As Roger Federer Bids Tennis A Teary Goodbye, Ferrari F1 Star Carlos Sainz Leaves Emotional Message For Departing Champ

Published 09/24/2022, 10:25 AM EDT
Tennis – Laver Cup – 02 Arena, London, Britain – September 24, 2022 Team Europe’s Roger Federer waves at fans at the end of his last match after announcing his retirement Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The world was left sad and shocked as Roger Federer announced his retirement. He announced that his last professional match would be at the Laver Cup. As he played his final match last night, no one could stop crying. Not even Roger.

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The Swiss maestro finished a career that spanned 24 years. He amassed 103 career titles, winning 20 Grand Slams during the course. More than everything, he captured everyone’s hearts. 

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Messages and videos have been inundating the internet since his last match. Carlos Sainz posted a story of Federer sayingIt’s been an absolute pleasure to watch you play all these years!! THANK YOU @rogerfederer.

Just like Sainz, other fans of Roger also expressed their love and affection for the sportsman. George Russell was one among the many. Russell had posted on Twitter “Roger, congratulations on a remarkable career! It’s been an honour to watch you on court.”

“Enjoy retirement, and I look forward to seeing you at a few more F1 races in the future!

The fact that Roger’s retirement evoked such emotions from so many people, across so many sports, shows the reach his magic had. The world of tennis will never be the same.

Roger Federer and his last hurrah at the Laver Cup

Roger announced his intentions to retire on the 15th of September. He played his last match at the Laver Cup, playing for Team Europe against Team World.

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Tennis – Laver Cup – 02 Arena, London, Britain – September 24, 2022 Team Europe’s Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer during their doubles match against Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

He partnered Rafael Nadal in a doubles match against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. The Swiss-Spanish duo lost the match – 6-4, 6-7, 9-11 in what was an emotional ending.

After the match, Federer delivered a heart-rending speech with tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat. “It has been a wonderful day. I told the guys, ‘I’m happy. I’m not sad’. And it does feel like a celebration to me. I wanted to feel like this at the end, and it’s exactly what I hoped for so thank you,” said a tearful Federer.

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RF has been an idol for sportsmen, for aspiring children, for every person he has ever come across. His magic will always be remembered.

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Abhay Tyagi

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Abhay Tyagi is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in Law and Management, he has always been eager to venture into the exciting field of sports journalism. With a special affinity for Engineering and Speed, Abhay has always found the world of Formula 1 quite exhilarating.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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