London (APP) Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal On Friday, they will team up in doubles at the Lever Cup in what Federer has announced will be the final match of his long and illustrious career.
Federer, owner of 20 Grand Slam titles, and his longtime rival Nadal, owner of a men’s record 22 major championships. The US Open semi-finalists will pair up for Team Europe against the Team World duo of Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
The line-up for day one of the tournament, organized by Federer’s management company, was announced on Thursday.
The singles matches will be against two-time Grand Slam runner-up Casper Rodsock, and 2021 French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas against Diego Schwartzman during the day session, and three-time major champion Andy Murray-Alex in the night. Will be against De Manor. Federer-Nadal doubles match.
Federer, 41, is retiring after multiple operations on his right knee following the Liver Cup. He has not competed in singles or doubles since a quarter-final loss to Hubert Herkaz at Wimbledon in July 2021.
In February this year, when it emerged that Federer would be in London this week, he said Nadal had messaged him last year saying they would play doubles together again. They teamed up to win the doubles match during the first Laver Cup in 2017.
“If we could possibly share the court again as a doubles pair,” Nadal said in February, “it would be a really special experience for both of us at this stage in our careers.”
While Federer’s other contemporaries and stars of the game are on Team Europe, such as 21-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic and Murray, the Federer vs. Nadal match will go down in history as one of the greatest rivalries in tennis or any other sport. will
They played each other 40 times (Nadal won 26), with 14 Grand Slam matchups (Nadal won 10). Nadal came out on top in his classic 2008 Wimbledon final, considered the greatest match in history. Federer won his last match at the All England Club in the 2019 semifinals.
“It could be quite, I don’t know, a unique situation before it’s known for sure that he’ll be partnered with Nadal,” Federer said of the doubles pairing on Thursday. “For us, as well, to go through a career that we’ve both had and come out the other side and be able to have a good relationship, I think, is a great message, not just for tennis. But sports and perhaps beyond.
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