Roger Federer: The farewell was lovely, I might be no stranger to Laver Cup


Roger Federer was feted on Friday on the Laver Cup, the place he stated his ultimate profession match on the occasion final yr was the right conclusion to his profession.

Federer drew roars from the gang at Rogers Enviornment, dwelling of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, the place Crew World, captained by Patrick McEnroe, swept Bjorn Borg’s Crew Europe on day one to take a 4-0 lead within the competitors Federer helped create in 2017.

The evening closed with an on-court query and reply session with the 20-time Grand Slam champion, who stated it had been a “nice yr” since he and longtime rival Rafael Nadal have been overwhelmed in doubles in Federer’s farewell match.

“I believed the farewell was lovely, it was excellent, it was emotional,” the 42-year-old stated. “I used to be at all times dreading the second for years. I used to be anxious my finish was going to by some means be not good, and it was the other.”

He stated he missed the thrill of the sport – break factors, match factors, elevating trophies and crowds of followers.

“I nonetheless have these moments time to time,” he stated, noting his look within the royal field this yr at Wimbledon — the scene of a few of his best triumphs — and on the grass-court event in Halle, Germany.

“I made myself a promise I might be no stranger to the tour,” Federer stated.

He didn’t specify what type his involvement within the sport may take, though he reiterated — in response to a query from Borg – that it may very well be as a Laver Cup Crew Europe captain.

In any other case, Federer stated, he and his spouse, Mirka, have their palms full with 4 kids, and he’s engaged on tasks for his charitable basis.

Earlier than arriving in Vancouver this week he was on the United Nations to debate early studying and growth tasks for underprivileged kids.

“It’s additionally been lovely to be at dwelling extra,” he stated.



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