Roger Federer: The fans are the centre of everything
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Nick Kyrgios has sent Roger Federer a heartfelt message following the 41-year-old’s recent retirement. Federer ended his 24-year career at the recent Laver Cup, playing one final match before bowing out, while Kyrgios missed the team competition for the first time in its five year history.
Federer’s remarkable career came to an end last month as the 20-time Grand Slam champion had his last dance at the Laver Cup, returning for one last match alongside Rafael Nadal before his retirement became a reality. Before the 41-year-old announced that he would be retiring at the team tournament, Kyrgios confirmed he would be skipping the Laver Cup for the first time so he could return home to Australia and be with family.
It means that the world No 20 was absent for Federer’s farewell, and Kyrgios has now shared a touching message to the Swiss star while sending his hopes for Federer to enjoy his retirement with his family. “Yeah, I was watching that for sure,” he said of the 103-time title winner’s farewell.
And the 27-year-old heaped praise on Federer as he snubbed Novak Djokovic and Nadal for the former world No 1. Speaking ahead of this week’s Tokyo Open, Kyrgios said: “This is a very special moment. I think, as I said, probably the greatest, most natural, gifted tennis player the world will ever see.
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“You know, whether or not Novak or Rafa having won stats. I think the purity of the sport, you know, Roger. Just, we’ll never see that again.” Kyrgios has previously made it no secret that he believes Federer is the GOAT though he struck up an unlikely friendship with Djokovic this year after defending the Serb when he was deported from Australia, with the pair growing closer after facing off in the Wimbledon final.
But it appears that Kyrgios is still team Federer, as he shared his wish for the Swiss maestro’s retirement. “Hopefully he is enjoying his retirement,” he said. “He’s got four kids, he’s got a beautiful family. So hopefully he’s put that racket down and just enjoy the rest of his life.”
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Kyrgios was one of the first players to pay tribute to Federer when the 41-year-old announced his retirement the week before the Laver Cup. The Aussie wrote a brief, classy message and posted a series of photos of himself with the tennis legend.
“No one will ever play the game like you. Enjoy it @rogerfederer …… was an honour,” he wrote in the caption, posting his tribute to Instagram.
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