Rafael Nadal reveals he is keeping in touch with Roger Federer and says the Swiss has been enjoying his retirement so far. In late September, 41-year-old Federer ended his illustrious tennis carer at the Laver Cup. Before Federer announced his retirement plans to the public, he first gave a phone call to Nadal to let the Spaniard know before others about his intentions.
“He is happy, enjoying life, delighted. We talk regularly. We have a very good relationship and he is doing things. He was in Tokyo and other places. I have spoken with him regularly and well, the truth is, he only has to fix the knee,” Nadal told Diario AS.
Nadal on Federer’s farewell
In the final match of his career, Federer teamed up with Nadal for a doubles match. After everything was over, Federer broke down in tears several times while giving his retirement speech.
Nadal, who created one of the biggest sporting rivalries with Federer, also became very emotional and broke down in tears. That moment quickly went viral and many felt that it was the perfect example of how much Federer and Nadal respect and appreciate each other.
“The moment was his. One of the great icons in the history of sport was leaving. I was very moved because in the end, I experienced it as a rival, as a teammate, and also as a fan. I am a professional athlete but I am a great sports fan and I value it very much.
If someone like Federer leaves, it’s hard not to get excited. Happy for him because at least he retired while playing. It’s something that seemed like it couldn’t be but he got it. I think it was a very nice farewell for him,” Nadal said.
Nadal, who will be turning 37 in June, became a father recently for the first time in his life. As it stands now, Nadal plans to at least play one more full season on the ATP Tour.