Federer, 41, said he will retire after the Laver Cup in London at the end of September, not playing since Wimbledon 2021 because of a knee problem.
“Dear Roger, my friend and rival, I wish this day would never come,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.
We will have many moments to share together in the future, there is still so much to do together, we can’t… https://t.co/LxMqAqe65D
– Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 1663257732000
“It’s been a sad day for me personally and for sport around the world. It’s been a joy but also an honor and privilege to have shared the years with you, living so many moments. Great carving on and off the court.”
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is just behind Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21), in the list of the biggest men’s singles players.
They have faced each other 14 times at Grand Slam tournaments, of which Nadal won 10 times and Federer four.
“We will have many moments to share together in the future, there is still a lot of work to do together, we know that,” continued Nadal.
“For now, I really wish you all the happiness with your wife Mirka, your children, your family and enjoy what’s ahead of you. I’ll see you in London at () Laver Cup. ”
The hard court tournament, September 23-25, sees tennis stars from Europe go head-to-head against others from the rest of the world, with Nadal and Federer joining the ‘Team’. Europe’.