Roger Federer To Play Doubles With Rafael Nadal At Laver Cup In Final Professional Match


Roger Federer pairs up with Rafael Nadal as he plays the last ATP game of his career at the Laver Cup on Friday as they represent Team Europe. The draw announced Thursday will see them play against Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock who represent Team World.

The event takes place in London, the same city where Federer has registered eight Wimbledon singles titles, an all-time men’s record. The 20-time Grand Slam champion said he will only play one game and Italy’s 26-year-old Matteo Berrettini will take his place for the rest of the competition. This is due to Federer’s ongoing injury problems.

Friday won’t be the first time Nadal and Federer have been on the same side of the field. They played together at the very first Laver Cup in 2017 and Sock was also one of their opponents. Before that, they’d only practiced together once because, as Federer said at the time, they were “always and forever rivals” as long as they were both active.

During their press conference 2017Nadal said the inaugural Laver Cup was an “ideal” day to finally play together. Now it’s hard to argue that the same cannot be said about Friday’s game.

on Thursday’s press conferenceNadal described their tennis relationship as a “friendly rivalry” and said it won’t be easy to see Federer leave.

“Tomorrow will be something special,” Nadal said. “I think a very difficult one. It will be difficult to tackle everything, especially for Roger, no doubt, for me too. One of the most important players, if not the most important player in my tennis career is leaving. This moment is going to be difficult Of course I’m super excited and grateful to be playing with him.”

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In total, Federer and Nadal have met 40 times over the course of their careers, including 14 in Grand Slams. They gave fans instant classics like the 2008 Wimbledon final.

The third member of the Big Three of men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, is also participating this weekend. The Serbian veteran played against Federer fifty times. He said he understands that this weekend is a game, but that Federer is undoubtedly the main storyline everyone is thinking about.

“Most of us have watched and admired Rogers’ success and achievements… we will do our best to contribute to the team and put in a good performance, but at the same time we marvel and celebrate his career as he deserves it in a great way.” way,” Djokovic said.

Federer and Nadal will play on Friday night’s session, which begins at 2 p.m. ET. Their match will likely kick off around 4pm ET.