The emotional scars of the Laver Cup (which ended two days ago with the world team’s first victory), the scene of Roger Federer’s emotional farewell to tennis, will linger for some time to come. The Swiss super champion tried until the end to return to the circuit to finish in style, in his own way, but frequent knee problems finally forced him not to go any further.
And the friendly competition that pitted European tennis players against those of the rest of the world was, for Federer, the perfect setting to end his glorious career. Among the many illustrious personalities ─ tennis players, but not only ─ who wanted to give the 20-time Grand Slam champion a thought, there was also Chris Evert.
The former United States champion ─ 18 times winner of the Major ─ wanted to pay tribute in her own way to the “Swiss Master”, as Federer is nicknamed, highlighting the affection and esteem that the Swiss has always had for Federer.
his peers: “No champion has been so loved by his peers as Roger Federer,” Evert wrote on Twitter without mincing words. The last few days have been very important for Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis player took part in the 2022 Laver Cup in London, an event in which he was particularly close to his great friend and rival Roger Federer and his farewell match.
The two, protagonists of the famous “Fedal”, a historic rivalry that lasted twenty years, played together in the last match of the Swiss (he lost against the Sock-Tiafoe couple). In addition to the great emotions, Nadal’s tears were impressed by the withdrawal of his great friend and partner, a rather rare episode in the sports world.
Federer transcended tennis
Tomas Berdych spoke candidly about his former rival Roger Federer. “Those who wanted to compare the greatest aces by numbers would find arguments for different players. The number of Grand Slam titles is perhaps the most objective measure, but there are athletes who have left a huge mark.
I think Roger will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he has done for tennis cannot be compensated by any results,” Berdych said. “A lot of people watched matches or started playing themselves because of his skills and performance on the court. .
This is what makes it superior to others. Of course, I can understand if a fan finds something special about Nadal, Djokovic or other players,” he said.