Roger Federer will take to the court for the last time in Laver Cup, will pair with Nadal in a super special doubles match

London, 23 September (His). Roger Federer will walk off the court on Friday night with a “super special” doubles match with longtime rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is battling a knee injury, has not played a match since the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals and announced his […]
 


Roger Federer will take to the court for the last time in Laver Cup, will pair with Nadal in a super special doubles match

London, 23 September (His). Roger Federer will walk off the court on Friday night with a “super special” doubles match with longtime rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is battling a knee injury, has not played a match since the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals and announced his retirement last week at the age of 41. However, he will appear on court in a final match for Team Europe at the Laver Cup, playing alongside Nadal in Dream Doubles against Team World’s Francis Tiafo and Jacques Sock.

Swiss legend Federer has enjoyed a longstanding rivalry with Spain’s Nadal spanning nearly two decades, and the two have 42 Grand Slam singles titles together.

The pair have played against each other 40 times, including nine Grand Slam finals, with Nadal winning 24 and Federer 16, but this time they will be together in the Laver Cup.

The six-strong Team Europe also includes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Federer will be replaced by Italian Matteo Berrettini for the final two days of the three-day tournament.

Federer said in a news conference on Thursday, “Of course it is very special to play with Rafa. Apart from that the opportunity to just walk the court and play against the likes of Rafa or Novak has been an amazing experience for me in the past.”

He said, “I am sure it is going to be amazing. I will try my best. I hope to do well there, and of course I will enjoy it but it will be tough.”

At the same time, Nadal said that he is looking forward to an “unforgettable” match with Federer.

“It is going to be amazing and unforgettable for me to be a part of this historic moment,” said the 36-year-old Nadal, who won a record 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

Team World captain John McEnroe said Federer’s retirement will leave a void that will never be filled.

“It is beyond belief what he and the other two men (Djokovic and Nadal) have done. He doesn’t need my advice. We all know that he loves sports. His sannyas will leave a void that will never be filled.”

Norway’s Kasper Rood will face Souk in the opening match of the Laver Cup on Friday, before Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the second singles match.

Murray, making his Laver Cup debut, will play Australia’s Alex de Minaur at the start of the night’s session before Federer and Nadal take to court.

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