“I wish this day had never come”, dedicates Nadal, his great rival
the spanish tennis player Raphael Nadal expressed his sadness for him Announcement of Roger Federer’s retirementare great rival on the slopes for almost two decadeswith a heartfelt message, one of many who circulated on social networks of the sports world to dismiss the Swiss tennis player.
“Dear Roger, my friend and rival. I would like that day would never come. It is a sad day for me personally and for the whole world. It was a pleasure, but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, to live so many incredible moments on and off the pitch”, wrote Nadal to fire Federer.
“We will have many moments to share together in the future. There are many things to do together, we know that. For now, I wish you all the happiness in the world with your wife Mirka, your children and your family. I hope you enjoy what is coming into your life now. See you in London at the Laver Cup,” said Nadal, who was backed by several sports figures to fire Federer.
“Roger Federer is a champion of champions. He delivered the most complete tennis of his generation and won the hearts of fans around the world with astonishing speed on the court and a powerful tennis spirit. He had a career well filled with memories that will live forever,” said Hall of Famer and 12-time Major Champion Billie Jean King.
“Thank you for everything Roger. See you soon. Rocket,” posted Australian Rod Laver, who has won 11 Grand Slam titles.
“Roger was one of my idols and a source of inspiration! Thank you for everything you have done for our sport! I always want to play with you! I wish you all the happiness in the world for the future! “, published the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, current world number one and winner of the US Open last week.
“Roger – you have always been a great inspiration to me. Your elegance, your grace, your beautiful game. I have always held you in high regard and I want to congratulate you on your incredible career. Tennis will no longer be the same without you!” Czech Petra Kvitova, double Wimbledon champion, is dedicated to him.
Greetings Roger. Thanks for the memories shared, my friend. It was an honor to share moments/experiences on the most hallowed grounds of our sport. Don’t go,” wrote Andy Roddick, a former world number one who lost to Federer 16-14 in the fifth set of the 2009 Wimbledon final.
“Thank you for doing more for tennis than any other individual. Thanks to you, competitors and fans around the world can experience and enjoy it all over the world. Congratulations on your achievements and for the people on which you continue to make an impact in and out of tennis,” shared 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic of Canada.
“I LOVE YOU Roger. Thank you for everything you have done for tennis and for me. The world of tennis will never be the same without you,” wrote Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Federer in the 2009 US Open final to win his only major title.
SWITZERLAND SAYS IT
Swiss Sports Minister Viola Amherd congratulated Federer, “a huge figure”, on “an incredible career”, thanking him for the “moving and unforgettable moments” experienced by Basel tennis fans.
His sometimes double partner Stan Wawrinka, FC Basel (a team of which Federer is a follower), the Swiss football team or even the Swiss league also reacted soon on social networks to pay tribute to the most universal Swiss.
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Federer’s retirada is the main report of the digital versions of diarios such as “Tribune de Geneve”, which habla del “end de une época” and destaca la palabras dedicó John McEnroe: “Es el jugador que más maravilla al verle jugar tennis”.
In German-speaking Switzerland, the newspaper Blick also highlighted Federer’s retirement in headlines, recalling in particular his years of sporting rivalry – not personal – with the Spaniard Rafa Nadal, “who will go down in history” in the world of sport.
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach hailed the figure of the Swiss Roger Federer who announced his retirement from professional tennis, whom he described as “a gentleman on and off the court”.
“Roger Federer is a gentleman on and off the pitch and a true Olympic champion,” the German leader, head of the International Olympic Committee, said on social media.
“Congratulations Roger on your outstanding career, good luck for the future. I hope our paths will cross again,” Bach added in his statement.
With information from EFE and AP
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