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It is that End of an era in tennis.
Roger Federer played his last match at the Laver Cup in London on Friday night and lost a double along with Rafael Nadal as part of the Europe team.
The two legends took on Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, whom they defeated 4-7 7-6 11-9.
Both Federer and Nadal shed tears as the crowd gave the former a rousing ovation and he said “thank you” with his lips.
“It was a perfect journey,” said Federer after the match. “I would do it again and again.”
The 41 year old announced his retirement last weekciting injuries in recent years that have slowed him down.
“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries‘ Federer said. “I’ve worked hard to get back into full competitive shape. But I also know my body’s capacities and limitations, and its message to me has been clear lately. I am 41 years old. I’ve played more than 1,500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever dreamed and now I have to realize when it’s time to end my competitive career.”
Federer spoke to the crowd after the game and took it all at once.
“It was a wonderful day. I told the guys I’m happy, I’m not sad. It feels great to be here. I enjoyed tying my shoes again. Everything was the last time,” he said.
Team Europe is blessed to have the top three Grand Slam winners together: Federer, Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21).
“It was wonderful. And of course playing with Rafa on the same team and having the guys, all here, all the legends… It’s amazing. It really is,” said Federer.
“It feels like a celebration to me,” he added. “I wanted it to feel like that in the end, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.”
Federer spent 310 weeks as the world’s top-ranked tennis player and retires with 20 Grand Slam titles, the third-most of all time. His titles: eight Wimbledonssix Australian Opens, five US Opens and one French Open.