Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer: An important part of my life is leaving too

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Roger Federer hits a backhand during the Wimbledon final in 2017.

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Teenager Federer hits a shot while en route to winning the junior title at Wimbledon in 1998.

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Federer with his parents, Robert and Lynette, in 1998.

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Federer hit a forehand at Wimbledon in 2003. He went on to win the championship, his first Grand Slam title.

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Federer and Serena Williams standing with the Wimbledon Trophies in 2003.

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Federer celebrates after defeating Lleyton Hewitt to win his first US Open in 2004.

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Federer signs on camera after a game at the 2005 French Open.

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Federer plays the leader Andy Roddick during the 2005 Wimbledon final. Federer won five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 2003-2007.

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Federer and Andre Agassi hit balls on the helipad at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2005. That was before a tournament in Dubai.

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Federer and his future wife, Mirka, hang out in Paris together. She was also a professional tennis player. They married in 2009.

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Federer accepts his title after defeating Agassi to win the 2005 US Open.

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Federer sits next to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show in New York in 2006.

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Federer and Rafael Nadal played a show in a half-mud and half-grass match in Spain in 2007. Federer has excelled on grass throughout his career. Nadal is widely known as the “King of Mud”.

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Federer lifted his trophy in front of the crowd after winning his fifth successive victory at Wimbledon in 2007.

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Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka celebrate after winning the Olympic gold medal in doubles in 2008.

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Federer returned a shot to Novak Djokovic during a match in Monaco in 2008.

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Nadal consoles Federer after his 2009 Australian Open final defeat. The two contenders pushed each other throughout their careers.

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Federer fell to his knees after winning the French Open in 2009. He completed the elusive Grand Slam title for Federer.

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Federer played a shot in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

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Federer celebrates after winning Wimbledon in 2009. This was his 15th title, which at the time was the most ever for a men’s tennis player.

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Federer poses with children in Kore Ropa, Ethiopia, while visiting a school funded by his charitable foundation, the Roger Federer Foundation, in 2010.

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Federer plays Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final.

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Federer salutes Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II while attending Wimbledon 2010.

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Federer serves during the 2011 Australian Open, winning the tournament six times in his career.

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After winning a championship in Switzerland, Federer stood with the Ball Boys and Girls picking up slices of pizza in 2011. Federer, who once worked as a ball boy in Basel, hosted the pizza party.

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Federer walks off the field with Murray after Murray defeats him in the 2012 Olympics final in London.

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Federer takes to the court for a match in the 2013 ATP Tour Finals.

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Federer signs autographs for fans in Shanghai, China, in 2013.

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Federer fell during Wimbledon’s semi-final match against Milos Raonic in 2016. He had a knee injury that year, and he injured it again during the loss to Raonic.

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Federer and Murray play a charity match on a catamaran in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2017.

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Federer won the 2017 Australian Open, defeating Nadal in the final. This was his first Grand Slam title since coming out with knee surgery.

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Federer practices in Indian Wells, California, in 2017.

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Federer saw his wife, Mirka, and their four children after winning Wimbledon in 2017. Federer has two sets of twins: an identical twin and a fraternal twin.

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Federer cries alongside Martin Cilic after winning the 2018 Australian Open. This was the last Grand Slam title of his career.

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Federer backhand Nadal during the French Open semi-finals in 2019.

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Federer and Williams take a selfie after competing together in mixed doubles in 2019.

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Federer is leaving Wimbledon Central Court after losing in the quarter-finals in 2021.

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Federer and Djokovic attend the centenary celebrations at Wimbledon in July.

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Federer announced this month that his Laver Cup appearance would be the last match of his professional career.

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Federer plays a backhand during the last professional game of his career at the Laver Cup in London on Friday, September 23. He was with fellow star Rafael Nadal.

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Federer and Nadal torn apart after losing the doubles match on Friday.

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Federer was lifted into the air by his fellow players after competing in his last game on Friday.

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