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Roger Federer retirement: ‘It’s exactly what I hoped for’ – Swiss star on ‘perfect journey’ coming to an end

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Roger Federer says he has retired exactly how he «hoped», calling his career in tennis a “perfect journey”. An emotional Federer bowed out from the sport after playing one last doubles match with his great rival and friend Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup.

Ad It didn’t quite have the fairytale ending as the pair narrowly lost 4-6 7-6(2) 11-9 to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe to the disappointment of the crowd.

Laver Cup'Thank you for always being there' — Federer greeted by Laver after final match4 HOURS AGO Nevertheless, it was a night of celebration for Federer as the tears flooded seconds after the match ended. “It’s amazing,” said Federer. “I didn't want it to feel lonely out there. “It felt lonely for a second when they told me to go out, but to be saying goodbye in a team, I always felt that I was a team player at heart. “Singles doesn't really do a whole lot but I've had a team that have travelled with me around the world.

It's been amazing for them. So thanks to everybody who made it work for so many years. “Being on this team has been unbelievable, playing all these Laver Cups, and it feels like a celebration. “I wanted it to feel like this — and it’s exactly what I hoped for, so thank you.” Federer is regarded one of the greatest sports stars ever, having won 20 Grand Slams and broken several records during his 24-year career.

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