If it had not ended in tears it would not have been Roger Federer's last match, but the legend did not disappoint. These are tears that King Roger does not describe as sad, he says he is happy. Certainly they are contagious tears that immediately catch his doubles partner Rafael Nadal. #Fedal is the hashtag for social putting their surnames together. "It was a wonderful day, I'm not sad. I enjoyed every moment, from tying my shoes the last time to playing, to being here with family and friends. I made it to the end and I couldn't be happier. Playing with Rafael Nadal with so many legends next to me."
Federer wanted a celebration and he got it. He didn't want to end up like those players who lose their last match and find themselves alone in a locker room. He is here in the beloved London of his eight Wimbledon titles to play in an exhibition tournament named after a legend like Rod Laver, who is in the stands, surrounded by great players and exes like Borg and McEnroe. In the stands his family, parents, wife and four children along with thousands of fans and famous faces from Hugh Grant to Anna Wintour, Stella McCartney to Bill Gates.
In the doubles against Sock and Tiafoe Nadal and Federer lost, but it mattered very little. "It was the celebration I wanted. I started as a ball boy in Basel, and just like that here we are."
Between the tears are the thanks: "My wife Mirka could have asked me to stop all those years ago, instead she encouraged me to continue. I leave tennis in good hands: the new generation is the most powerful, fastest and most athletic there has ever been. Good night'".
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