Former world no. 1 Roger Federer hopes his relationship with Rafael Nadal has sent a positive message and shown that it is possible to have a good and respectful relationship even with your biggest rivals. Federer, 41, and 36-year-old Nadal created one of the most memorable rivalries in sports history.
With Federer retiring after this week’s Laver Cup, he expressed a desire to team up with Nadal in the lone doubles match he plans to play. “Of course. No doubt. I mean, I think it could be quite, I don’t know, a unique situation, you know, that if it were to happen for as long as we battled together to have always this respect for one another, the families, our coaching teams, we always got along really well,” Federer said, per Sportskeeda.
“For us as well to go through a career that we both have had and to come out on the other side and being able to have a nice relationship I think is maybe a great message as well to not just tennis but sports and maybe even beyond .
For that reason I think it would be great.”
Federer will still be connected to tennis
Federer turned professional in 1998. Since then, the game of tennis has experienced massive growth in its popularity. Also, the game is played differently now than it was 25 years ago.
Federer is often credited for transcending tennis and helping the game become more popular globally. Now that Federer is retiring, he has assured the tennis community that he will stay involved with the game. “But I don’t think I’ll be that guy, you know, and I feel tennis has given me too much,” Federer said.
Tributes have been coming Federer’s way ever since he announced his plans to retire after the Laver Cup. This week, Federer acknowledged that he is happy about the recognition and appreciation he has been shown in recent days.