Photos and videos of Federer and Nadal – who shared one of tennis’ most enthralling rivalries – sitting in a chair and crying after combining for European Team in a doubles loss at London’s O2 Arena on Friday went viral on social media.
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The Spaniard, who won a men’s record 22 Grand Slam titles, later said an important part of him was also leaving the Tour with Federer’s retirement.
“Rafael Nadal has withdrawn for personal reasons. He will be replaced by Cameron Norrie,” tournament organizers announced on Saturday.
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Nadal is also expecting his first child with wife Mery Perello, but made the trip to London to play alongside Federer in the Swiss maestro’s latest professional outing.
Federer was replaced by Italian Matteo Berrettini in Team Europe, who were tied 2-2 with team world after the matches of the first day.
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Novak Djokovic will also return to action on Saturday for the first time since winning his 21st major singles title at Wimbledon last month. He should face the American Frances Tiafoe then in doubles with Berrettini.