Roger Federer set to play ‘special’ final match of career on Friday with Rafael Nadal – and the two will probably play it differently
It is all in the name: Roger Federer is playing his final match on Friday against Rafael Nadal – and Federer is playing it differently.
There are plenty of reasons why Federer is playing his final match on Friday: his relationship with Nadal, who has had a hard time of late, his preparation, perhaps most of all, because of Federer’s love of tennis, and his desire to cap off one of the most memorable careers of all time.
Federer’s personal life will not be affected in any way as Federer’s official retirement comes this Friday when he plays Nadal for a record-equalling sixth time. The two will have met in eight of the Federer’s 12 career finals (Nadal won five).
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But Federer is also playing it like it could be his final match – and like it could be his last time playing the kind of tennis he loves. Federer has struggled as of late – his form has sagged and his form has been his Achilles heel.
He has struggled with his serve and his temperament. He has found it difficult to string together a winning performance, something he has struggled to get to throughout his career.
“It is always difficult to play well into the second set against your best opponent,” Federer said on Friday before the match, which gets underway at the O2 Arena in central London. “I think I’ve always had to go a step further than I’ve been capable of. When you have a great match, great match, you still have to do a little bit better to win. It’s always been like that.
“I think it’s a great sign that I’ve won more matches since my injury – and maybe