Roger Federer reveals: "I thought Rafael Nadal would retire before me"

The Swiss Maestro said it would have been a shock for him, in an interview with El Pais

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Roger Federer reveals: "I thought Rafael Nadal would retire before me"
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Roger Federer greeted his tennis fans at the Laver Cup 2022, when, at the O2 Arena in London, he played his last doubles match of his career with his friend and rival Rafael Nadal. Retracing those unforgettable moments - which will soon be told in the Amazon Prime Video docu-series Roger Federer Twelve final days - The Swiss Maestro confessed to having been afraid, at a certain moment in his career, that Nadal might retire before him, as he revealed in an interview with El Pais.

"I was worried that Nadal might quit before me. There were signs that Rafa wasn't well and that he wouldn't last that long. I didn't think I could play beyond 37 or 38, and the same goes for him, but then you find yourself a place where you start to feel better. Yes, I was worried that Rafa might leave and, in fact, I thought he would leave after beating Medvedev, in the 2022 Australian Open final. I thought maybe he would. done there or at Roland Garros I would have been incredibly happy for him, but at the same time it would have been a shock for me," told Federer.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

As mentioned, in a few days the first of four episodes of the documentary Roger Federer Twelwe final days will be broadcast on Prime Video, in which the Swiss champion looks at the last twelve days of his competitive career. This will certainly be an opportunity for his many fans around the world to relive those final moments of his career at the Laver Cup, 2022 edition, in which he bid farewell to official competitions.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Guests on that occasion were many opponents and friends who experienced legendary moments with him, which will remain engraved in the history of this sport. First of all Rafael Nadal. The image of the two of them who, hand in hand, indulged in a moment of great emotion is iconic. Roger Federer wanted to retrace that fantastic moment during the same interview with El Pais.

"I keep it at home framed in a space where I have some photos from my career; I don't want photos everywhere, so I keep them in a specific area. And when I walk past it, it always catches my attention because it reflects our camaraderie, our friendship and even rivalry, all in one image. It's a moment where we're both able to reflect on everything we've just experienced, remembering our careers and how lucky we were to be tennis players, to have been able to turn our hobby into a dream profession," he revealed.

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