Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal recognize US Open fan renowned for stripping his shirt off before he whips the Laver Cup crowd into a frenzy for the Swiss star’s final match
- Roger Federal and Rafael Nadal spotted the fan during their Laver Cup defeat
- A fan who who is famous at the US Open for taking his shirt off was in the crowd
- The duo spotted the spectator with both tennis recognizing the US Open fan
- The fan whipped the crowd into a frenzy as he stripped off a total 10 shirts
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal noticed a US Open fan famed for taking his shirt off at Flushing Meadows moments before he whipped the Laver Cup crowd into a frenzy during the Swiss’s final match.
Federer partnered with his greatest rival in what was his final match of his professional tennis career, spanning 24 years.
Nadal and the 20-time grand slam champion failed to triumph over World pairing Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe losing 4-6, 7-6, 11-9.
In a lighter moment, the Swiss ace was sat with Nadal during a first-set break with Team Europe leading 4-3 in the first.
‘Hey, you know this guy? This guy’s from the US Open,’ Federer said to Nadal with a smile.
Rafael Nadal (L) and Roger Federer (R) joked together upon seeing the recognizable fan
Soon after the camera panned to him, the man whipped London’s O2 Arena crowd into a frenzy
Nadal did indeed recognize him referring to him as the man who’s always ‘taking the shirts [off].’
Initially in a gold buttoned shirt, the fan stripped of his first number, twirling it over his head before throwing it into the crowd.
From there, he kept it going. Underneath the gold shirt was initially a black Rodger Federer ‘RF’ branded t-shirt, followed by a navy Nadal tee.
Federer and Nadal capped off an incredible rivalry by playing together in Federer’s final match
The fan was said to have been flown in from the US especially for Federer’s last ever match
From there on, it was almost all Federer, a further 10 shirts were peeled off, leaving one white RF shirt remaining.
According to the host commentator, the gentleman was flown in from the United States, especially for the occasion.
Federer and Nadal both seemed to enjoy the spectacle, along with a fervent crowd which cheered, clapped and danced throughout.
Federer’s typical elegance was on display after two-decades of graceful on-court play
The tennis greats walked back on court, with smiles sprawled across their faces.
While Federer certainly appreciated what he was seeing, he did suggest the fan should take it up a notch.
‘He has to go naked at the end. He has to,’ he said.
Federer might have lost his final match nor did the man go the distance. It seems even even the greats don’t always get what they want.
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