Roger Federer: 'It’s had enormous value to me'

Roger Federer gets excited again thinking about his career

by Simone Brugnoli
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Roger Federer: 'It’s had enormous value to me'
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"It was a very significant moment, as a way to thank Rafa. Without speaking at all, just to show him how much his presence meant to me". Roger Federer wanted all his biggest rivals to be there on the day he played his last professional tennis match.

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In particular, the Swiss legend has made a special gesture to pay tribute at the same time to a rivalry that has made the history of tennis contributing to the growth of the entire movement. Federer asked Rafael Nadal to play doubles together and what happened at the end of the match that excited the Laver Cup is still engraved in the mind of every fan.

Federer and Nadal hand in hand and crying thinking about what it was and that it will not be anymore.

Roger Federer gets excited again

In an interview with WELT, Roger Federer recounted that fantastic moment trying to describe the emotions he felt.

"It was a very significant moment, as a way to thank Rafa. Without speaking at all, just to show him how much his presence meant to me. His wife was pregnant and had had some physical problems after the US Open.

That’s why I told him before the others that I would quit tennis. I asked him: 'You want to play double with me'. While we were sitting together and Ellie Goulding was singing, for the first time there was some peace and quiet and I let it all go.

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At that moment you just think you’ve been very lucky in life," said Federer. "It was beautiful: there was all my family, all my friends, the team and all the players. I was surrounded by legends.

Rafa sat next to me and it was special. We are always in contact and recently we were together in the Dolomites to shoot the video made by Louis Vuitton. It’s a difficult phase for him, but I think he’s actually done well all season on clay.

Having lost at first to Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros, he can now take his time before the Olympic Games. Of course I wish him only the best".

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