Tears, heart, resilience, brilliance: Federer signs off his professional career in style

There were tears, of course there were. For one last time, Roger Federer laced up his shoes, stepped out onto the match court and enjoyed the warmth and love of an adoring crowd. That his last match – a doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup – ended in defeat, didn’t matter in the slightest. The debate about who is the greatest of all time will go on,