Roger Federer was a bundle of emotions when it came time to deliver a speech after the last game of his career, a doubles match with Rafael Nadal by his side came to an end. The Nadal-Federer duo lost the match to Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe later on Friday night, 4-6 7-6 11-9. After the game, Federer shook hands with all the players in his team and Team World and got too emotional. He had said in the pre-match press conference that he didn’t want his farewell game to become a “funeral” where everyone is crying. But when the moment finally came, the Swiss superpower couldn’t handle its emotions.
“I had so many people cheering me on. My family is here tonight. I’ve had so much fun over the years, my wife has supported me. She could have stopped me long ago, but she didn’t. She allowed me to I wouldn’t be here without my mom, thank you to her and my dad. It was unbelievable, my God,” said Federer, trying to hold back his tears.
Watch Federer’s emotional speech below.
The fans also could not control their emotions and poured out their hearts on Twitter. Check out some comments.
I have no more tears. No. — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) September 24, 2022
___ — Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) September 23, 2022
The fact that Rafael Nadal, his longest rival to date, couldn’t handle his emotions and was in tears made the night even more tears. Even Novak Djokovic had tears in his eyes as he leaned towards Federer and lowered his head to hide his emotions.
There will never be one again #RogerFederer
Thanks for the memoriespic.twitter.com/13OrRgmbZF
— Twitter Sports (@TwitterSports) September 23, 2022
“… to say goodbye to a team, I’ve always felt like a team player at heart. Singles don’t really do that, but I’ve had a team that traveled the world with me. It was great with them, so thank you to everyone who made it work for so many years.” #RForever pic.twitter.com/vfeIWkFOln— ATP tour (@atptour) September 24, 2022
American duo Sock and Tiafoe, pantomime villains for the night, tested Federer’s reactions with some lustful blows aimed at the Swiss maestro who would have demanded nothing less. Federer was right on pretty much everything though, his silky smooth shots and nimble footwork were very intact despite such a long time away from the competition field.
The pair with a combined age of 77 and 42 Grand Slam titles between them reached the opening set by breaking Tiafoe’s serve. Despite the party atmosphere in the stadium, there was no danger that Federer’s farewell match would become a spectacle.
It was a tough game of tennis in Federer’s farewell game and at the end everyone shed a tear of two to say goodbye to one of the greatest athletes of all time.