Oh my god: Roger Federer reveals emotional telephone name with Rafael Nadal earlier than saying retirement

Oh my god: Roger Federer reveals emotional telephone name with Rafael Nadal earlier than saying retirement
Oh my god: Roger Federer reveals emotional telephone name with Rafael Nadal earlier than saying retirement

Roger Federer, talking to Trevor Noah, stated he referred to as up Rafael Nadal and requested him to make it to Laver Cup for a doubles match, which turned out to be his remaining outing in skilled tennis. Federer retired from the game earlier in September.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer performed doubles at Laver Cup 2022 with Rafael Nadal (AFP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Tennis nice Roger Federer has revealed that Rafael Nadal was the primary particular person exterior his household and staff to study his retirement, including that he had an emotional telephone name along with his arch-rival earlier than he introduced his choice to hold up his boots.

Roger Federer brought the curtains down on probably the most embellished careers in sport on September 15, including that the Laver Cup within the following week could be his final aggressive event on the tour. Federer’s choice left the tennis fraternity heartbroken because the 20-time Grand Slam champion had hinted about returning to Wimbledon subsequent 12 months however his knee harm points compelled him to name it time.

Federer and Nadal shared a beautiful rivalry on the court docket, having met 40 occasions on the tour of their profession. The two greats of the game have produced among the most iconic duels, resulting in the golden period of males’s singles tennis. While there was no love misplaced when the 2 met on the court docket, Federer and Nadal have shared nice camaradarie off the court docket.

It was no shock when Federer, talking to Trevor Noah within the newest episode of the Daily Show, revealed that he needed to name Nadal and ask him if he was out there to play doubles with him on the Laver Cup. In truth, the doubles match which Federer and Nadal misplaced, turned out to be the Swiss nice’s final aggressive match.

Federer revealed that Nadal was unsure if he would have the ability to make it to London for the Laver Cup as he was awaiting the start of his first baby however that the Spaniard had promised that he would try to make it to the farewell match.

“This is a really uncommon scenario for us to be on the identical staff. That modified the entire dynamics of my farewell. My hope was I might play doubles with Rafa. So I referred to as him up after the US Open. It was a really emotional telephone name as a result of it was one of many first occasions I advised any person exterior of my staff and my household,” Federer stated.

“I needed to name him up and inform him ‘hey Rafa, simply earlier than you make some other plans, I’d love you to be on the Laver Cup and play possibly one final doubles with me. It could be superb. Unfortunately, my knee will not be good anymore and I feel, it’s the top, you already know?’.

“And he’s like, ‘okay, oh my god, okay, yeah I will likely be there no matter it takes’.

“He has now develop into a father, pleased for him. And we weren’t certain if he was going to make it due to the infant. It was one of many first occasions I needed to inform that story and are available to phrases that my profession was ending,” Federer added.


The Laver Cup was an emotional journey for tennis followers as Federer and Nadal joined palms for one final time. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murry and Bjorn Borg additionally made it particular for Federer by being there and participating within the emotional goodbye.

In a heartwarming second, each Nadal and Federer had been seen tearing up after their doubles match on the Laver Cup and Federer even held the Spaniard’s palms for emotional assist.

Recalling the emotional moments from the Laver Cup, Federer stated he was touched by the gesture from his mates as he bid goodbye to the game.

“So when he confirmed up, and Novak was there, and Murray was there, and Bjorn Borg was there, it was an incredible second. I knew it was going to be an emotional second.

“I’ve cried loads in victory and defeat once I was youthful, I don’t why, I do it. I’m pleased as a result of I keep in mind that second due to it. When I took the mic after it was throughout, I knew it was going to be unhealthy, however I did fairly good. I used to be so pleased that I used to be capable of be there in tennis garments.

“And it was superb to do it in London too, the place I’ve had a lot success.

“Rafa there holding my hand, briefly individuals thought it was… I held his hand, really. It was superb,” he added.

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