Federer bid adieu Friday night with one last contest before he heads into retirement at age 41 after a superlative career that spanned nearly a quarter-century and included 20 Grand Slam titles and a statesman’s role. He wrapped up his days as a professional player with a loss in doubles alongside his longtime rival Rafael Nadal for Team Europe in the Laver Cup against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World.
The truth is that the victors, the statistics and the score (OK, for the record it was 4-6, 7-6 (2), 11-9) did not matter, and were all so entirely beside the point.
Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer in tears after Federer’s retirement is the best sports moment you’ll see in some time.
Ultimate respect. 🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/fUeY8wQSTM
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 23, 2022
A legendary career for Roger Federer 👏
🙌 369 Major match wins
🏆 103 career ATP singles titles
🏆 20x Grand Slam champion
🏅 2x Olympic medalist pic.twitter.com/2m55LoV0SV
— ESPN (@espn) September 23, 2022