Roger Federer will play his last professional tournament at this week’s Laver Cup as the 20-time Grand Slam champion has announced his retirement which was a clear shock to not just the sports fraternity but to everyone who loves sport.
Talking about his retirement decision ahead of his last match, Federer said that the last set with Hubert Hurkacz of Poland last year was one of the toughest he played in his entire career. Swiss legend played his last professional singles match in 2021 at Wimbledon against Hurkacz where he was defeated by the Polish professional in the quarterfinals and since then, he did not appear in a single tennis fixture. “It was tough, all tournaments, in general, were tough. I was never even close to my 100 percent,” said Federer as reported by MARCA. He further said, “Reaching the Wimbledon quarters, as it was, was incredible. The last set with Hurkacz was one of the worst hours of my career.”
Federer is set to have doubles clash teaming up with rival and Friend Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup for Team Europe which will also be joined by his other rival Novak Djokovic, former World No. 1 Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.