Rafael Nadal makes friend/rival Federer’s wish come true with a double match

Rafael Nadal makes friend/rival Federer’s wish come true with a double match
Rafael Nadal makes friend/rival Federer’s wish come true with a double match

TENNIS – The Spanish top tennis player Rafael Nadal fulfills the great wish of the departing Swiss Roger Federer by playing a double match with his friend but also rival. Federer recently announced that he was retiring from his professional tennis career and had one more wish: to play a match with Nadal.

And that happens on Friday September 23 from 8 p.m (7 p.m. UK time) during the Laver Cup . Roger Federer will compete in a doubles match with Rafael Nadal play against Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. The match will be played at the O2 stadium in London. Federer and Nadal are Team Europe players along with Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Andy Murray, Matteo Berrettini and captains Björn Borg and Thomas Enqvist.

All eyes will not be on Nadal, Murray or Djokovic but on Roger Federer who, after a career spanning more than 20 years, will put his tennis rackets and shoes in the closet, at least at a professional level. While in Spain people are convinced that their Nadal is the best tennis player of all time, other great players such as Andre Agassi, Björn Borg, Boris Becker, Tim Henman, John McEnroe and Jacques Rogge Federer consider the greatest player of all time. Federer was the number 1 in the world for 310 weeks. This was a record until Djokovic broke it on March 8, 2021. In addition, he was No. 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks between February 2, 2004 and August 17, 2008, after which Nadal relieved him.

The Laver Cup is a tennis tournament named after the Australian tennis player Rod Laver, which is played on a hard court. Two teams made up of male tennis players, Team Europe (blue) and Team World (red), play multiple matches against each other over a three-day period. Team World consists of non-European players. The teams of six players are led by a former tennis player who takes on the role of captain. Each captain may select two players; the remaining eight participants qualify based on their ranking on the ATP Rankings.

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