Alcaraz, heartbroken by Federer's goodbye: "I still want to play with you!"

Roger Federer and Carlos Alcaraz. / @carlosalcaraz

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"The world of tennis will never be the same without you," wrote the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro, who also had to withdraw due to injuries

Carlos Alcaraz was one of the first tennis players to react to Roger Federer's retirement announcement, first, through an emoticon that represents a broken heart that the new world number one published on his social networks, and later with a message dedicated to the Swiss. “Roger, he has been one of my idols and a source of inspiration! Thank you for everything you have done for our sport! I still want to play with you! I wish you the best of luck for what is to come!” wrote the 19-year-old tennis player from Murcia.

Other active and retired players also lamented the departure of the Swiss and thanked him for everything he has done for tennis and sport in general. "I love you Roger. Thank you for everything you have done in tennis and with myself. The world of tennis will never be the same without you," wrote Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who also had to retire as a result of injuries.

“Roger, where do we start? It has been a privilege to witness your journey and watch you become a champion in every sense of the word. We will greatly miss seeing you adorning our courts, but all we can say for now is thank you, for the memories and the joy you have given to so many", can be read in the official account of Wimbledon, a tournament that Federer conquered until in eight times. "You changed the game," the ATP circuit highlighted for his part.

Legendary Billie Jean King also praised the Swiss' tennis. "You captured the hearts of the whole world with the best game of a generation," declared the legendary player. Other tennis players who immediately wanted to thank Federer for his legacy were Andy Roddick, Stanislas Wawrinka or Milos Raonic.

Also, outside the world of tennis, the FIFA World Cup website wanted to honor Federer with a photograph of the Swiss myth together with Diego Armando Maradona, about which one can read: «One of the best in the history of sport. Thanks for tennis, @rogerfederer."

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