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Roger Federer admits to last night nerves after emotional farewell

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Roger Federer may have been one of the sporting world's great communicators over the last two decades but the Swiss confessed he had been dreading being handed a microphone after his glorious career came to a close at the Laver Cup on Friday.

The 41-year-old polyglot, who has given countless on-court interviews in his 24 years at the top of the game, feared that his emotions would render him inarticulate after his final doubles match at London's O2 Arena. "This is the part I was extremely worried about, taking the microphone.

I (wanted) to be able to have an evening where I do not have to take the mic," he told reporters. "Maybe you think it's logical that I have to take the mic.

In my mind I didn't because I know how impossible I am on the mic when I am emotional. "Weeks ago, for a fact, I was so scared of this moment that it really worried me." In the event, even though the tears did flow, the 20-times Grand Slam champion was able to find the words to express his feelings to fans, his rivals and his family. "I was able to remind myself ...

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