It was after midnight in London when the final point of Roger Federer’s career was played. That it meant his final match ended in a heartbreaking defeat, on a deciding tiebreak, did not seem to matter. Federer was in tears shortly afterwards, not due to the result, but because of the people he could share the moment with. Rafael Nadal was soon crying beside him. By the end, there was barely anyone who wasn’t.
Farewell Roger, one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, took the game of tennis to perfection. Your sublime artestry, speed, creativity and delightful manners and grace, transcended mere mortal players, and I recall many ridiculously good shots! You will be sorely missed on tennis courts all over the world. Enjoy retirement and your lovely supportive family at home in the Swiss Alps.