Roger Federer, fittingly, ended his career on a court with Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer ended his professional career today after playing a doubles match at the Laver Cup alongside his longtime rival, Rafael Nadal. The pair lost 6-4, 6-7, 9-11 to the American team of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. SI’s Jon Wertheim and Chris Almeida reflect on Federer’s retirement, his final match, and his legacy.

Jon Wertheim: We all thought this would end in England, but not in an indoor arena, but probably at a prestigious grass event that he’s won more than anyone else.

Chris Almeida: Also probably with a singles match.

JW: Right, we all assumed he would be alone on his side of the net. That said, there’s some symbolism to Roger Federer’s career ending at an event named for the last man to win the Grand Slam while sharing half of the court with his greatest rival. One of the ways Federer blazed a trail was in showing that an opponent does not need to be an enemy. It’s appropriate that he’s playing alongside somebody who pushed him and challenged him and…

CA: And took a lot from him! And he was able to get over that.

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