Roger Federer: 'I never thought was going to happen'

“I never thought this would happen”

Roger Federer’s farewell triggered a lot of emotions, not only among tennis fans. In addition to the protagonist of this evening, many around him were overcome with emotion: Rafael Nadal in particular. The Spanish tennis player, partner in the last double of the Swiss champion, his great rival and great friend.

The twenty-two-time winner of Grand Slam titles spoke again about this dense evening, into the microphones of El Partidazo de COPE: “It was a moment of many shared emotions. There are many years in which we have enjoyed one of the best athletes of all time, not only because of his titles but also because of the way he won them.

No one in history has achieved those goals in such an elegant, majestic, and so easy way.” One of the themes often repeated these days after the retirement is the rivalry that existed between the two: It started in a way.

and it ended with another, in the words of the Mallorcan tennis player: “Like everything else, the rivalry had its phases. It was a relationship that was beautiful from the start and grew stronger over the years.

In the end, our way of looking at the world, and the rivalry itself, probably made our personal relationship more important than our professional ones. In fact, our friendship has grown stronger over the years: the fact that we were together on the Players’ Council to try to improve the world of tennis made us spend many hours together.

We also get along well, even if we sometimes have different opinions. Our rivalry has evolved as well as our personal relationship.” The emotions of the last game and the hypothesis of the Bernabéus One of the iconic moments of this last game of Roger Federer was the cry of liberation from the two former number ones , who were holding hands as Swiss champions, was celebrated.

Nadal explained: “I’m a sensitive person. When you see someone you care about crying, it’s hard not to get emotional. It’s a little bit out of control situation (laughs) because it was a difficult moment to deal with and the worst .

Federer’s career is over

Roger Federer seems to have come to terms with his retirement. He stated that he felt “complete” and happy that the curtain had fallen on his career. “I think I feel complete.

I lost my last singles game. I lost my last double. I lost my voice from screaming and the support of the team. I lost as a team last time. I lost my job but I’m very happy. I am fine. I am very good. That’s the ironic part, everyone thinks of a happy fairy tale ending, you know? And for me it did end up like that, but in a way that I never thought would happen,” he said.

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