Roger Federer will join longtime rival Rafael Nadal for the final match of his glittering career, Laver Cup organizers announced on Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play doubles against the Spaniard, who has won 22 majors, at the O2 Arena in London on Friday. Federer, whose most recent match was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year, is struggling with a knee problem and will not be competing in singles in London. The Laver Cup is a team competition between Team Europe and Team World.
Europe’s strong six, captained by Bjorn Borg, also includes 21-time champion Novak Djokovic and three-time champion Andy Murray.
Their opponents, Team World, were omitted by John McEnroe, including Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman.
Federer, 41, announced last week that he intends to retire after the three-day Laver Cup.
He said on Wednesday that ending his career by teaming up with Nadal would be his dream prospect.
Federer said he and Nadal, 36, have always respected each other even as they compete for the biggest titles in the sport.
“For us, going through a career that we’ve both had and going to the other side and maybe having a good relationship, I think could be a great message not just for tennis but sports and maybe even beyond,” he said.
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the first substitute for Europe, will replace Federer over the weekend.
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