Roger Federer: The fans are the centre of everything
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Despite the Laver Cup being an emotional rollercoaster of a competition, Roger Federer has had his fans in hysterics for posing as a ‘water boy’ for Novak Djokovic. The Team Europe team-mates are hoping to secure victory over Team World on Sunday.
Countless tears have been shed at the O2 in London over the past three days with Federer decided to take to the court one last time before retiring as one of the all-time greats. The 41-year-old has struggled with a knee injury in recent times but wanted to ensure that he was retiring on his own terms.
Federer has hinted that he won’t be staying away from tennis for too long and told fans that they can expect to see him back shortly so they can all ‘celebrate’. And the Swiss star may have found himself a job already as the assistant of Djokovic, much to the amusement of his fans.
A video has shown Federer asking Federer whether Djokovic needs any water in a break during his match against Francis Tiafoe, which was quickly accepted. His Team Europe teammate then immediately grabbed two bottles from the cooler and past them to the Serb, with the original video being captioned: “Roger Federer: Always looking out for his teammates.”
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Federer then quote tweeted the video with the caption: “Novak H2Okovic” much to the amusement of his 12.9million followers. One replied: “This is a good one Roger!”
Another asked: “New job? Aqua man?” and another noted: “We all need extra H2O after all the crying last night (Sunday).”
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Federer was unable to mark his retirement tournament with a win, tasting defeat alongside Rafael Nadal as the pair took on Jack Sock and Tiafoe. And Djokovic is certainly enjoying the Big Four, including Andy Murray, all being part of the same team for the Laver Cup, revealing that he hopes Federer reconsiders his retirement as he wants the rivals to unite again in the future.
He said: “I think that this competition – Laver Cup – is obviously the only competition where you can have the greatest rivals in your life as your team-mates. That’s why we enjoy it very much.
“Trying to marvel every single moment spent on and off the court, particularly this year with the four of us teaming up – Andy, Roger, Rafa and myself – it’s a unique experience. I want to say, most people think it’s probably never going to happen again, there is always a hope that Roger will come back so we could play together again.”
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