The 20-time Grand Slam champion, dogged through a knee harm, has now not performed for the reason that 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals and closing week introduced his retirement at the age of 41.
But he’s going to seem for one ultimate time for Team Europe at the Laver Cup, linking up with Nadal in a dream doubles pairing towards Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock at the O2 area.
Tomorrow evening. My closing fit. Doubles with @RafaelNadal 💪🏽❤️ https://t.co/7yPwmtvTiJ
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1663847225000
The Swiss nice has loved a storied competition with the Spaniard over just about twenty years and in combination they’ve received 42 Grand Slam singles titles in a golden generation for the lads’s sport.
The pair performed 40 occasions, together with in 9 Grand Slam finals, with Nadal conserving a 24-16 successful file, however this time they are going to be at the identical aspect of the online within the Ryder Cup-style match.
The six-strong Team Europe additionally comprises Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — the opposite two individuals of the so-called “Big Four” — in a becoming climax to Federer’s occupation.
Italian Matteo Berrettini will take Federer’s position for the general two days of the three-day event.
heading to dinner with some buddies @RafaelNadal @andy_murray @DjokerNole https://t.co/2oYR3hnGaZ
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1663872337000
“Of course, it’s super special playing with Rafa,” Federer mentioned at a packed press convention on Thursday. “Feels really different, you know.
“Also simply strolling out on court docket and having the danger to play with the likes of Rafa or Novak additionally prior to now has been a fantastic enjoy for me.
“So to be able to do that one more time, I’m sure it’s going to be wonderful. I will try my very best. I hope to be good out there, and of course I will enjoy it but it will be hard.”
Nadal, who first performed Federer at the ATP Tour in 2004, mentioned he was once having a look ahead to an “unforgettable” fit along the Swiss.
only a fast warmup sooner than the gala 🏓 https://t.co/U4udl8hKV4
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) 1663870128000
“After all the amazing things that we shared together on and off court, to be part of this historic moment is going be something amazing, unforgettable for me,” mentioned the 36-year previous, who has received a file 22 Grand Slam singles titles in males’s tennis.
Team World captain John McEnroe mentioned Federer’s retirement would go away “a void that will never be filled”.
“This is beyond belief what him and the other two guys (Djokovic and Nadal) have done,” he mentioned. “He doesn’t need my advice. He’s in a great position. He’s a total class act.
“We all know that. He loves the game. That’s a part of why he received such a lot, in my e book. He loves it. I’m hopeful that he, and I consider he’s going to be round it someway, form, or shape.”
Once in a lifetime experience to be on the same court with these legends and rivals. Thank you @LaverCup for making… https://t.co/JMM5c79HQ0
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) 1663862136000
US great Pete Sampras, whose record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles Federer surpassed in 2009, paid a warm tribute to the Swiss, remembering their one and only meeting in 2001.
“We had a really perfect combat at the Centre Court at Wimbledon and also you took me down in a tricky five-setter and I simply consider strolling off the court docket feeling like I’d met my fit,” he said in a video posted on social media.
“Truly a unique participant. Little did I do know two decades later that you would have 20 majors, been primary for years, ruled our recreation, principally do all of it.”
From one legend of the game to another 🤝 @rogerfederer | #RForever https://t.co/j36ugRxF2x
— ATP Tour (@atptour) 1663859378000
Norway’s Casper Ruud faces Sock in the first match of the Laver Cup on Friday before Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the second singles match.
Murray, making his debut at the Laver Cup, will play Australia’s Alex de Minaur at the start of the night session before Federer and Nadal take to the court.