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20-time Grand Slam Federer retires following his Laver Cup defeat

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A tearful Roger Federer said farewell to professional tennis following an emotional night at the Laver Cup alongside fellow great Rafael Nadal.

When the 41-year-old left the court for the final time to end his professional career, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

One of the greatest tennis players in history, the Swiss won 20 Grand Slam singles championships.

“The day has been fantastic. Not sad, but cheerful. Being here feels wonderful. I’m relieved to have survived, “added he.

At the O2 Arena in London, thousands of tennis fans yelled Federer’s name as he sobbed while hugging Nadal and other players.

Nadal also struggled to contain his emotions. The 36-year-old Spaniard broke down in tears as he sat next to Federer. And the two watched British singer Ellie Goulding cap off a beautiful evening with a performance.

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In the yearly team competition between Europe and the rest of the globe, Federer and Nadal, two former adversaries at the pinnacle of the men’s game, teamed up to play doubles against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of the United States.

The senior pair challenged Sock and Tiafoe despite Federer’s absence from professional tennis for more than a year. Still, they ultimately fell to them 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 11-9, tying the match at 2-2 after the first day of play.

Nearly winning it was Federer and Nadal, commonly known as “Fedal.”

At 9-8 in the final, the players faced a match point, but Federer could only dive for a forehand that he pushed into the net.

After his 1,750th competitive singles and doubles match, the former world number one’s 25-year professional career ended in loss.

“It’s been the ideal trip. I’d repeat everything “Federer said during his on-court address while attempting to contain his emotions.

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