Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Saturday September 24, 2022 at 01:27
After an associated meeting for his last partner in Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer lost to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
Roger Federer would have hoped for a happier ending. On the occasion of the last game of his career, Switzerland could not avoid defeat with Rafael Nadal against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. A meeting, which followed the showdown won by Alex de Minaur against Andy Murray, which started with two solid pairs in the service. Indeed, it was not until the ninth game to see the first break point in favor of the Americans. However, the Swiss and the Spaniard raised their voices to dismiss it and then hold their serve. A small alert that the European pair has received. In the process, on their very first opportunity, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took the service of their opponents to pocket this first set. Not dejected, Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe entered the second leg in the best possible way. Putting the European pair in difficulty, they were able to make their third break point a reality before confirming this advantage, not without having discarded three balls which would have allowed “Fedal” to come back. However, it was only a postponement. Aligning three games in a row, the Swiss and the Spaniard have picked up but have not finished playing to scare each other.
Sock and Tiafoe didn’t cheat
At five games everywhere, after a long game of more than ten minutes and after having saved six break points, they held their service before being embarked on a decisive game. Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe took the hand from the start and did not let go. Winning the last four points, the Americans pushed back the suspense until the “tiebreak match” replacing the last round in the Laver Cup. To the cheers of the O2 Arena crowd, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal got off to a flying start, earning the first three points. The response from the Americans was immediate with four successful exchanges in a row. The two teams were then neutralized until the first match point for the Swiss and the Spaniard. A failure that sealed the fate of the match. Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, at the cost of sometimes unexpected or inspired blows, concluded with their first match point (4-7, 7-6, 11-9 in 2h16′) to allow the World team to equalize at two points everywhere at the end of this first day. But the main thing was probably elsewhere. Surrounded by his family, his greatest rivals, Roger Federer has been described as he deserves, as the champion he remains.