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‘You were doing so well’: Alex de Minaur booed after unintentional Federer farewell error

Alex de Minaur Roger Federer, Six Sports

One of the most refined athletes in the world, Alex de Minaur has earned a poor reputation among tennis fans.

Alex De Minaur uttered one perhaps indelicate remark in his post-match interview at the Laver Cup, prompting whistles from the British crowd.

Prior to Roger Federer‘s final-ever professional tennis match, emotions were high. Moreover, he got into difficulty for making a minor mistake about the retiring champion.

Alex De Minaur upset Andy Murray 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 in a challenging singles match, but his post-match remarks will be remembered.

“I’m just glad I was able to get a win for Team World and hopefully we can get another in the doubles,”

The gathering took offense at any shade of grey, and the statement went over like a lead balloon.

Prior to facing Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, Federer and Rafael Nadal faced each other.

Team World upset Federer and Nadal 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 11-9 at the O2 Arena.

De Minaur did provide more context for his remark when the jeering subsided.

“It’s going to be a special match,”

He spoke,

“I’m going to have popcorn out. It’s going to be a great match. Let’s make it an unbelievable atmosphere for Rog one last time.”

When Federer walked off the court for the final time, sobbing could be heard all over the world.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who has been dealing with a knee issue,

Has not competed since the Wimbledon quarterfinals of 2021, and the 41-year-old this week announced his retirement.

To the pleasure of a heated, enthusiastic crowd, Federer rolled back the years in London, the site of many of his most famous Wimbledon triumphs.

The outcome didn’t matter in the end.

“We’ll get through this somehow”: Roger Federer

“We’ll get through this somehow,”

Federer cried and said.

“It’s been a wonderful day. I told the guys I’m happy, not sad.

“It feels great to be here. I enjoyed tying my shoelaces once more, everything was the last time.

“I didn’t feel the stress so much even though I thought maybe something was going to go, like a calf, but the match was great.

“Playing with Rafa and having all the greats here, all the legends, thank you.”

19 years after winning his first Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon in 2003, the Swiss performer is retiring from the stage.

He quits with 103 titles overall and an impressive men’s record of eight Wimbledon victories.

And well over $130 million in winnings alone, all earned with a game that stood out for its exceptional finesse and grace.

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