Jean-François Pérès, edited by Thibault Nadal
Adored by some, respected by all, Roger Federer will draw a line Friday evening on nearly 25 years of an exceptional career in tennis by offering himself as a farewell ball, a double with the one who was his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London. “I don’t know if I could manage all that,” explained the Swiss.
The farewell of a legend. This Friday evening, as part of the Laver Cup in London, Roger Federer played the last match of his immense career. For the occasion, Switzerland will play a dream poster since it will be associated in doubles with its greatest rival and friend, Rafael Nadal. The two men will oppose the pair Jack Sock – Frances Tiafoe.
A planned outing?
With this dream association, Roger Federer seems to have planned the day and the way of his exit despite his recurring physical problems with his knee. “Every athlete dreams of being in control or of being able to decide on their exit. He decided to do it in London, I think it’s good, it’s worth it. He has the tributes that are due to him, there will be a lot of reactions, well beyond the world of tennis”, explains Cédric Pioline, tennis consultant for Europe 1.
“He made a lot of people want to play tennis”
This Friday evening in London, the emotion will show the 20,000 lucky people who managed to find a place. Nadal Federer side by side, it remains the question of the best player of all time. “On the game, on the technique, on the purity, he is probably the best player and the most complete. He made a lot of people want to play tennis. I don’t know what style of game will be able to replace the genius that was Roger Federer”, slice Gilles Moretton, the president of the French Tennis Federation.
—Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) September 22, 2022
The man with 20 victories in Grand Slam tournaments promises not to stray too far from this tennis that he has embodied for almost a quarter of a century. “I wouldn’t be a ghost,” he says.