Andy Murray (from left), Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after a practice session.© AFP
20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will hit the tennis court for the last time as a professional tennis player on Friday, teaming up with longtime rival Rafael Nadal for Team Europe in the Laver Cup. In addition to Federer and Nadal, Team Europe has other top players, including 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and former world No. 1 Andy Murray. Before Federer and Nadal’s men’s doubles match, Djokovic and Murray also trained with the legendary duo.
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Federer will play his final match on the ATP Tour on Friday alongside longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal. It is important to note that Federer and Nadal also competed in the Laver Cup in 2017.
Federer and Nadal will play Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe on Friday.
Nadal (22), Djokovic (21), Federer (20) and Murray (3) have won 66 Grand Slams between them.
Federer, due to a knee injury, has not played since the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2021 and last week announced his retirement at the age of 41.
The Swiss great has been up against Nadal for almost two decades and together they have won 42 Grand Slam singles titles in the golden era for men’s content.
The pair have played 40 times, including in nine Grand Slam finals, with Nadal holding a 24-16 win record, but this time they will be on the same side of the net in the Ryder Cup-style event.
The European group of six also includes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – the other two members of the so-called “Big Four” – in a climax befitting Federer’s career.
(With AFP input)
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