Roger Federer couldn’t contain it.
The tennis legend was in tears after his storied career came to an end on Friday. Laver Cup doubles loss With longtime nemesis Rafael Nadal.
“It was a perfect journey,” Federer told the London crowd, who cheered him on throughout the match.
“It was a lot of fun. It was amazing. Thank you guys. I had so many people cheering me on. To all of you here tonight, it means the world.”
Federer and Nadal, who represent Team Europe, beat Team World’s Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9, Marks the end of Federer’s runHis knee, after three surgeries, has prevented the 41-year-old from reaching the top of tennis as he usually does.
“I enjoyed tying my shoes again,” he said. “Everything was last minute. The funny thing is that we have all the matches and we have the fans here, the fans, the family, the friends, so there was not a lot of stress. [an injury might happen] in a match. So I am very happy that I made it through. The match was great. I couldn’t be happier. It was great. And of course, playing with Rafa on the same team, everyone here, all the legends…thank you. ”
Federer showed his strength during his post-match interview with Jim Courier, occasionally stopping to wipe away tears.
“So far I feel okay. At least I can talk,” he said. “In my vision, I couldn’t speak, so I’m doing much better.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner thanked his family. His wife Mirka his Balinek, children and parents all sat in the front row at the baseline.
“It’s great because everyone in my family is here tonight. It’s been really fun for 13 years. [of marriage]Girls and boys are all here. My wife was very supportive. She could have stopped me long ago, but she didn’t. She kept me going and allowed me to play. very. Thank you very much.
“I always find it funny that we always blame my mother because without her of course I wouldn’t be here. Thanks to my parents, you were great. Thank you And thank you so much I can’t thank you enough.It was incredible my God.Awesome night.Thank you guys.”