Roger Federer, on Rafa Nadal's physical problems: "I was worried that he would have to quit tennis before me"

Sunday, 16 June 2024 at 08:52
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In recent days, Roger Federer is one of the leading names in the world of tennis due to the premiere of the documentary 'Federer, the last twelve days', from Amazon Prime, which recounts the final moments of the legendary career of the Swiss. On the occasion of its promotion, the former player recently gave an interview to El País, where he talks about everything that retirement meant for him, in addition to his relationship with Rafael Nadal.
He also mentions, as it could not be otherwise, the Laver Cup 2022, which was the tournament where he retired and which left one of the most remembered images of him and Nadal together. Precisely, he spoke about it in a fragment of the interview, assuring that he has that photo at home: "It is framed in a space where I also have images of my career. When I pass in front of it, it always catches my attention because it reflects our friendship and also the rivalry, all in one image".
In addition, Roger Federer also revealed that he was afraid that Nadal would be forced to retire from tennis before him because of his constant injury problems: "I was worried that he would have to quit before me. There were signs that made me feel that he was not well. In fact, I thought he might retire after beating Medvedev in the final of the 2022 Australian Open. There or at Roland Garros. I would have been happy but him, but it would have been a shock."
In search of his last dance
Rafa Nadal is preparing to face the last great challenge of his professional career. The Spaniard will go to the Olympic Games in search of a medal to close his career in style. He will try to do so in both the singles and the doubles draw together with Carlos Alcaraz. There are reasons to be excited, especially because the Olympic Games will be played on the clay courts of Roland Garros, where Nadal has been the best in history and where Carlitos has just won his first Grand Slam there and the third of his career.

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