RAuger Federer has announced his official retirement from tennis, leaving fans looking back on the most memorable moments of his career, including one clash with Rafael Nadal.
Through his Instagram account, the tennis player posted a video and an official statement, where he told all his followers that Laver Cupwhich will take place from 23 to 25 September, will be his last tournament on the Circuit.
After this competition, he will no longer play in ATP tour nor in the Grand Slam tournaments.
There have been countless special moments in the Swiss player’s career, one of them was 13 years ago at the Australian Open. Rafael Nadal like a star.
The first of February 2009 is remembered as one of the most competitive matches in the history of the sport, as it was the day of the Spaniard’s first win at the Australian Open.
At 22, he won his first Australian Openin a dramatic 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6 and 6-2 in 4 hours and 36 minutes, which continued until the next day, preventing the Swiss from reaching Peter Sampras line with 14 specialties.
Nadal came to Melbourne as the world number one and top seed, while Federer, who had already won three Australian Cups (2004, 2006 and 2007) and 13 Grand Slam titles in total, was number two but a world great idol. tennis.
“Roger is going to take a break, but for now we have an outstanding champion on the floor,” said the host of the event.
“Maybe I’ll try again, I don’t know,” Federer muttered to Nadal.
“Firstly, I regret today, but you are a great champion, one of the best in history,” Nadal replied.
“You will surpass Sampras’ 14 titles for sure.
“Congratulations on the end of your career and good luck until the end of the season.”
Federer not only surpassed SamprasA record, but the Spaniard also did it, and by some margin.
One of his defeats, which the Swiss master will surely remember the most after such a long career.
“At first you are upset, surprised and sad, you have many feelings,” he later reflected.
“The problem is that you can’t go to the locker room and take a cold shower. You must go outside. And this is the worst moment. It’s hard.
“It just hurts so much to lose.”
The day Federer couldn’t stop crying and Nadal was the reason.