Roger Federer will play a dream doubles match with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London on Friday . The Swiss legend has announced his retirement at the age of 41 .
On Friday, Roger Federer will put an end to his remarkable career by playing a super special doubles match alongside longtime rival Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup in London.The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since the 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinals, being dogged by a knee injury, and last week announced his retirement at the age of 41.But for the final time, he will represent Team Europe at the Laver Cup, pairing up with Nadal in a dream doubles pairing against Team Worlds Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock at the O2 arena.In a golden age of mens tennis, the Swiss legend has enjoyed a long-running rivalry with the Spaniard for nearly two decades, and together they have won 42 Grand Slam singles titles.Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are among the other two members of the so-called Big Four in a six-strong Team Europe, giving them a fitting climax to Federers career.For the final two days of the three-day tournament, Italian Matteo Berrettini will take Federers place.Federer said at a packed press conference on Thursday that it would be something special to work with Rafa.You know, it feels completely different. I'm sure it would be a plus to do it again.I will do my best.I want to be good out there, and of course I will enjoy it, but it will be difficult.Nadal, who first played Federer on the ATP Tour in 2004, said he was looking forward to an unforgettable match alongside the Swiss. Federers' departure, according to Team World captain John McEnroe, would create a gap that would never be filled.It's beyond belief what he and the other two guys (Djokovic and Nadal) have done, he said.He doesn't need my help.He is in a good spot. We all know this.He adores the sport.In my book, he gained so much because of that.He loves it, too I am hoping that he will be around it in some way, shape, or form, and I believe he will. In a video shared on social media, he said, we had a great match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, and you took me down in a tough five-setter and I just remember walking off the court feeling like I had met my match.A true hero.I was surprised to learn that 20 years later, you'd have 20 majors, been number one for years, dominated our sport, and could do it all.On Friday, Norway's Casper Ruud will face Sock in the first match of the Laver Cup, before Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the second singles match.