‘I think Roger Federer was trying to come back’, says top analyst

In the latest edition of the Inside-In podcast, Jim Courier recalled Roger Federer’s last performance at the O2 Arena in London, on the occasion of the Laver Cup 2022. Roger played the last doubles match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal. The former American player said: “I was prepared for that night, I knew there were going to be some very emotional moments. I tried to help Roger Federer during the on-court interview and he proved to be a true gentleman. He knew it wasn’t going to be easy for him to handle his emotions, but he didn’t expect other players to have to fight back tears so hard. Federer is one of the best athletes in history and his withdrawal could only generate a wave of reactions around the world. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also got emotional, especially Rafa. It was a truly memorable night. Everyone realized that it was the end of an era and they got carried away by the magic of that moment”. During his formidable career, Roger has won 20 Grand Slams, 103 ATP titles, 28 Masters 1000s and 6 ATP Finals (a record he shares with Djokovic). The night of Roger Federer’s retirement will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of fans. The Swiss played his last match on September 23, 2022 in the Laver Cup, the exhibition that he founded in 2017. The former world number 1, who had not stepped on the court for more than a year, joined forces with his eternal rival Rafael Nadal to face Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. At the end of the match, the King received a splendid tribute that moved everyone. Fans hoped that the Maestro could give himself one last ride on the carousel in 2023, but his right knee sent unmistakable signals.

Nick McCarvel on King Roger

Nick McCarvel, a well-known tennis reporter, analyst, and host, recently discussed Roger Federer’s farewell at the 2022 Laver Cup. “It was amazing. I think Roger [Federer] pushed himself to get ready. I think he was trying to come back. He came to Wimbledon for that centenary celebration to center court. I think there was the idea that he was gonna make the final push for one more Wimbledon 2023, but the body just wasn’t up to it,” McCarvel said. “That week was so special, having Novak, Andy and Rafa there, having the next generation guys like Casper and Stef and even the team world guys. The scenes, Rafa [Nadal], Andy [Murray], Novak [Djokovic], all being very emotional in their own ways as Roger [Federer] was breaking down. That was a really special moment for our sport and it’s hard sometimes I think for us to contextualize it,” he added.