Roger Federer’s main rival Rafael Nadal left the Swiss great a nice note on his Instagram today about the retirement revelation.
Dear Roger, my friend and rival.
I wish this day would have never come… it’s a sad day for me personally and for sports people around the world. I said it to you when we spoke and now it’s here.
It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court.
We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still lots of things to do together, we know that.
For now, I truly wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your kids, your family and enjoy what’s ahead of you. I’ll see you in London at the @lavercup
Federer will leave his rivalry with Nadal down 24-16. Nadal led 10-4 in Grand Slams and 12-7 in Masters level events.
Nadal led 14-2 on clay courts but Federer was ahead 3-1 on grass and 11-9 on hard courts.
Nadal said at the end that he will be at the Laver Cup next week in London. Nadal’s wife is close to giving birth to their first baby.
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