Roger Federer hopes to bow out of tennis in doubles alongside Rafael Nadal Roger Federer

After spending so many of their greatest years battling on the most important levels as they took their sport to unexpected ranges, Roger Federer hopes he’ll play the ultimate match of his illustrious profession in doubles alongside Rafael Nadal, his previous rival. “Of course. No doubt,” Federer mentioned after being requested on Wednesday if partnering with Nadal would enchantment to him.

“For us to undergo a profession that we each have had and to come out on the opposite facet and having the ability to have a pleasant relationship is possibly a fantastic message to not simply tennis however sports activities and possibly even past.”

Having introduced final week that he would retire on the Laver Cup in London, Federer mentioned he can be ready to compete solely in doubles as a result of of the constraints along with his surgically repaired knee.

He will play one match on Friday, the opening day of the competitors, after which he can be carried out after greater than 1,500 matches and 20 grand slam titles since his debut in 1998.

“I used to be in a really frightened, scared place to face the music, the media, the followers and every little thing,” Federer mentioned. “Being ready to speak about it in a traditional vogue with out getting emotional, simply because I understand how a lot it means to me.”

No retirement is simple, however the closing levels for Federer have been notably difficult. His closing singles match will go down as a brutal defeat by Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon final 12 months, his knee giving approach as he misplaced the third set 6-0.

Federer underwent surgical procedure in August and started rehabilitation with the intention of returning to full competitors, just for extra problems to emerge.

“You begin getting too pessimistic. Then I additionally acquired a scan again which wasn’t what I needed it to be. At some level you sit down and go: ‘OK, we’re at an intersection right here, at a crossroads, and you’ve got to take a flip. Which approach is it?’ I used to be not prepared to go in the course of: ‘Let’s danger all of it.’ I’m not prepared for that.”

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For so lengthy, he was recognized and admired for the way he managed to keep away from main accidents. He mentioned he all the time thought he would finish his profession with out present process surgical procedure, however he has had to come to phrases with three knee surgical procedures since 2020. He says he’s not in ache when enjoying, however the previous years have left psychological scars that helped information him to retirement.

Although he considered asserting his retirement earlier than the US Open, Federer determined he needed to be current and end on the precise notice. The Laver Cup, the occasion owned by his administration firm, Team8, was a becoming venue. It is at London’s O2 Arena, the place he received two of his ATP Finals titles, and it’s in town that has outlined his profession after profitable his first grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2003 and a males’s document of eight Wimbledon titles.

“Having all the opposite guys round simply felt like I wasn’t going to be lonely asserting my retirement,” he mentioned. “Not that I needed to hijack this occasion or something, however I all the time really feel sorry for gamers who generally retire on the tour, say: ‘I’m going to play another match,’ then at one level you lose and there you stand on their own.”

In his final occasion, that won’t be the case. “Here I’m making an attempt to put together for one final doubles, and we’ll see who it’s,” he mentioned. “I’m nervous going in as a result of I have not performed in so lengthy. I hope I might be considerably aggressive.”

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