoe netted a backhand and offered Team Europe the first match point. The Swiss failed to pick up a forehand, and the battle continued at 9-9.
Roger Federer is not ready to be a coach at the moment.
Frances fired a return winner for 10-9 and the first match point.
Sock landed a forehand down the line winner to seal the deal and send Roger into a well-deserved retirement. The encounter ended, and we saw one of the most emotional tennis retirements ever. Both Federer and Nadal cried, and the Swiss could not hide his emotions when his wife, kids and parents joined him on the court.
Roger felt much better as soon as everything ended, returning to normal life for the first time in decades and spending time with his family and friends. Federer visited Tokyo a few days ago, joining a UNIQLO event and speaking about his post-tennis life.
Asked about coaching, Federer admitted he is not thinking about that now, with four kids at school. Also, he said that juniors could ask him for advice and support. "I'm the product of the Swiss tennis federation. I will always have that with me, which is why it's hard to create my academy.
That could potentially go against the federation, which I'm too close to. I will do more mentorship and inspirational kids day clinics with the Next Gen development program here at UNIQLO. About coaching.. never say never. Stefan Edberg said he would never coach until he got a phone call from me.
I invited him over for practice, and he said, 'ok, let me try for a year.' I do not see myself coaching, with my four children going to school and everything going on. If a junior needs support or advice, I'm happy to do that," Roger Federer said.