I woke up really early this morning at 5 A.M. to witness the last match of the tennis legend,
He announced that he would join the Laver Cup this year and team up with Nadal to play a match of double and this would be his last professional match. Fans were happy (for being able to see him play again) and heart broken too for his retirement, at age 41.
The match is unprecedented too. A team of two tennis GOAT, with a total of 42 grand slam champions under their belts. This record I imagine is so unbreakable unless in the future Nadal teams up with Novak, which I think is less likely.
They represent the Europe team against the World team. Against... oh, whoever I don't care. Neither do the world.
It was a great match though. Did not end as we wished it to be - a win. But it was a great match so no one really cares. Roger's knee wasn't in good condition so it was really touching to see him play so many great shots!
Roger is still Roger.
He might be older, slower, with more injuries. But the talent, the instinct and the move is still there.
I am, we are, so lucky to live in the time of Roger Federer. Big three as well. But Roger is the key, the leader, the greatest, despite a little bit short from holding the most titles.
Greatness comes from other things than numbers.
I remember clearly a game back in early 2000. At that time, Roger was on the quick rise and looked so invincible that he could literally beat any human beings on this planet!
I was a student studying abroad. Gambling was legal there. I was so fascinated by this Swiss Fedex that I thought maybe he could earn me some pocket money if I bet on his win.
The bet rate was like 1.07 to 1. So you win 7% if good. Lose all if not. I thought for Roger 7% is too much already!! So I put in 100 dollars, which was a great amount for a poor student.
I watched the match with great confident. The opponent was Safin. It was Australian Open. Roger in white polo like a tennis king. The match turned out to be a historical one. In the five-set epic battle, Safin demonstrated unbelievable tennis skills that finally outlast Roger, who could only keep his usual level. I will never forget this match.
Anyway, Roger lost my 100 dollars. I had to cut my food budget of that week. lol.
Again, greatness does not come from winning either. The man himself is a true champion in so many aspects of life. I don't mind that he lost my precious 100 dollars.
Thank you, Roger! For bring us so many years of good memories with you playing on court.
Looking forward to your next chapter of life. Hopefully it will be as splendid as your tennis career!
So, stop crying. Really. Mirka is frowning now! 😆
photo credit: Sportcast Taiwan & Laver Cup 2022