Laver Cup: Roger Federer to pair up with Rafael Nadal for his last professional match
Laver Cup: Tennis great Roger Federer will pair up with Rafael Nadal in his last professional tennis match on Friday.
- Federer will pair up with Nadal in his last professional tennis match
- Federer will retire from tennis after Laver Cup 2022
- Federer onfirmed he would only play one doubles match
By India Today Web Desk: Tennis fans will be in for a treat as Roger Federer will play the final match of his illustrious career in doubles alongside Rafael Nadal, his old rival, in the Laver Cup doubles game on Friday.
Federer, who will retire from tennis after this week’s Laver Cup, had confirmed that he would only play one doubles match at London’s O2 Arena on Friday, the last act of his long, decorated career.
Federer will play competitively for the last time at this week's Laver Cup, turning out for Team Europe alongside Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic - the three biggest rivals of his glittering 24-year career.
The order of play released by the organisers for the opening day of the tournament showed Federer and Nadal will play the last match of the evening at London's O2 Arena against the American pair of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
"For as long as we battled together, having always had this respect for one another our families, our coaching teams we always got along really well," Federer had told reporters when asked about the possibility of playing alongside the Spaniard.
"To go through the careers that we both have had, to come out the other side and being able to have a nice relationship, I think, is maybe a great message as well to not just tennis, but sports beyond it.
"For that reason, I think it would be great. I don't know if it’s going to happen, but I think it could be obviously a special moment."
Federer announced that he will be stepping away from the sport in a lengthy statement. The former World No.1 said that while he was looking at regaining form, his body sent him a different message.
Nadal was one of the many to comment on Federer's retirement saying that he wished that this day would never come in a heartfelt message to the Swiss star.
"Dear Roger, my friend and rival. I wish this day would have never come. It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court," Nadal wrote in a post on social media.