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Roger Federer farewell ends in defeat alongside Rafael Nadal in epic Laver Cup conclusion

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It was the career that changed the face of tennis - but it ended in a dramatic defeat in the Laver Cup. At the age of 41, with more than 1,500 matches and 103 titles to his name, Roger Federer has bowed out of the sport.

And he did so having teamed up with Rafael Nadal on an epic night as they were beaten by Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe 4-6 7-6 11-9 as Team World came back to 2-2 overall.

However, the significance of his final bow at The O2 Arena in London delved far deeper than the result. And in the immediate aftermath of the contest, the appreciation shown from all quarters towards the man who transcended his sport spoke volumes of the legacy he'll leave behind.

It was gone 10pm by the time the final match of day one get underway, with Andy Murray's defeat to Alex de Mineur in the previous game having gone the distance.

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