Status: 21.09.2022 12:59
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer held an emotional press convention at the end of his career forward of his closing Laver Cup match.
Only doubles will play as Laver Cup farewell: Roger Federer.
Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa
“When you understand it is the end, it is unhappy. You wish to play endlessly. But it has been an excellent journey,” Roger Federer mentioned at a Laver Cup press convention in London on Wednesday (Sept. 21, 2022). The end of his career was “a really emotional and scary second for him.” Nevertheless, he’s comfortable with the resolution as a result of it’s the proper one.
Federer underwent a 3rd operation on his proper knee in August final 12 months. He misplaced his final match on the tour on June 28, 2021 in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon towards Poland’s Hubert Hurkach in three units.
When requested what the finest moments of his career have been, he hesitated: “There have been so many.” He then celebrated his fifteenth Grand Slam win at Wimbledon, surpassing then-record holder Pete Sampras.
Don’t be a ghost
He desires to be intently related with tennis in the future, however he doesn’t but know in what capability: “I do not wish to be a ghost. Tennis has given me an excessive amount of for that. we’ll see one another once more.”
Federer will not compete in the Laver Cup at the end of his career. It was identified prematurely, mentioned the 41-year-old Swiss in an interview with the sda information company. “But with the Laver Cup mode, I feel I can play doubles on Friday night time,” Federer defined.
In the final match, he desires Rafael Nadal subsequent to him: “Of course I wish to play with Rafa. It can be a particular second.” Federer has had a sporting rivalry with Nadal for years, however off the court docket the two superstars and their households are shut associates.
A dream for Bjorn Borg
The Swiss requested European captain Bjorn Borg if he can be okay with solely taking part in doubles in the Laver Cup. “He mentioned it was his dream to see me on the tennis court docket once more. I’ll strive. Actually, I used to be shocked by my stage,” mentioned the Swiss, who beforehand skilled with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Roger Federer ends his tennis career
Number one in 310 weeks
Federer has received 20 Grand Slams and 103 ATP Tour titles in his career. He led the world rankings for 310 weeks.
Now comes his closing look in the fifth version of the Laver Cup in London from September 23-25. The European crew competes with the world crew. There are three singles and one doubles competitors on every of the three days of the match.
Popular gamers in the starting
In addition to Federer and Tsitsipas, the document winners of the “Grand Slam” match, Rafael Nadal (Spain), Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Casper Ruud (Norway) and the British Andy Murray, will play in the European crew. Team Welt, coached by John McEnroe, consists of Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada), Diego Schwartzman (Argentina), Taylor Fritz (USA), Alex de Minaur (Australia), Francis Tiafoe (USA) and Jack Sock (USA).