Rafael Nadal reacts to Federer’s retirement

The Spanish champion, Rafael Nadal, reacted on Thursday to the retirement of the Swiss, Roger Federer; long considered its No. 1 rival. It is “a sad day for me and for sport around the world,” he said.

β€œIt has been a pleasure but also an honor and a privilege to share all these years with you, to experience so many fantastic moments on and off the courts,” he tweeted.

“I wish that day never happened,” writes Nadal, 36, who was friends with Federer despite their great rivalry on the courts.

β€œWe will still have many more moments to share together in the future, there is still so much to do together, we know that. In the immediate future, I truly wish you all the happiness possible with your wife, Mirka, your children, your family. I’ll see you in London,” added the current ATP number 3, mentioning the Laver Cup, a competition scheduled for September 23 to 25 in the British capital and which will be the Swiss prodigy’s final competition.

Federer, and his 20 Grand Slam titles, and Nadal, who took the record to 23 titles, have long inhabited the heights of world tennis alone – until the emergence of the Serbian Novak Djokovic -, facing each other 40 times. (24 victories for the Spaniard against 16 for the Swiss).

Their opposition of style has made their rivalry a legend, coupled with a friendship that has never wavered.

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