20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was a guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where he reflected on his amazing career, but also talked about his emotionally-charged final doubles match with Rafael Nadal in London earlier this year.
Roger revealed that Rafa was not sure if he would be able to make it to London for the Laver Cup as he was awaiting the birth of his first child but that our champ had promised that he would try and make it to the farewell match.
“This is a very unusual situation for us to be on the same team. That changed the whole dynamics of my farewell. My hope was I could play doubles with Rafa. So I called him up after the US Open. It was a very emotional phone call because it was one of the first times I told somebody outside of my team and my family,” Federer said.
“I had to call him up and tell him ‘hey Rafa, just before you make any other plans, I would love you to be at the Laver Cup and play maybe one last doubles with me. It would be amazing. Unfortunately, my knee is not good anymore and I think, it’s the end, you know?’.
“And he is like, ‘okay, oh my god, okay, yeah I will be there whatever it takes’.
“He has now become a father, happy for him. And we were not sure if he was going to make it because of the baby. It was one of the first times I had to tell that story and come to terms that my career was ending.”