All tennis fans still have in their eyes the ceremony in honor of Roger Federer that was held at the Laver Cup. The Swiss phenomenon played the last ATP event before hanging up his racket, playing doubles with his great friend.
and now former rival Rafael Nadal. The two were defeated by the Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, good at canceling a match point on King Roger’s serve. The last two and a half times have been veritably delicate for the Maestro from Basel, who had to deal with a serious injury to his right knee.
Although he passed three operations, the problem didn’t go down and Roger realized he couldn’t go on any longer. The decision was made on the morning of the summer, but the Swiss awaited several weeks before making the advertisement to the world.
The 20- time Grand Slam champion has promised that he’ll not move down from tennis, wanting to remain connected to the sport that has made him a global icon. Canvassed by’ Tages Anzeiger’ during the Laver Cup, Robert and Lynette Federer reflected on Roger’s decision to retire.
Federer is a global icon
“ Before Roger Federer made the decision and made it known to the whole world, we all got together to talk about it. The biggest problem was chancing the time and place to advertise it, as it all happen in the fall with the recent US Open final.
Of course, this would not have been the moment that Roger pictured, especially since Serena Williams had also blazoned her withdrawal on those dates, that she decided to put an end to in New York” Robert stated.
On his most painful moments in his career “ I suppose the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, wasting two match points on his serve, was the hardest moment of his career. Also, the two semifinals lost to Novak at the 2010 and 2011 US Open, where he again had match points in his favor ”.
Former American player Jim Courier had one of the toughest tasks of not letting his feelings get the better of him when he spoke to Federer in an on-court interview.” I felt a lot of pressure to get it right because like everyone, I love Roger and I wanted him to have the moment the way he wanted to have it.
I figured he’d be emotional but I was not anticipating that important emotion from him and from everyone differently involved, especially Rafa. So it was an amazing moment to be a part of,” Courier said.
source ; https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Roger_Federer/121309/-it-was-the-hardest-moment-of-his-career-says-roger-federer-s-father/