Juan Martin del Potro pays touching tribute to Roger Federer: “I love you Roger!”

Juan Martin del Potro has paid a touching tribute to Roger Federer, believing that tennis will never be the same without the Swiss. On Thursday, Federer announced his intention to retire from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup.

In 2009, in the US Open final, del Potro defeated Federer to win his first and only Grand Slam title. “I love you, Roger. Thank you for everything you have done for tennis and for me.

The world of tennis will never be the same without you,” del Potro wrote on Twitter.

💔😢. I LOVE YOU Roger. Thank you for everything you have done for tennis and for me. The world of tennis will never be the same without you.

https://t.co/Wm0IjNqjjx — Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) September 15, 2022

Federer follows del Potro into retirement

Earlier this year, del Potro retired from tennis after battling constant injuries over the years.

Federer, who hasn’t really played in the past two and a half years, also says goodbye to professional tennis. “To my tennis family and beyond, of all the gifts tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the way: my friends, my competitors and especially the fans who bring the sport to life.”

“Today I want to share some news with all of you,” Federer said in his statement. “As many of you know, the past three years have been marked by injuries and surgeries.

I worked hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know the capabilities and limitations of my body, and the message it has sent to me lately is clear.

I’m 41 years old. I have played over 1500 games in 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever imagined, and now I have to recognize when it’s time to end my sports career.

The Laver Cup, next week in London, will be my last ATP tournament. I will still play tennis in the future, of course, but not in Grand Slams or on the circuit.”

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