There was a sure second from Roger Federer’s retirement match that went unnoticed and got here to followers’ consideration after it surfaced on Twitter a day after the emotional night time for tennis fraternity. It was a gesture from Novak Djokovic after Federer was in tears on the finish of his farewell recreation on the 2022 Laver Cup in London on Saturday which ultimately led to a memorable image.
Federer’s illustrious 24-year-long profession got here to an emotional finish on Saturday after his doubles match with Rafael Nadal on Day 1 of the Laver Cup. The Workforce Europe pair had misplaced within the tie towards Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Workforce World. Following the loss, Federer was left in tears as he gave an emotional speech which was adopted by a efficiency from Ellie Goulding earlier than Federer was joined by his household.
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After all of the celebration, Federer went in the direction of the centre of the courtroom to thank the followers when Djokovic was noticed signally the Workforce World members to hitch the members of Workforce Europe and collectively they gathered round Federer and hoisted him into the air as a bid to pay their final tribute to the previous world no.1.
Forward of his final match, Federer had defined how vital it was for him to play his final match alongside gamers gamers he has confronted throughout his profession reasonably than going it alone.
“Having all the opposite guys round simply felt like I used to be not going to be lonely asserting my retirement,” he mentioned throughout his last solo press convention as knowledgeable participant on Wednesday.
“Not that I wished to hijack this occasion or something, however simply felt — I at all times really feel sorry for gamers who typically retire on the tour, say, I’ll play yet one more match, then at one level you lose and there you stand on their own. Clearly 99% of the time you’ll lose at one level as a result of just one man wins the event.”