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. His wish was to do that together with Rafael Nadal. And that wish comes true. On Friday evening, the two will compete for Team Europe against Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
It will be a special moment for Federer. “I don’t know if I can handle it, but I’m going to try,” he looked ahead. “Playing with Rafa feels very different. I’m happy to have him on my team and not have to play against him. I think it will be great to do this again. I’m going to do my very best. I will also try to enjoy it, but it will be very difficult.” Nadal is equally enthusiastic: “It will be a historic moment. One of the most important, if not the most important player in my tennis career is quitting. Ultimately, this moment will be difficult. But most of all I’m super excited and grateful to play with him.”
Also enthusiastic: the audience. Today Federer trained with Nadal against Djokovic and Murray. The O2 arena actually exploded at the entrance of the Swiss (see the images above). What will that give tomorrow? If you still want a ticket, you have to deposit a lot of money. €8,900 is being asked for resale tickets for the long-sold-out tournament.
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.