Roger Federer’s last match is a double loss with Rafael Nadal

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LONDON — Roger Federer capped his superlative professional tennis career at the age of 41 with a loss in doubles to longtime rival Rafael Nadal at Friday night’s Laver Cup.

Federer, who won 20 Grand Slam titles, and Nadal, whose 22 is the men’s record, formed a duo for Team Europe and were defeated by Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World 4-6, 7-6(2), 11- 9 at the O2 Arena.

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Federer announced last week that this team event, founded by his management company, would be his last event before retiring, then made it clear that the doubles would be his last game.

Until Friday, he had not competed anywhere since a loss in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in July 2021. Shortly afterwards, the Swiss star underwent a third operation on his right knee.

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It was poetic that Federer would close the case by sharing a courtroom with Nadal, who was often a nemesis on the pitch but became a friend off the pitch.

Roger Federer hits a backhand in his last pro tennis match, a double loss at the Laver Cup.
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Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after his last professional tennis match.
Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after his last professional tennis match.
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Before Federer, the men’s figure for most major tennis championships was 14 by Pete Sampras. Federer blew past that, collecting eight at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the US Open and one at the French Open.

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His voluminous resume includes a total of 103 career singles trophies, 310 weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings, a Davis Cup title and Olympic medals. In addition to his elegance and effectiveness on the court, Federer was seen as a tennis statesman, one whose immense popularity helped drive fans to the sport.

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