On Friday night, the last match of Roger Federer’s career will be played, a historic event that will mark the end of an era. Given his precarious physical condition, the Swiss asked to be allowed to play only one double in the Laver Cup (allegedly together with his friend and rival Rafael Nadal).
The former ATP No. 1 announced his decision to retire last week, news that has sparked countless reactions in the four corners of the planet. The 41-year-old Basel player, who has undergone three knee operations in the last two and a half years, has been working hard to get back into shape, but his body has sent him very clear signals in recent months.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has also decided to resign from the ATP Basel as he cannot win a singles match and does not want to take unnecessary risks. On Wednesday morning, reporters at London’s O2 Arena had the opportunity to put their questions to the Master.
While he has confirmed his retirement, Federer has nonetheless promised that he will not depart from the world of tennis.
King Roger is ready
The reasons behind Roger Federer’s retirement announcement and the factors that led to the decision have been the subject of much speculation.
«The last set against Hurkacz was one of the worst hours of my career,» he revealed. «I realized that nothing works anymore. It’s over. The disappointment felt like fireworks in my head. I didn’t know how to proceed with this knee.»
At the press conference, no one asked how the knee was. I thought: Hey, am I such a good actor that nobody noticed?» Roger Federer will say goodbye for the last time at the O2 Arena in London. «I love the city. And having someone like Björn Borg on the bench and being surrounded by many other players makes me very happy.
Usually a race ends in defeat, you play alone, there’s something sad about it. It would have been nice if I hadn’t been able to play here, but now I can say goodbye to the fans on the pitch, as a player,» he said.
«I’m happy and surprised by how good my shots are. But I won’t be able to play singles, that was pretty clear beforehand. That’s why it was no longer an option to compete in the Swiss Indoors at the end of October.» I guess I’ll play doubles here on Friday night and that’s it,» he stated.