After Roger Federer announced his retirement on Thursday, Rafael Nadal wrote an emotional note to his on-court rival and off-court friend saying that the duo have “lots of things to do together” in the future.
Federer and Nadal won 42 Grand Slams between them and were part of the famed Big Three with Novak Djokovic that shaped a unique tennis legacy. However, the duo – dubbed as FeDal – also share a great camaraderie and mutual respect and appreciation.
Hours after the eight-time Wimbledon champion announced his retirement, Nadal wrote:
“Dear Roger, my friend and rival. I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court. We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still lots of things to do together, we know that.”
“For now, I truly wish you all the happiness with your wife, Mirka, your kids, your family and enjoy what’s ahead of you. I’ll see you in London.”
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