“A Sad Day For Me”: Rafael Nadal Pens Emotional Note to Roger Federer
Spanish legend says he wishes this day would have never come
Tennis legend Roger Federer put an end to his illustrious tennis career. The 41-year-old legend said next week’s Laver Cup is going to be his last one. The tennis icon issued a statement saying his body has effectively told him to bring curtains down on his fabulous career.
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 years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court 👇🏻
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 15, 2022
Meanwhile, his major opponent and Spanish legend Rafael Nadal paid a moving tribute to the GOAT. “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 years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court,” Nadal wrote in a tweet.
Talking further, the Spaniard hoped they share more moments in the future. He also wished happiness for Federer’s wife Mirka, kids, and family and to enjoy what was ahead of him.
Roger Federer and the Big Four in Tennis
The Laver Cup team event in London is a final chance for Federer to play as part of the ‘Big Four”. The elite league consists of Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Incidentally, these four superstars have dominated tennis over the past four decades.
With Roger’s retirement, we will never get another official Federer-Nadal match on the ATP Tour. 😞
Thankfully, we have 39 matches to look back on, to reminiscence on the rivalry which transcended tennis 🇨🇭🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/BPp3OJ2mBi
— Olly 🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Tennis_) September 15, 2022
Nadal, who holds record Grand Slam titles with 22, Djokovic with 21 crowns, and Andy Murray with two Wimbledon trophies play together in Team Europe. Talking about it, the Swiss great Federer said he is lucky enough to play a lot of epic matches that he will never forget.
‘It was a bittersweet decision’
A modern legend, Federer had said in July, that he hoped to play one more Wimbledon. The tennis titan acknowledged it was a bittersweet decision because he will miss everything the game had given him. However, he was quick to admit that there is so much to celebrate, and he considers himself one of the most fortunate people on Earth.
Federer raised the bar of the Men’s game. The reason why Rafa and Novak became so good is because they had to get to Federer’s level and consistency
He changed the landscape of Men’s game.
My childhood was watching Nadal vs Federer fight it out in every big final.
— AR (@BuggyWhipFH) September 15, 2022
Tennis fans will now rush to London to see the legend in court for one final time. Fed-ex the champion, is soon going to be a memory. But the tennis superhero and his contributions in the game will remain etched forever in the hearts of many fans.