Roger Federer says playing final doubles match with Rafael Nadal would be the 'most beautiful thing'

Swedish tennis legend Roger Federer is stepping onto the court one last time at the Laver Cup prior to retiring. Federer will not be contending in songs, however he does have a particular want his last doubles match: to play together with long time competitor and good friend Rafael Nadal.

“It is clear that the most beautiful thing would be to play doubles here with Nadal because it has been my great rivalry.” Federer stated throughout his media accessibility in London ahead of the competitors. 

The Laver Cup is an unique competitors for Federer, as he assisted produce it in 2017 to honor the tennis fantastic Rod Laver. The occasion includes the leading 6 male gamers from Europe versus the leading 6 gamers from the remainder of the world. Whether he has fun with Nadal this weekend is yet to be seen, as the lineup will formally be revealed Thursday. 

Even though the Spanish veteran Nadal has actually been among Federer’s most tough challengers through his profession, there is shared regard and adoration in between them. When Federer initially revealed his retirement, Nadal stated he was unfortunate to see Federer leave the sport, however that it had actually been an “honor and privilege” to share the court with him which he understood this was not completion of their relationship.

Federer has actually had among the very best professions in the history of the sport. His 20 Grand Slam titles are 3rd most all-time, simply behind Nadal’s 22 and Novak Djokovic’s 21. Both Federer and Djokovic missed out on the United States Open a couple of weeks back, however all 3 stars will remain in London this coming weekend to assist Team Europe defeat Team World for the 5th successive year. 

One of Federer’s primary factors for leaving this year is his continuous problems with injuries. The prepare for his doubles competitors is that Italian 26-year-old Matteo Berrettini will be the on-site alternate and take his location if required. Players are generally needed to play in a minimum of one songs match, however an exception was produced Federer after he spoke to European captain Bjorn Borg and the ATP.

“Of course this is an event, an ATP event that I don’t want to mess with,” Federer stated. “I asked Bjorn if it was okay if I play maybe just one doubles… Then I guess Matteo would come in for me and have to play on Saturday for me.”

Federer is currently in the city socializing with a few of his colleagues. Djokovic and Berrettini got their head in the video game immediately and shared an easy going video while “scouting” Team World. Nadal has actually not gotten here yet, so he asked to await him. 

During journalism conference in London today, Federer spent some time to recollect about the start of his journey and how he shattered his own expectations. Federer invested an overall of 310 weeks as the world No. 1, consisting of a record of 237 successive weeks. 

“When you have a vision of being a champion, you see yourself winning one tournament or maybe becoming world No. 1, but not many, many times in a row, or staying there for as long as I did,” Federer stated. “That was definitely very special.”

The Laver Cup is happening in London at the indoor difficult courts of the O2 Arena from Sept. 23-25.

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