The crowd at London’s O2 Arena witnessed history last Friday night. The 20-time Major winner Roger Federer picked the Laver Cup as the final event of his career, gathering his friends and rivals in a tennis festival. Roger has been dealing with a knee injury for almost three years, undergoing three surgeries and deciding to end his tennis journey after failing to recover.
Federer didn’t want to risk his knee in London, entering only one doubles match and picking his great rival Rafael Nadal as his mate. Nadal couldn’t reject the call, arriving in London on Thursday despite not being at his stylish after an abdominal injury.
Federer lately explained that he called Nadal after the US Open, informing him about his withdrawal without making any Laver Cup plans. Roger still didn’t know if he’d play in London, but he made it in the end and contended alongside his great friend and rival one further time.
Rafa and Roger faced Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe and squandered a match point in a 4- 6, 7- 6, 11- 9 loss in two hours and 13 twinkles.
Roger Federer retired at the Laver Cup, with Rafael Nadal playing by his side.
Nadal and Federer made a good launch and pulled the break back in the alternate set to reach a tie break.
The Americans claimed it in style and crushed an early deficiency and a match point in the match tie break to crop at the top. Rafa plodded in his games further than the other players. He faced a break point at 4- 4 in the nature, and he and Federer saved it before breaking Tiafoe in the coming bone
to decide the nature 6- 4.
The Spaniard lost serve at 1- 1 in the alternate set, and he and Roger pulled it back after Frances’ double fault in game six for 3- 3. Nadal was in trouble again at 5- 5, floundering to gain free points and facing six break chances.
Team Europe saved them and wrapped it up with a service winner for a massive boost. Jack and Frances stayed calm and claimed the tie break 7- 2 to remain in contention and gain confidence. Nadal took charge at the launch of the match tie break before the red team rattled off four straight points for 4- 3.
The legends fought well and created a match point at 9- 8. The Swiss failed to seize it on his serve, and Frances fired a return winner for their first match point. Sock landed a forehand down the line winner to shoot Roger into a well-justified withdrawal.
” I called Rafa after the US Open to tell him about my withdrawal. I just wanted to let him know before he started making some plans without the Laver Cup at all. I told him on the phone that I was presumably 50- 50 or 60- 40 on making the doubles.
I told him,’ Look, I’ll keep you posted. You let me know how effects are at home, and we will reconnect,'” Roger Federer said.