23 Sep 2023, 15:41

Federer 'won't be stranger' to tennis

VANCOUVER, Sept 23, 2023 (BSS/AFP) - Swiss tennis great Roger Federer was

feted Friday at the Laver Cup, where he said his final career match at the
event last year was the perfect conclusion to his career.

Federer drew roars from the crowd at Rogers Arena, home of the NHL's
Vancouver Canucks, where Team World, captained by Patrick McEnroe, swept
Bjorn Borg's Team Europe on day one to take a 4-0 lead in the competition
Federer helped create in 2017.

The night closed with an on-court question and answer session with the 20-
time Grand Slam champion, who said it had been a "great year" since he and
longtime rival Rafael Nadal were beaten in doubles in Federer's farewell

"I thought the farewell was beautiful, it was perfect, it was emotional," the
42-year-old said. "I was always dreading the moment for years... I was
worried my end was going to somehow be not nice, and it was the opposite."

He said he missed the excitement of the game -- break points, match points,
raising trophies and crowds of fans.

"I still have those moments time to time," he said, noting his appearance in
the royal box this year at Wimbledon -- the scene of some of his greatest
triumphs -- and at the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany.

"I made myself a promise I will be no stranger to the tour," Federer said.

He didn't specify what form his involvement in the game might take, although
he reiterated -- in response to a question from Borg -- that it could be as a
Laver Cup Team Europe captain.

Otherwise, Federer said, he and his wife, Mirka, have their hands full with
four children, and he's working on projects for his charitable foundation.

Before arriving in Vancouver this week he was at the United Nations to
discuss early learning and development projects for underprivileged children.

"It's also been beautiful to be at home more," he said.

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