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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer expressed his thanks to the fans who attended his doubles match at the Laver Cup in London on Friday in what will be the final match of his legendary career.
A nostalgic Federer took to social media to share snaps of himself heading to the O2 Arena, where he will be joined old friend and rival Rafael Nadal on center court for his final match, just a week after announcing his retirement from the sport.
“I’ve done this thousands of times but this one feels different,” he said in a tweet. “Thanks to everyone who’s coming tonight.”
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Federer announced his retirement In the past week. While it came as a shock to many, questions about his eventual retirement have lingered for a while.
The last two years of his career have been plagued by injuries. Federer did not play in any professional events in 2022 and only competed in 19 matches between 2020 and 2021. His last tournament title came in 2019 at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
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Friday will mark the end of his professional playing career when he and 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal team up to take on Frances Tiafoe, US Open semifinalist and Jack Sock.
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“It will be amazing to see Roger back on the court. Nobody really knows what to expect from him physically, where he is, but… we will enjoy every minute of it,” Sock said. “Give him a big hug at the end, win or lose.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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