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This the end of an era in tennis.

Roger Federer played his final match on Friday night at the Laver Cup in London, losing in the doubles paired with Rafael Nadal as part of the European team.

The two legends teamed up against Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who defeated them 4-7, 7-6, 11-9.

Both Federer and Nadal shed tears as the crowd applauded the former and he mouthed “Thank you.”

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An emotional Roger Federer of Team Europe acknowledges the crowd after playing with Rafael Nadal in their Laver Cup doubles match against Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe of Team World at the O2 Arena in London on Friday, September 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

“It was a perfect journey,” Federer said after the match. “I would do it all over again.”

41-year-old announced his retirement last weekciting injuries over the past few years that have slowed him down.

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after playing with Rafael Nadal in their Laver Cup doubles match at the O2 Arena in London, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Federer's doubles match with Nadal marked the end of his glittering career.

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after playing with Rafael Nadal in their Laver Cup doubles match at the O2 Arena in London, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Federer’s doubles match with Nadal marked the end of his glittering career.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and operations“, Federer said. “I’ve been working hard to get back to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capabilities and limits, and lately that message has been clear to me. I am 41 years old. In 24 years I have played more than 1500 matches. “Tennis has treated me more generously than I could have ever dreamed, and now I have to admit that it is time to end my competitive career.”

Federer spoke to the crowd after the match, taking it all in one last time.

“It was a great day. I told the guys I’m happy, I’m not sad. It’s nice to be here. I enjoyed tying my boots again. It was one last time,” he said.

Team Europe happy to have three top Grand Slam winners together: Federer, Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21).

“It was wonderful. And of course, playing with Rafa in the same team and having guys, all here, all legends… It’s amazing. It’s true,” said Federer.

Team Europe's Roger Federer, left, sits next to Rafael Nadal after their Laver Cup doubles match against Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe of the World Team at the O2 Arena in London, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Team Europe’s Roger Federer, left, sits next to Rafael Nadal after their Laver Cup doubles match against Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe of the World Team at the O2 Arena in London, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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“It’s really a celebration for me,” he added. “I wanted it to feel like the end, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.”

Federer spent 310 weeks as the world’s top-ranked tennis player and finished his career with 20 Grand Slam titles, the third most of all time. His titles are: eight Wimbledonssix Australian Opens, five US Opens and one French Open.

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