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The great Federer said goodbye to tennis, got emotional after the farewell match

LONDON, September 24 (AP)

It was a special day for tennis, when Roger Federer took to the court to play his last match and was accompanied by none other than Rafael Nadal, with whom he had a fierce rivalry for many years. Federer said goodbye to his glittering career on Friday night. The 41-year-old won 20 Grand Slam titles in his career and was also the world number one for several weeks. He played his last match in the Laver Cup in which he took to the court to play a doubles match for Team Europe. His partner was Nadal and both these legends lost to Francis Tiafo and Jack Sock of Team World. Team World players won this match 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9 but this is only for record as this match meant something else. It was an occasion to bid farewell to Federer, the longest reigning world tennis player. When the match ended and Federer said goodbye to professional tennis, he first hugged Nadal and then Tiafo and Sock. Federer then became emotional and could not hold back his tears when he was on his way to meet other players from Team Europe. The spectators present in the stadium were applauding but at the same time their sobs were also coming out. Federer then expressed his gratitude to the spectators who were saying goodbye to Federer, goodbye Federer during the match which lasted for more than two hours and ended at 12:30 pm. The Swiss star announced last week that he would retire from tennis after the three-day event. He then clarified that the doubles match would be his last. Federer had to undergo three operations on his right knee after a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon last year. After that he could not get on the court and thus that Wimbledon match proved to be his last singles match.

Federer said in an interview recently, “I was sad when I decided that it was the best decision (to retire). I was feeling the pain.” Before the match on Friday, Federer tweeted, “I have done this a thousand times but it is a different feeling. Thanks to everyone who came to watch the match tonight.

The tennis legend has won 20 Grand Slam titles in her career, including eight at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open and one at the French Open. Federer won 103 singles titles in total and was at number one in the ATP rankings for 310 weeks. Apart from this, Davis Cup title and Olympic medal are also recorded in his name. Apart from sports, he was considered an ideal player who gave new heights to tennis.

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