Rafael Nadal could not contain the tears during the farewell and subsequent tribute to Roger Federer. The Swiss retired after the doubles match he played with the Spaniard in the Laver Cup, where the least important thing was the result. At the conclusion, the former tennis player greeted his teammates and merged into a hug with a Nadal who could not contain his tears. For several minutes, the Manacorí did not stop crying. At times, even more than Federer himself.
Rafa was the one chosen by Federer for his farewell party. The Swiss said goodbye in the competition created by himself, the Laver, in which the members of the Big-Four came together in the same team. Instead of saying goodbye in a solo match, Federer preferred to do it with his great rival on the court and a friend off it and, although they lost, they signed a match that is already part of tennis history.
Look at Rafa Nadal in the background. Crying inconsolably for his friend.
He gave Roger Federer his first hug as soon as he finished his career. She accompanied him in that sadness with him on the bench.
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At the end of the meeting, Nadal could not contain the emotion. She burst into tears like a child at the end of the match, feeling the Swiss’ withdrawal as if it were her own. The Spanish tennis player once again showed his affection, respect and admiration for the player who pushed him to the limit and forced him to improve day by day to surpass him, signing in the end the healthiest and most legendary rivalry in the history of sport.