Rafael Nadal says an important part of him was also leaving the men’s Tour with the retirement of the Swiss tennis star Roger Federer.
Sitting courtside Nadal cried as his great rival, Federer, bid an emotional farewell to tennis at the Laver Cup on Friday.
Nadal, who has won a men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles, said it was a difficult night for him emotionally.
This was after the defeat to the American pair of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe marked the end of the 41-year-old swiss dazzling career.
For me, has been huge honour to be a part of this amazing moment in the history of our sport, and at the same time a lot of years sharing a lot of things together,” the Spaniard said of Roger.
“When Roger leaves the tour, yeah, an important part of my life is leaving too because all the moments he has been next or in front me in important moments of my life.
“So has been emotional (to) see the family, see all the people. Yeah, difficult to describe. But, yeah, amazing moment.”
Federer, who won 20 major singles titles, played Nadal 40 times in one of the most compelling rivalries across any sport.
Despite the ferocity on court, they have remained friends off court. It was perhaps most apt that the Swiss chose to have his final dance with Nadal on his side of the net.
Loud cheers accompanied Federer and Nadal, or “Fedal” as they are jointly nicknamed, on to court. After entertaining the sellout crowd during the match, both were overcome by emotions.
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