Roger Federer pays tribute to 'warrior' David Ferrer following US Open exit

2018 US Open - Day 1

Roger Federer has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to David Ferrer as the Spaniard bowed out in his final Grand Slam in unfortunate circumstances.

Thirty six-year-old Ferrer is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have not won a Grand Slam in the modern-era.

He holds the distinction of having won the most matches on the ATP tour without having won a Grand Slam tournament. 

The former world number three will retire after playing in Barcelona or Madrid next year, but has confirmed the US Open will be his final Grand Slam.

Ferrer has won the Davis Cup three times with Spain and it was against his compatriot Rafael Nadal that the Valencia-based player took his final bow in a major tournament. 

Ferrer led the world No.1 by a break in the second set, but a calf injury brought the match to a premature halt.

Nadal payed an emotional tribute to Ferrer after the match, via the BBC, saying: "It is sad for me to see him finish like this.

"I'm very very sorry for him, he is one of my closest friends on tour and we have shared amazing moments together, playing in French Open finals and playing together in the Davis Cup and Davis Cup finals.

"He is one of the greatest players we have had in our country."

 Nadal embracing Ferrer after the match

Now, the most decorated player in the history of the men's game has taken to Twitter to pay his own 'short but sweet' tribute to Ferrer.

A classy response as always from Federer and it seems other Twitter users agree with his assessment of Ferrer.

Ferrer himself appears to be looking forward to slowing down into his retirement and said in his post match conference, via Metro: "I will have chance next year to finish in Spain with my people.

"I will try to be there with recovery. I played a lot in all of my career, and I never stop one month, two months. My career was really intense. This for me now is normal.

"I am 36 years old. It’s time to be home. It’s time to rest three, four months, the time that I will need, and playing next year the tournaments that I would like play."

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