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In doubles with rival Nadal - Roger Federer's impressive career ends emotionally - sports

In doubles with rival Nadal – Roger Federer’s impressive career ends emotionally – sports

  • Roger Federer’s brilliant career in London ended in the Laver Cup.
  • Along with Rafael Nadal, the duo lost against Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 11-9.

It would have been very cheesy if Roger Federer’s incredible career ended with a win alongside Rafael Nadal. However, the chances were there: in the 9:8 score, “Vidal” had a match ball when Federer sent, which they could not use due to a mistake by the Swiss.

Enjoy Federer and be convinced

The defeat is not a disadvantage towards the end of his career, on the contrary: the match was close and Federer showed that even at the age of 41, after persistent knee problems and a lack of matches recently, he can still keep up with the best players in the world. Federer did not allow a single break ball in his service matches. The end of this amazing career deserves to be enjoyed by the “maestro” alongside Rafael Nadal, his favorite doubles partner and longtime rival.

He did this perfectly. The mood of the 41-year-old Swiss and his 36-year-old Spanish teammate has been excellent at all times. The two often laughed after the points or before the agreements, but without losing sight of the seriousness of the points. Federer seemed to be enjoying the evening and really soaked up the atmosphere.

This was also the case, for example, when a fan stripped naked in 8 Federer and Nadal shirts during the break. “In the end he should be naked,” the Basel bidder joked, and the microphone made the reaction.

Federer provided the first magical moment in the third game. He played a forehand into the opponent’s field through a small hole between the net and the net post – which of course gave his opponents a point because the ball did not cross the edge of the net. But it was the first highlight, the sequence would spread quickly.

A worthy farewell game

In the first round of Federer’s farewell match, everything remained on the line long before “Vidal” broke their opponents Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe at the crucial moment. To make it 6:4, they took Tiafoe’s serve and secured the pass.

In the second set, after a break from Sock/Tiafu to make it 2-1 and a break through Federer/Nadal’s serve to make it 3-3, the tiebreak had to be decided. The duo “Team World” took the initiative and did not concede it to the Europeans. The end result was 7:2.

The match was decided – how could it have been otherwise – by a tie-breaker for the champions. Both players responded to the perfect start by Federer/Nadal (3:0) with 4 points in a row. There were small breaks from Sock/Tiafoe again to make it 8:7, followed immediately by two service hacks to make it 9:8 before Federer’s match ball, initially billed, fell into the net. This gave Seok and Tiafu a boost. The winner returning from the latter was followed by a win with a forehand from Sock that ended Roger Federer’s career forever.

London is drowning in a sea of ​​tears

Then came the emotional farewell. Not only did Federer shed a lot of tears, he drowned out almost all of his teammates, especially the top rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Of course, the family also became emotional. His four children were clearly present and influential, as were his wife Mirka and parents Lynette and Robert. They all gave goodbyes a decent place.