Double as a special moment – tennis

Tennis participant needs to type a duet with Rafael Nadal when Roger Federer leaves.

Press conferences have all the time been as straightforward for Roger Federer all through his spectacular profession as enjoying tennis on the earth’s greatest stadiums. This spherical with the media was tough even for the Swiss tennis participant who, even after the bitter defeat, simply answered the questions that got here to his thoughts in English, French or German.

Dressed in a white shirt and black jacket, Federer sat on a podium in London on Wednesday to deal with the world’s press for the primary time since stepping down final week. Again and once more, Federer fiddled along with his shirt a little nervously, his smile a little strained. Although Federer was calm about his inevitable resolution, you might inform it was nonetheless arduous for him. After all, the 41-12 months-outdated Swiss spent greater than half of his life on the tennis tour and gained greater than 100 titles. “It’s been a nice journey and I’m happy with my profession,” mentioned the world primary.

Over the weekend, Federer will play his final official match on the Laver Cup (not very sportingly vital). After three surgical procedures, his knee was so broken that he may now not play singles, solely doubles. “I do know my restrict,” Federer mentioned. “The knee is not only transferring ahead, it is reaching its most,” mentioned 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. “Of course I need to play Rafa,” Federer mentioned forward of the doubles match scheduled for Friday evening. “It can be a special moment.”

Federer has had a sporting rivalry with Nadal for years, however off the courtroom the 2 stars and their households are shut mates. “It’s a massive message for the game,” Federer mentioned of his special relationship with Nadal. Together, they gained 42 Grand Slam titles. “We can have many extra moments to share collectively sooner or later,” Nadal wrote to Federer final week. Perhaps there will probably be such a moment on Friday night. Federer has been in London because the starting of the week, the place he has celebrated his best victories with eight Wimbledon titles.


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