Roger Federer will play double in the Laver Cup on Friday evening, in the last game of his career, alongside his eternal competitor Rafael Nadal. The organizers of the tournament in London announced this on Thursday. Their opponents are the Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
Maarten DelvauxSource: BELGA
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Last week, 41-year-old Federer announced that he would end his career after the Laver Cup. Due to knee problems, he has not played since his elimination in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July 2021. Those knee problems prevent him from playing in singles at the Laver Cup. He wanted to finish another double game.
“I don’t know if I can handle it anymore, but I’m going to do my best,” Federer said at the last press conference before his farewell game. “This match feels very special. I’m happy to play with and not against Rafael.”
Federer called Nadal his toughest rival in his career. “I think it’s a great message for the sport and maybe even beyond that we’ve each had such a career and come out on a good terms. That’s why I think it’s great to play my last game with him,” he said.
It will also be a special moment for the Spaniard. “This is going to be unforgettable. the most important player of my career is retiring. At the end of the match it will be very difficult. I am really looking forward to it and very grateful to be playing by his side.”
At the Laver Cup, which takes place in London next weekend, Team Europe will face Team World. Team World captain John McEnroe and tournament directors agree with Federer’s plan. The six players from each team should normally play one or two of the nine scheduled singles matches.
Roger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments and 103 ATP tournaments in his career. He was in first place in the ATP ranking for 310 weeks.