IMAGE: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play the ultimate doubles match of the opening day on the O2 Arena in London. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images through Reuters
Swiss icon Roger Federer will carry the curtain down on his glittering profession by teaming up with nice rival Rafael Nadal on the Laver Cup on Friday.
The 41-year-old introduced final week that the team occasion being performed at London’s O2 Arena can be his final.
Federer’s suspect proper knee, the damage that pressured him to name time on a 24-year profession that included 20 Grand Slam singles titles and worldwide admiration, means he’ll characteristic in just one match on the three-day conflict between a Bjorn Borg-captained Europe and John McEnroe’s the Rest of the World.
But the very fact he’ll bow out for his final aggressive match with file 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal alongside him is a dream situation. They will tackle American duo Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in Friday’s final match.
“It’s going to be a special type of stress to be a part of this historic second,” Nadal, who has shared an epic career-long rivalry with Federer, instructed reporters.
“It’s going to be one thing superb and unforgettable for me. I’m tremendous excited. perhaps we will create a superb second and perhaps win the match.”
Federer reduce a relaxed determine as he sat together with his European team mates together with 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and three-time main winner Andy Murray.
He had mentioned earlier day that it will be stunning to play his final match on the identical aspect of the web as Spaniard Nadal and captain Borg, unsurprisingly, obliged.
“I’m unsure if I can deal with (all of the feelings) however I’ll attempt,” Federer, whose presence had followers flocking to observe observe periods on Thursday, mentioned.
“This one feels an entire lot totally different. I’m completely satisfied to have him on my team and never taking part in in opposition to him.
“To have the ability to do it another time, I’m positive it is going to be fantastic and I’ll attempt my perfect.”