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Nadal dedicates heartfelt words to his friend and rival who retired from tennis Roger Federer

Nadal dedicates heartfelt words to his friend and rival who retired from tennis

Rafael Nadal has made a touching dedication to tennis star Roger Federer, who announced that he will retire from the sport due to health complications after knee surgery.

Through a post on social networks, Nadal addresses Roger as a friend but also as a rival on the court, as he calls him, while calling his departure from tennis sad.

Nadal dedicates heartfelt words to his friend and rival who retired from tennis

Nadal's full message:

My dear friend and rival Roger!

I wish this day had never come! It's a sad day for me personally and for athletes around the world.

It has been a pleasure, but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many wonderful moments on and off the field.

We will have many more moments to share together in the future, there are still many things to do together, we know that.

For now, I sincerely wish you all the happiness in your family with Mirka, your children, and enjoy what lies ahead. See you in London at @lavercup

Nadal dedicates heartfelt words to his friend and rival who retired from tennis