Roger Federer‘s retirement from tennis, precisely on the occasion of the Laver Cup in September in London, gave some truly unique moments in the history of the Game, with many champions and rivals on the court greeting the Swiss tennis player.
A truly speechless farewell ceremony, with tears from the Belgrade native himself but also from the other two members of the Big Three, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal: “Roger Federer’s farewell was a sad but emotional day”
The Spanish number 2 in the ATP ranking recalled what happened a few months ago in London, in an interview with Marca: “Roger’s retirement was a sad and emotional day at the same time.
I think he’s one of the great icons in the history of sport in general, so it’s been a difficult time not only as a rival and teammate, but also as a lover of tennis. The same thing happened with Pau Gasol or Zidane and it will happen with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
They are people you have grown up with all your life, sharing moments and watching them on tv, making them almost like family. And when they retire, like Roger did, you know you’ll never see them play again.” On the issue of retirements, Rafa then added: “As for my retirement, I don’t see it for a simple fact: I’m not one who tries to guess, predict or prepare the future, because things change very quickly.
I know that moment is closer than last year, no doubt, and two years ago. This is pure logic. But ultimately it’s something that when it has to happen, it will happen. I wish it was on a tennis court, yes!” On the proposal or provocation to play the last match at the Bernabeu against Carlos Alcaraz he replied: “I’m not able to talk about it” Nadal will be among the main stars, with Djokovic and Alcaraz, og thr much awaited Australian Open 2023, wich will start on 16 January 2023.