Federer’s trophy-laden career ended with defeat on Friday, but for once the result hardly mattered as he headed into retirement with tears in his eyes and cheers ringing in his ears. The 41-year-old played alongside Spaniard Rafael Nadal — with whom he shared one of tennis’s most captivating rivalries — against Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
Tears flowed afterward as Ellie Goulding sung while a montage of Federer’s feats was projected on the black court. Various emotional moments were captured on the occasion. One of them was Federer and Nadal sitting side by side with eyes full of tears.
Twiterrati were all praise for the sportsmanship of Nadal, who bawled his eyes out at the end of a charismatic era in the history of tennis.