Following Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer's retirement from competitive tennis, his on-court rival and Spanish legend Rafael Nadal on Thursday said that it is a sad day for him and for sports all over the world.
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement from competitive tennis on Thursday saying that the upcoming Laver Cup in September would be his last Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) event as a player.
Dear Roger,my friend and rival.— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 15, 2022
I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world.
It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court 👇🏻
These two fierce rivals have dominated the world of tennis for the last two decades. They have faced off against each other in 40 matches. Nadal emerged victorious 24 times, while Federer won 16 matches.
Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles and overall, 1,251 matches throughout his illustrious career.
Federer has also won 20 Grand Slam titles, including a record-making eight Wimbledon men's singles titles.