Federer and Nadal performed every other 40 instances, with Nadal profitable 24 of these matches

Roger Federer’s choice to retire from tennis is a “sad day” for sport, his nice rival Rafael Nadal has said.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, introduced on Thursday that he would retire after the Laver Cup this month.

Only Spain’s Nadal, with 22 majors, and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, with 21, have extra men’s Grand Slam singles titles than the 41-year-old.

“Dear Roger, my friend and rival. I wish this day would have never come,” Nadal posted on social media.

“It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world.”

Nadal defeated Federer 24 instances in 40 matches throughout one of the vital celebrated rivalries in tennis historical past.

“It’s been a pleasure but also an honour and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court,” Nadal said.

“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.”

‘The most complete game of his generation’

Federer made his skilled debut aged 16 in 1998 and gained his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003.

The chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Ian Hewitt, congratulated Federer on a “truly remarkable career”.

“He will forever be celebrated as one of our greatest Wimbledon champions, having lifted the trophy eight times from his 22 appearances at the All England Club,” Hewitt added.

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