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Roger Federer ‘has a lot to apologise for,’ says ATP star

Frances Tiafoe says he will not be apologising to Roger Federer for beating him in his final match, but he will accept one.

Tiafoe and partner Jack Sock overcame Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup to send the Swiss star into retirement on the back of a defeat.

It was a highly emotional night at the O2 Arena in London, with Team World going on to win the Laver Cup for the first time.

When asked if he apologised to Federer for beating him, Tiafoe was in jovial mood before paying tribute to the 20-time major winner.

“I want to see him lit, but I’m not going to apologise to him. He’s got a lot to apologise for after the last 24 years after beating everyone on the tour,” Tiafoe joked.

“No, I won’t apologise but I will say thank you for having me in this amazing event and for what he’s done for the game.

“He’s a class act. I’m happy to know him, happy to call him a friend, happy to call him a colleague, and best wishes in his second act. But I will not apologise.”

The Laver Cup success continued a fine run of form for Tiafoe, who also reached the semi-finals of the US Open.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.