After a long and successful career, Roger Federer bid an emotional goodbye to the sport after losing the doubles tie against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. The 20-time Grand Slam winner partnered long time rival Rafa Nadal in what was a close match, but ultimately Federer couldn’t bring home the victory.
The European team struggled against the world champions, losing 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 9-11. This was a close match with Team Europe narrowly losing on tiebreakers.
After their final match, Federer hugged Nadal, Tiafoe, and Sock before breaking down in tears. Nadal too couldn’t help but shed a few tears as their competitive tennis came to an end. It was an emotional moment for all involved and will be remembered for years to come.
The touching display of tears between Roger Federer and Nadal was a heartwarming moment for sports fans across the globe. The photo quickly went viral with many people sharing their heartfelt sentiments. The famous Indian cricketer Virat Kohli was also left deeply moved by the scene, proving that even the greatest athletes can be touched by emotion.
Kohli, sharing the photo on Twitter, paid tribute to both the tennis legends as he shared an emotional photo. “Who thought rivals can feel like this towards each other. That’s the beauty of sport,” Kohli tweeted, referencing the tears seen in both players’ eyes in the photo. With his talent and companionship, Kohli knows why these athletes have been able to excel at their craft.
The ATP acknowledged the moment and shared a GIF of both legends sitting together and crying. This captures the depth of the impact that this lost loved one has had on their lives, and shows just how important it is to stick together in times of grief.