LONDON — Roger Federer wrapped up his superlative skilled tennis profession at age 41 with a loss in doubles alongside longtime rival Rafael Nadal on the Laver Cup on Friday night time.
Federer, who gained 20 Grand Slam titles, and Nadal, whose 22 are the boys’s document, paired up for Staff Europe and have been overwhelmed by Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Staff World 4-6, 7-6 (2), 11-9 on the O2 Area.
Federer announced last week that this crew occasion based by his administration firm can be his last occasion earlier than retirement, then made clear the doubles outing can be his final match.
Till Friday, he had not competed anyplace since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon in July 2021. Shortly after that, the Swiss star had a 3rd operation on his proper knee.
It was poetic that Federer would close things out by sharing a court docket with Nadal, who was usually an on-court nemesis however turned an off-court buddy.
Earlier than Federer, the boys’s mark for many main tennis championships was 14 by Pete Sampras. Federer blew past that, accumulating eight at Wimbledon, six on the Australian Open, 5 on the U.S. Open and one on the French Open.
His substantial resume consists of 103 profession singles trophies in all, 310 weeks at No. 1 within the ATP rankings, a Davis Cup title and Olympic medals. Past his magnificence and effectiveness on court docket, Federer was seen as a statesman for tennis, somebody whose immense reputation helped drive followers to the game.