Roger Federer’s last game ends in loss to Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup – NBC4 Washington

Roger Federer’s Last Game Ends in Laver Cup Loss to Rafael Nadal Originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Roger Federer’s last tennis match ended in a narrow defeat.

Following his retirement announcement on September 15, Federer tied his tennis shoes one last time in a doubles match with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London on Friday.

However, the Team World duo of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock took victory in three sets in Federer’s last game.

The contest started strong for Federer and Nadal. They won the first set 6-4, but Tiafoe and Sock fought back in the second and won it 7-6 (7-2).

In the tiebreaker for the victory, the four tennis athletes gave their all in a long confrontation. The rallies came in bunches, but Tiafoe and Sock emerged victorious 11-9 to win the game.

Perhaps the main difference between the two teams was the winning percentage on second serves. The Tiafoe-Sock duo recorded a winning percentage of 57% while Federer and Nadal reached 42%.

After the match, Federer received a standing ovation and gave a nostalgic speech in his final post-match interview.

Federer and Nadal have faced each other three times in doubles (2004, 2007 and 2011) but only joined forces once before Friday. This happened in the 2017 Laver Cup where the duo beat Samuel Querrey and Sock 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.

One of the greatest athletes of all time in any sport, Federer ended his 24-year career with 369 major match wins, 103 ATP singles titles, 20 Grand Slams, two Olympic medals (including the doubles gold in 2008) and much more.

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