Andy Murray Says He Doesn't Deserve A Roger Federer-Style Send Off From Tennis

The 35-year-old also has no intentions of calling time on his career anytime soon either
09:06, 26 Sep 2022

Andy Murray believes he doesn’t deserve a Roger Federer-style send off from tennis as he witnessed the Swiss icon given a grand farewell in the Laver Cup.

The Scotsman, having watched Federer bow out of their beloved sport, has no intention of calling time on his career anytime soon.

"I'm really not thinking about that right now," said the three-time Grand Slam singles champion.


The 35-year-old who feared he may have had to retire three years ago as a result of a hip injury, was part of the team that lost the Laver Cup for the first time.

Swiss legend Federer played the final match of his glorious career on Friday and there were emotional scenes as he waved goodbye after 25 years as a professional. A striking image of him crying, with Rafael Nadal tearing up next to him, has hit the tennis world hard.

On Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion gave another speech, receiving a standing ovation inside the O2 Arena in London.

 “I certainly won't and don't deserve to have a send-off like that,” Murray added.

"Roger did deserve that night and it was super special having all of those guys there watching on the side of the court.

"I probably would announce when I'm going to play my last event, but when that is I don't know. 

"I'm still playing competitive tennis and physically feeling good against top players."

Europe had won all four of the previous editions of the annual three-day event, which was Federer's conception and named in honour of Australian icon Rod Laver. 

Europe led 8-4 heading into the final day, when the first team to reach 13 points would be declared the champions. Three points were awarded for a victory on Sunday and Team World fought back with two straight wins on the day.

Europe's lead was reduced to 8-7 when Murray and Berrettini lost 2-6 6-3 10-8 to Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock in the first doubles match of the day. Canadian Auger-Aliassime then beat 21-time major singles champion Novak Djokovic in the singles, putting World into the lead for the first time in the tournament.

With one more win needed to make history for Team World at 10-8, US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe sealed the victory against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, which he managed with an entertaining comeback. Tsitsipas dominated the first set, but could not take any of four match points in the second-set tie-break and was punished as the American won 1-6 7-6 (13-11) 10-8. 

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