Rafael Nadal described Roger Federer's retirement as "saying goodbye to an important part of my life." Nadal, 36, witnessed Federer's farewell at the Laver Cup. For the final match of his career, Federer wanted to team up with Nadal for a doubles match.
Nadal and Federer, who created one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history, always had a very respectful relationship. After their doubles match at the Laver Cup was over and Federer's career came to an end, Nadal got very emotional and broke down in tears.
"Because of the contrast of styles, personalities and affinity, and for sharing so many beautiful things on and off the court, Roger Federer's retirement was saying goodbye to an important part of my life," Nadal said, per ESPN Tenis.
Nadal happy Federer received a memorable send-off
In London, Federer was accompanied by his three biggest rivals - Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. While Federer and Nadal were playing, Djokovic and Murray supported them from the bench.
After everything was over, Nadal was that Federer got a chance to enjoy a very memorable send-off from tennis. "It was a beautiful day, emotional, but also sad. A legend of world sport has retired, without a doubt. He was an adventure companion.
We shared many years on the circuit and many important moments that we competed together. I am happy because Roger got an unforgettable night in London on his farewell, with the affection of so many people worldwide. He deserves it for being a great example and an icon.
In that sense, for me to be part of his last professional moment was a hard day, but with many emotions," Nadal said. Meanwhile, Nadal had another injury-plagued season in 2022. However, Nadal plans to continue his career as simply quitting has never been an option for Nadal. This year, Nadal won two Grand Slams and now he is a record 22-time Grand Slam champion.