It’s a sad day for me: Rafael Nadal pays emotional tribute to 'rival and friend' Roger Federer

Both the decorative Tennis players have met each other 40 times on the court but Nadal leads the tally 24-16 against Federer, including 14-10 in finals.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 16 September 2022 12:55 PM

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Swiss Tennis legend Roger Federer has decided to hang his racquet after next week's Laver Cup in London. The 20-time Grand Slam winner cited his knee injury has forced him to take a call on his career and expressed gratitude towards his family and fans for praying and vouching for him. Notably, 41-year-old has been out of action since the quarter-final loss at Wimbledon in 2021, after which he underwent his third knee surgery in 18 months.

Soon after Federer posted his retirement note on Twitter, his sporting rival and friend Rafael Nadal took to Twitter to express his sadness about Federer's decision. "Dear Roger, my friend and rival.

"I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these year with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court," wrote Nadal on Twitter. 

Nadal further stated that he will have many more moments to share together in the future as there are lot of things to do together in future. "For now, I truly wish you all the happiness with your wife. Mirka, your kids and your family, enjoy what's ahead of you. I’ll see you in London @LaverCup," concluded Nadal. 

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will all play together as part of Team Europe. Both the decorative Tennis players have met each other 40 times on the court but Nadal leads the tally 24-16 against Federer, including 14-10 in finals.

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