Roger Federer spoke about the tender gesture he had with Rafael Nadal and explained the “secret” message behind the photos

The tender gesture of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that toured the world (Photo: Reuters)

the goodbye of Roger Federer of tennis had multiple moments of emotion in the middle of a long day at the Laver Cup. However, there was a small gesture that did not go unnoticed by anyone and generated tenderness in millions of fans around the plant. In the middle of one of the tributes paid to the Swiss after the defeat in the doubles duel, he held hands with Rafael Nadal as they both broke into deep tears. Rivals, legends and friends.

While that image is replicated as a symbol of world sport, the 41-year-old tennis player conducted an interview in which he analyzed the spontaneous gesture they had with the Spaniard: “Well, I mean, it was a brief moment. I think at one point, I was crying a lot, and I don’t know, it was all going through my mind about how happy I was to experience this moment right there with everyone.. And I think that was the beauty of just sitting there, taking it all in as the music played, and the focus was maybe more on her (singer Ellie Goulding). So you almost forget they’re still taking pictures of you”.

Roger explained that this movement captured by photographers from around the world happened while the British artist sang a song in his honor. “I guess at one point, just because obviously I couldn’t speak and the music was there, I guess I just played it, and I guess it’s maybe a secret thank you. I don’t know what it was, but to me, that’s maybe what it was and how it felt, and some pictures of her came out of it. Not only that, but also others, which were completely crazy. You know, with different angles, and I hope to get them because they mean a lot to me, ”she analyzed in an extensive interview that she gave to the North American media The New York Times.

The cry of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in full farewell to the Swiss

The journalist Christopher Clarey also asked him if he considered that this gesture of tenderness could change the look on male athletes: “I think it has always been difficult for me to keep my emotions under control, winning and losing. At first, I would get angry, sad and cry. And then, I was happy and crying for my victories. I think Friday was a different one, to be honest, because I think all the guys – Andy (Murray), Novak and also Rafa – saw their careers flash before their eyes, knowing that we’ve all, in a way, had enough. borrowed time. As you get older, entering your 30s, you start to know what you really appreciate in life, but also in sports.

Rafael Nadal was present at the emotional day thanks to an express request from the Swiss, who called him personally to discuss his idea: “I called him after the US Open, I waited for that tournament to end, just to let him know about my retirement. I just wanted to let him know before he started making plans without the Laver Cup,” he explained. Your Majesty, who was aware of the personal situation that his friend was going through with the pregnancy of his wife Xisca Mary Perello.

“I told him on the phone that he was probably 50-50 or 60-40 from doing the doubles. I said, ‘Look, I’ll keep you posted. You let me know how things are at home. And we will reconnect.’ But it quickly became clear over the phone and Rafe he told me: ‘I’ll do my best to be there with you.’ That felt obviously amazing to me. And he showed me again how much we mean to each other and how much respect we have,” she added.

I thought it would just be a beautiful and amazing story for us, for sport, for tennis, and maybe beyond that as well. Yes, it’s tough, and sometimes it’s brutal, but it’s always fair. And you can come out the other side and still have this great friendly rivalry. I just thought it ended even better than I ever thought it would. So an incredible effort from Rafeand obviously I will never forget what he did for me in London”, sentenced the one from Basel about the presence of the Spaniard.

"They saw their careers pass before their eyes," Roger analyzed (Photo: USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)
“They saw their careers pass before their eyes,” Roger analyzed (Photo: USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

After announcing his retirement, however, Federer does not rule out continuing to play some exhibition matches so that fans who want to see it can have that opportunity: “I think it would be nice to have a farewell exhibition game and thank the fans, because obviously the tickets for the Laver Cup were already sold out before the withdrawal was known.” .

“A lot of people would have loved to get more tickets and they couldn’t, so I think maybe it would be good to have one or more farewell exhibitions, but I’m not sure if I could or should now. Obviously I would love to play exhibitions in the future, take tennis to new places or take it back to fun places where I had a lot of fun,” she considered.

Finally, the now 41-year-old former tennis player explained: “I think I feel complete. I lost my last singles match, I lost my last doubles match, I lost my voice from yelling and rooting for the team, I lost the last time as a team, I lost my job. But I am happy”

“I feel great, that’s the ironic partEverybody thinks of happy endings to fairy tales, and for me, it actually ended up being that, but in a way that I never thought would happen.”


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