This Friday, the Laver Cup will be the last opportunity to see Roger Federer play a professional match. And he will do it together with his friend and rival Rafael Nadal, who has come from Spain to make the farewell of one of the best tennis players in history sweeter and more special.
Federer’s last gala
Swiss and Spanish will pair up in a historic doubles match (not before 1:30 pm, ESPN2 TV), in which they will face Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
The rivals are the least of it, the important thing and what attracts and seduces the sport is the possibility of seeing Nadal and Federer together on a tennis court.
It will not be unprecedented, since both have already played a doubles, against Sock and Sam Querrey, at the starting gun of the Laver Cup, in the Prague 2017 edition.
“It will be super special to play with Rafa. That we have one last chance to do it is a wonderful thing.”Federer commented.
“Being part of this historic moment is going to be unforgettable for me. I’m very excited, I hope I can play well, create a good atmosphere and win the match. Being by Roger’s side once again is something I look forward to and it makes me very happy.”Nadal pointed out.
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The duel between Roger and Rafa will be the one that closes the first day of the Laver Cup.
Before the most anticipated match of the day, and of the entire tournament, the Norwegian Casper Ruud and Sock will start the contest between the European team and the Rest of the World.
They will be followed by clashes between the Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipás and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Then, that of the British Andy Murray and the Australian Alex de Miñaur.
The format of the tournament is unique in the circuit and consists of four games each day – from Friday to Sunday – in which each match won on Friday counts with one point, on Saturday with two points and on Sunday with three points.
The first team to reach thirteen points wins the competition. Europe, led by Bjorn Borg. Rest of the World, by John McEnroe.
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