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Watch: Tearful Roger Federer bows out of tennis with Laver Cup defeat

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Roger Federer described his tennis career as a "perfect journey" despite being denied a fairytale ending early Saturday with a doubles defeat at the Laver Cup alongside long-time rival Rafael Nadal.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, dogged by a knee injury, has not played since the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals and last week announced his retirement at the age of 41.

Federer showed glimpses of his old self in the match against Team World's Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock to the delight of a feverish, partisan crowd at London's O2 arena.

Federer and Nadal won the first set but the Americans rallied to win 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 11-9. The result meant Team Europe were locked at 2-2 with Team World at the end of the opening day of the Ryder Cup-style event. "We'll get through this somehow, will we?

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