Roger Federer’s farewell generated many emotions in tennis fans, and not only. In addition to the protagonist of that evening, many around him were overwhelmed by emotion: in particular, Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis player, who was a partner in the Swiss champion’s last double, his great rival and his great friend.
The twenty-two-time winner of Grand Slam titles spoke again of that dense evening, to the microphones of El Partidazo de COPE: “It was a moment of many emotions together. There are many years in which we have enjoyed one “of the best athletes of all time, not only because of his titles, but also because of the way he won them.
No one in history has achieved these goals in such an elegant way, majestic and so easy” One of the themes that is repeated a lot in these days after the retirement is the rivalry that has existed between the two: it started one way.
and it ended in another, in the words of the Majorcan tennis player: “Like everything else, the rivalry has had its phases. It was a relationship that was beautiful from the beginning and has grown stronger over the years.
In the end, our way of seeing the world and the rivalry itself made our personal relationship probably more important than the professional one. For years, in fact, our friendship has grown stronger: the fact of being together in the Players’ Council, to try to improve the world of tennis, made us spend many hours together.
In addition, we understand each other well, although sometimes we have different opinions. Our rivalry has evolved in the same way that our personal relationship has evolved.” The emotions of the last match and the hypothesis of the Bernabéu One of the iconic moments of that last match of Roger Federer was the liberation cry of the two former number ones , who they held hands as the Swiss champion was celebrated.
Nadal explained: “I’m a sensitive person. When you see someone you care about crying, it’s hard not to get emotional. It’s a bit out of control situation (laughs), because it was a difficult moment to handle, and the worst .
Federer’s career is over
Roger Federer seems to have come to terms with his retirement. He stated that he felt “complete” and happy with the way the curtains came down on his career. “I think I feel complete.
I lost my last singles match. I lost my last doubles match. I lost my voice from screaming and supporting the team. I lost the last time as a team. I lost my job, but I’m very happy. I’m good. I’m really good. That’s the ironic part, is everybody thinks about happy fairy-tale endings, you know? And for me, actually it ended up being that but in a way that I never thought was going to happen,” he said.