Roger Federer shares warm words for his special friendship with Rafael Nadal

The Swiss Maestro shares words for his friend/rival

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Roger Federer shares warm words for his special friendship with Rafael Nadal
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hand in hand and in tears, thinking of what has been and will no longer be. An image that will make history. Who lasted the most? Needless to say, it was one of the most touching moments in the history of sport. The Prime Video series Roger Federer: Twelve Final Days is moving tennis fans across the world. It deals with the last days of the Swiss Maestro's career, spent together with his greatest rivals and his family at the 2022 Laver Cup, which that year was played at the O2 Arena in London.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
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In an interview with WELT, 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 was leaving tennis. I asked him: 'Do you want to play doubles with me?' As we sat together and Ellie Goulding sang, for the first time there was some peace and quiet and I let it all go. At that moment you just think that you were very lucky in his life. It was beautiful: all my family was there, 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 filming the video made by Louis Vuitton. It's a difficult phase for him, but I think he actually did well throughout the clay season. Having lost early to Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros, he can now take it easy ahead of the Olympic Games. Obviously I wish him only the best," explained the Swiss Maestro.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

"It was a very meaningful moment, as a way to thank Rafa. Without speaking at all, just to show him how much his presence meant to me," added Federer.

Roger wanted all his biggest rivals to be present on the day he played his last match as a professional tennis player.
In particular, the Swiss legend made a special gesture to simultaneously pay homage to a rivalry that has made the history of tennis and contributed to the growth of the entire movement. Federer in fact asked Rafael Nadal to play doubles together and what happened at the end of the match that thrilled the Laver Cup is still imprinted in the minds of every fan today.

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