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Laver Cup Live Updates: Roger Federer plays doubles with Rafael Nadal in his last match before retirement

LONDON — After 24 years on the ATP Tour, with 20 Grand Slam titles and 103 tournament wins around the world to his name, Roger Federer will play his last professional match on Friday night, when he partners old rival Rafael Nadal in doubles at the fifth edition of the Laver Cup.

The event, created by Federer and his agent, Tony Godsick, pits teams of six against each other. Joining Federer and Nadal on Team Europe will be Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the first time the Big Four have all played in the Laver Cup at the same time. We will have live updates during Federer’s final match:


prepare for the last time


The history of #TeamFedal

While Federer and Nadal have shared the court many times over the years, this is only the second time they have played doubles together. They first paired up in the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017, taking on Jack Sock as they will on Friday, and Sam Querrey.

At the time, Federer and Nadal had only practiced together during their careers once, something Federer revealed during the event. Each had also played (and won) their singles matches earlier that day, but unsurprisingly, the duo won the match, 6-4, 1-6, 10-5. Of course, there were plenty of noteworthy points, and even more laughs, greetings, and gif-worthy celebrations.

After the match, Nadal said that the partnership was something he had wanted for a long time.

“Having the chance to have Roger by my side is a great privilege and something I wanted to happen at some point,” Nadal said. “Today was the ideal day for that to happen, wasn’t it?” — D’Arcy Maine


farewell to federer

In the past week, Federer announced his decision to retire from tennisafter confirming that his recovery from a right knee operation, in 2021, had not been as good as he expected.

It ends the career of one of the all-time greats of men’s tennis. Federer won eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Opens, five US Opens and one French Open title, dominating men’s tennis for many years.

The 41-year-old, who says he hopes to play exhibition matches in the future and has vowed to stay close to tennis, said on Thursday he was looking forward to playing Nadal, a man he has faced on 40 occasions, including nine. Grand Slam Finals.

“Of course it’s super special to play with Rafa,” said Federer. “It feels really different. Going out on the pitch and having the opportunity to play with players like Rafa or Novak in the past has been an amazing experience for me. To be able to do it once again, I’m sure it will be wonderful. I’ll do my best. I can. I hope to be good out there. Of course I will enjoy it, but it will be difficult.”

Nadal said he can’t wait.

“After all that we share together on and off the court, being part of this historic moment is going to be something incredible, unforgettable for me,” he said. — Simon Cambers


the big four together

For the first time, the Laver Cup brings together Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.

The quartet won 66 Grand Slam titles and 329 tournaments between them, and played numerous Grand Slam finals.

Federer said having them on his side was a nice change.

“I’m super excited to have them on our team, my team and not have to play against them, in my last game,” he said.

Murray, scheduled to play on Friday before Federer and Nadal’s doubles match, agreed.

“I think the atmosphere is going to be amazing,” he said. “Playing in the night session against Roger and Rafa is going to be really special.” — Simon Cambers


Can Team World break through?

Team Europe, captained by Bjorn Borg, has won the previous four editions against Team World, captained by John McEnroe.

Although the 2019 match saw Team Europe win 13-11, Europe defeated Team World 14-1 last year and re-enter the match as heavy favourites.

McEnroe knows he’s under pressure to perform, but says there may be a window of opportunity, with the likes of Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime in his lineup.

“Bjorn has a dream team, but you have Roger announcing his retirement, Andy struggling to get back to being as healthy as he was and Rafa’s wife at home expecting a baby, that gives us some hope,” McEnroe told the London Evening. . Default newspaper. — Simon Cambers


Laver 101 Cup

Each day consists of four matches, three singles and one doubles, with each win awarding one point on Friday, two points on Saturday and three points on Sunday. The first team to 13 points wins the competition and if it is tied 12-12, a decisive fifth match will be played.

Each match is the best of three sets, although the third set is a 10-point tiebreaker. — Simon Cambers


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