Andy Murray (from left), Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after a training session.© AFP
20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will take to the tennis court for the last time as a professional player on Friday, teaming up with longtime rival Rafael Nadal for Team Europe at the LaVar Cup. Besides Federer and Nadal, Team Europe also has other top players, including 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and former world No. 1 Andy Murray. Before Federer and Nadal’s men’s doubles game, Djokovic and Murray also trained with the legendary pair.
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Federer will play his final ATP Tour match on Friday against longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal. It is worth noting that Federer and Nadal also played in the Laver Cup in 2017.
Federer and Nadal will play against Jacques Sock and Frances Tiafo on Friday.
Nadal (22), Djokovic (21), Federer (20) and Murray (3) have won 66 Grand Slams between them.
Federer, troubled by a knee injury, hasn’t played since the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals and announced his retirement last week at the age of 41.
The Swiss great has enjoyed a longstanding rivalry with Nadal spanning nearly two decades and together they have won 42 Grand Slam singles titles in a golden era for the men’s sport.
The pair played 40 times, including nine Grand Slam finals, with Nadal winning a record 24–16, but this time they would be on the same side of the net in a Ryder Cup-style event.
The six-strong Team Europe also featured Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray – the other two members of the so-called “Big Four” – in a fitting climax for Federer’s career.
(with AFP input)
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