He will not take part in the singles at the Laver Cup, he wants to say goodbye playing alongside Nadal

He will not take part in the singles at the Laver Cup, he wants to say goodbye playing alongside Nadal
He will not take part in the singles at the Laver Cup, he wants to say goodbye playing alongside Nadal

Roger Federer has announced that he will not play any singles matches at the Laver Cup, as he trains to play Friday’s doubles alongside Nadal in the final match of his career.

The tennis world is counting down to say goodbye to one of the sport’s legends, Roger Federer, and at the same time the Swiss tennis player is doing his best to make his swan song as melodic as possible, a week after announcement of his retirement from the courts.

This will be in the context of the Laver Cup where he will join other names in the sport (including Stefanos Tsitsipas), with the holder of 20 Grand Slam titles claiming his wish is to leave the sport competing at a “decent level”.

As he pointed out in an interview with fellow journalists on Tuesday afternoon, he is not expected to play in a singles match at the Laver Cup, but he would love to play in his last match, having as a teammate his main competitor over the years, Rafael Nadal. Most likely this unique double will take place on Friday where the 41-year-old Swiss will compete for the last time in an official match.

“I’m amazed at how well I’m training here. But it’s already been decided that I’ll only play doubles, probably on Friday night. Maybe I can play with Rafa which would be a dream.” “The King” characteristically said.

Federer also referred to his last match in June 2021, a 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0 loss to Hubert Hurkacs in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

“The last set against Hurkacs was one of the worst hours of my career. I realized that nothing was working anymore. Everything was over. The disappointment was too great. I didn’t know how I could overcome the knee problem.” he said characteristically.

Finally, regarding the four-page letter in which he announced his final withdrawal from the courts, he said: “Tony (Federer’s agent) was mad because it was taking me so long. Since it was published, I’m better.

Writing this letter took a lot of energy. It was very emotional, especially for my parents and Mirka. Now, I can easily talk about withdrawal and I didn’t expect it.

A few days after Wimbledon in July, the knee was not doing well. I asked myself: What’s the point? I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Now, I know it was the right decision. The only option”.

Source: Tennis24

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