Swiss tennis great Roger Federer’s career came to an end on Saturday in a loss at the Laver Cup with old rival and friend Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal defeated Team World’s Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 11-9 at the O2. After the game, Federer was emotional as he recalled some of the biggest highlights of his career. Seeing Federer, Nadal couldn’t help but shed tears and was quite emotional.
Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in tears after Federer retired are some of the best sports moments you’ll see in a while.
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Australian Open officials also shared a photo of Nadal and Federer crying together, with the caption: “Best opponent, best buddy #Fedal.”
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Throughout his career, Federer has been very competitive with Nadal and Djokovic. He played 40 matches against Spaniard Nadal, the Swiss tennis player trailing 16-24. Against Djokovic, Federer trailed 23-27.
The matches against Nadal and Djokovic, however, caught everyone’s imagination, and no one can forget Federer’s Wimbledon finals against Nadal and Djokovic in 2008 and 2019, respectively. Both are marathon races that lasted more than 4 hours.
In addition to eight Wimbledon titles, Federer has won five US Opens, one French Open and six Australian Opens. During his career, Federer has competed fiercely with the likes of Nadal and Djokovic. These touted “Big Three” stars dominate the sport.
It was in the 2006 season that Federer tasted his greatest success, as he went on to win 12 singles titles and go on to a 92-5 match record. The Swiss tennis maestro has reached the final with a staggering 16 of the 17 matches he has played this season.
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