Roger Federer had to settle for a marginal role in 2021.
Several days have passed since Roger Federer’s farewell, but the emotions are still alive in the hearts and minds of all fans. During the first day of the Laver Cup, the King played his last match with Rafael Nadal before hanging up his racket.
Both were beaten by Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who also took some flak, but the result didn’t matter at all that night. The Swiss phenomenon received a splendid tribute at the end of the match, in addition to enjoying the moment of his retirement with his family and his great rivals.
Ellie Goulding’s magnificent performance made the ceremony even more exciting and moving. Roger and Rafa’s tears have gone around the world, as well as the photo in which they appear hand in hand on the bench. He said of it: “I was super emotional and couldn’t stop sobbing.
When Ellie Goulding started singing, the mood became even more electric and the spotlight shifted to her. Of course, I couldn’t speak at that moment and I shook Rafa’s hand to thank him.” Roger is part of a club of six athletes who have earned at least a billion dollars in their careers.
Federer ranks fifth with earnings of about $1.09 billion, ahead of Floyd Mayweather ($1.08 billion), and behind Tiger Woods ($1.72 billion), Cristiano Ronaldo ($1.24 billion), LeBron James ($1.16 billion) and Lionel Messi ($1.15 billion).
Federer will miss traveling around the world
Roger Federer opened up about this aspect of his career during a recent interview with the ATP Tour. “This is definitely a big moment for me to thank everybody who has always supported me.
I feel the Federer fans became more and more the older I got,” he said. “If I had all these emotions on the court, it’s because of the fans. They know that, I know that, and those are the things I’m going to miss.
Traveling around the world, have somebody wait for me, and be so excited to see me, that’s why I wrote in the letter that I love tennis and I will see you around,” he added. “For me, it was important to remind the fans that I will not leave the game and I will be there.
People will get a chance to see me again. We’ll have moments again, they might be different, but they will be beautiful moments. It was important to remind myself that and also the fans, who I am so very thankful to,” the 20-time Grand Slam champion expressed.