Roger Federer retired from tennis after a fairytale doubles match with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London.
The Swiss legend finally called time on his stunning career, which has seen Federer win multiple Grand Slam titles and 310 weeks spent as world number one.
The famous duo – dubbed in the tennis world as Fedal – were defeated by Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock at the O2 Arena on September 23, 2022.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Federer waved goodbye to tennis once and for all.
Federer has explained the reasons behind his decision to retire from the sport.
Announcing his decision, Federer said as cited by Sports Central: ‘To my tennis family and beyond, of all the gifts that tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors, and most of all the fans who give the sport its life. ‘Today, I want to share some news with you all.
He added: ‘As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. ‘But I also know my body’s capacities and limit, and its message to me lately has been clear. ‘I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it is time to end my competitive career.’
Before his doubles match with Nadal, Federer had not played since the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2021.
Federer’s straight sets defeat to Hubert Hurkacz on Centre Court will ultimately be the last singles match of Federer’s career.
Time finally caught up with the 41 year-old, who has had three knee surgeries in the last two and a half years.
Federer won his last Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2018. His victory in Melbourne came courtesy of a five set victory over Marin Cilic.
Federer was the defending champion in 2018, having beaten Nadal in the final 12 months previously.
Federer’s eighth and last Wimbledon crown came in 2017, with another victory over Marin Cilic in the final. The Swiss currently holds the record for the most Wimbledon titles in the history of tennis..