Roger Federer brings down curtain on his career with a defeat, but still dazzles alongside longtime friend and rival Rafael Nadal in Madrid
LAS VEGAS — Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had their last match in 2013, and it was their first-ever tennis match.
The ATP Tour Finals were held this week, and both players were still playing.
“I can’t say I’m completely disappointed for him because he’s one of the top players on the tour,” Nadal said. “He’s a big star and he deserved it.
“You see the last games he played, I don’t think [the outcome] has affected me too much. But I don’t know what’s going to happen next year, I don’t know if he’ll fight for the number one ranking, I don’t know whether I will win. … I think I have the best chance to win.”
Federer wasn’t ready to retire at age 32 last year, despite losing in the U.S. Open final, as he did in his final tournament last year in Indian Wells. He has also hinted at retirement earlier this year.
Now he’s playing alongside some of the tennis greats who preceded him on the ATP landscape — and he won’t have to contend with the threat of an injury this time.
Federer has a lot riding on the Davis Cup tie against Serbia and, once again, he has his eye on a sixth consecutive title.
“It’s not easy. For me, I think the biggest one is winning the Davis Cup,” Federer said after his 5-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Janko Tipsarevic. “That would be the biggest thing for me. It’s always hard to win a World Cup. I think that would be the hardest thing to do. But if you manage to do it like this, you will be a very happy man. I’m very happy and I’m proud to be on this team and to have the support of the people who always supported me.”
Federer and Nadal are back-to-back champion in this year’s tournament, having won the last two years. Federer, who is now the