Federer will play his last match with Rafael Nadal

Juanxo Villaverde

Roger Federer He will say goodbye to tennis with Rafa Nadal as a doubles partner. The Swiss tennis player had already commented that he was excited to play his last game with the Spanish. This Thursday the doubles teams for day 1 of the Laver Cup were announced, where Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal will face Jack Sock and Frances Tifaoe.

“It’s super special to be able to play with Rafa. It’s a different feeling, to be able to go out on the court and have the opportunity to play with Rafa or Novak. So, for us to have the opportunity to do it one more time, it’s going to be wonderful.”Roger Federer commented.

The first date of the Laver Cup 2022, which is held at the O2 Arena in London and pits tennis players from Europe against a team from the rest of the world, will start with individual matches. In the first hour, Casper Rudd will face Jack Sock. Later, it will be the turn for Stefanos Tsitsipas against the Argentine, Diego Schwartzman.

The night session will start with the duel between the Briton, Andy Murray and Alex de Miñaur. After this match, the duel that the sports world will be waiting for will be played: Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. The last professional game of one of the best athletes of all time.

Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer already played together in the first edition of the Laver Cup in 2017, played in Prague, Czechia. In 2019 it was planned that they would play together again but an injury to his left wrist separated Rafa from the tournament.

“Being part of this historic moment is going to be unforgettable for me. I am very excited, I hope I can play well and create a good moment and win the match. Being by Roger’s side once again is something I look forward to and it makes me very happy”Nadal said at a press conference.

“I wanted people to be happy in my goodbye and not be telling me all the time how sorry they are. That it’s in London makes me happy because the US Open was scrapped when I saw Serena withdraw there. The city is one of the most special in my Wimbledon career.”commented Roger Federer on the fact of playing his last match in London.