Roger Federer Caps off an Impressive Career, Plays Last Match before Retiring

Roger Federer Caps off an Impressive Career, Plays Last Match before Retiring
Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Lorenzo Sonego in the fourth round of the men's singles, Day 7 of Wimbledon 2021 | Photo: Chine Nouvelle

On Friday, tennis legend Roger Federer played his last match in the ATP at the O2 Arena in London. It was a sendoff match with a cheering crowd and other tennis players in attendance. Federer was visibly emotional at the end of the evening.

The 41-year-old had announced on September 15 that although he was not saying goodbye to tennis for good, he was retiring from the ATP and will no longer be playing in any Grand Slam events, the Laver Cup was going to be his last one.

He has had one of the most impressive careers in men’s tennis and is widely regarded as one of the best players of all time. Federer was a force to be reckoned with in his prime, winning 20 Grand Slam titles and holding the No.1 spot for more consecutive weeks than any other player.

At the height of his career, he played in 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, winning 8.

His final match is a doubles showdown alongside Rafael Nadal for Team Europe. The two took on Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World.

Although it was a loss for Nadal and Federer, they clearly had a lot of fun and both were emotional at the end when Federer went to hug the other players in the crowd.

In a press conference Wednesday, Federer said: “For me just personally, (it was) sad in the first moment, when I came to the conclusion it’s the best decision. I kind of held it in at first, then fought it off. But I could feel the pain.”

The fans were there in support of the legend. He received the loudest reception among the players and they were plenty loud enough already for Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic. He was given a lengthy standing ovation.

When there were breaks in the singles matches, Federer took the time to wander near the stands and sign autographs.

“The crowd was electric,” Sock said. “I can only imagine what it’s going to be like for the rest of the weekend. And obviously tonight with … two of the `GOATs’ playing together.”

Federer received a number of tributes from fellow players. Casper Ruud said, “All the players will miss him.”

“Roger is a unicorn in our sport,” Tsitsipas said earlier in the week.

“He has all my respect, all my appreciation for what he has offered to tennis today. It’s something that, for sure, is not going to be forgotten for thousands of years. He has that charisma and purity and aura about him that made him kind of invincible when he was on the court.”

Tiafoe also felt similarly saying: “I don’t think we’ll see another guy like Roger, the way he played, and the grace he did it with, and who he is as an individual.”

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