Federer hopes to see Nadal continue for a long time

Federer hopes to see Nadal continue for a long time
Federer hopes to see Nadal continue for a long time

“It’s very interesting to follow this (the end of Nadal’s career) from afar,” Federer said. “Because I know how I experienced the end of my career. It was maybe even a little different, since I didn’t play at all until the doubles (in the Laver Cup).”

Before saying goodbye after a doubles with the “bull of Manacor” at the end of September 2022, the young retiree played his last truly official match – the Laver Cup being more of an exhibition – during Wimbledon 2021. Since then, He happened to discuss several times with his old Spanish rival.

If he says ‘ciao‘, it’s on the field and not from his couch’. And I love that, because we can see that he is far from being 100%.

Roger Federer, about Rafael Nadal

“We saw each other recently, during a photo shoot (broadcast last week, for a French luxury brand), and again afterwards,” he revealed. “Since then, we have spoken less. What I see is someone who is really trying to be on the field. If he says ‘ciao‘, it’s on the field and not from his couch’. And I love that, because we see that he is far from being 100%.”

Before revealing to the world the official decision to say goodbye to his playing life, Federer called Nadal to tell him the news. Perhaps the Balearic left-hander will do the same. But for the moment, as he has regularly repeated, if he declared playing “without a doubt” his last season, he still has the small hope of continuing beyond if his body allows it. Which would please “RF”.

“I think it (choosing when to retire) is so personal,” said the eight-time Wimbledon winner. “It’s up to him how he wants to do it. I don’t have any information on this, and I hope that in fact he will play much longer than we think. But the question is his body, as he says very honestly.”

A body that will soon pass a major test. A few hours after the broadcast of the interview with Roger Federer, Marie-Josée Pérec, present at Roland-Garros for the drawing of the table, had a heavy hand for the quartet winner of the tournament: a first round against the recent winner of the Masters 1000 of Rome and fourth player in the world: Alexander Zverev.

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