It was an ‘honor to share all these years’ with Federer, says Nadal

MADRID, Spain, September 15 — Rafael Nadal said it was “an honor” to share “incredible moments” with Roger Federer after the Swiss great announced his retirement from tennis on Thursday.

Federer, 41, said he would retire after the Laver Cup in London later in September, having not played since Wimbledon 2021 due to a knee problem.

“Dear Roger, my friend and rival, I wish this day had never come,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.

“It is a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It has been a pleasure but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, to experience so many incredible moments on and off the pitch.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is only behind Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) on most major men’s singles lists.

They have faced each other 14 times in Grand Slam events, with Nadal winning 10 times and Federer four.

“We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still many things to do together, we know that,” Nadal continued.

“For now, I really wish you all the happiness with your wife Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what lies ahead. I will see you in London at (the) Laver Cup.

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The hard-court tournament, from September 23-25, will see European tennis stars take on others from the rest of the world, with Nadal and Federer united in ‘Team Europe’.

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