Roger Federer on the moments before the last match: I was horribly nervous
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The fans, but also Roger Federer, could not hide their tears after the double match in which he and Rafael Nadal were defeated. Everyone was emotional considering that this is the last tournament for Federer, and his career has come to an end.
“The match, yes, in itself, sure, is special, but it's really everything that happened after because I wasn't aware who was going to come to sing, what was going to happen, where I should go, what was expected of me, or how long it was going to go,” Federer said in the post-match press conference.
“Then I guess looking around and seeing how everybody got emotional, obviously it's even better, or even worse, I'm not sure what to say." Federer had mixed emotions.
“Some moments I was horribly nervous like before a big finals, then some other moments I totally forgot about it because I was with the guys and we were joking.
“Classic goofiness comes through, and you forget about everything and have a good conversation.
You forget that actually, ‘Oh, yeah, I'm about to play in 15 minutes.’”
Roger Federer and tough days
The Swiss was in difficult times. He was aware that this would mean the end of his career, but he handled everything well.
“The last two days have been tough, you know, to say the least. Thankfully in moments I totally forgot about it, slept great, everything was wonderful, I could enjoy it. And because of that, I think I will be able to have a better recollection of how it went, because if it's all just stress throughout and I want it to be only perfect, I know I will remember half of it.
For me I didn't have fireworks in my head where I see my career flashing by, all the things I'm going to miss.
It was hard for me making phone calls, letting people know that this decision is happening. There I felt pain, but now, tonight was all happiness”. He currently has no plans for the future. “The message from me was just making sure I relay my passion for the sport to the fans, and I let them know that hopefully we'll see each other again on a different type of tennis court.
“I have no plans whatsoever, where, how, when.
All I know, I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank yous for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me.
“Because the hard part about the Laver Cup was that tickets were already sold out.
You know, the people who maybe would have also loved to be here couldn't make it. Maybe there is another way down the stretch we can party all together”.