Roger Federer is pairing up with Rafael Nadal as he plays the remaining ATP match of his profession at the Laver Cup on Friday as they constitute Team Europe. The draw, introduced Thursday, has them enjoying in opposition to Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock representing Team World.
The tournament is going down in London, which is similar town wherein Federer has registered 8 Wimbledon singles titles, an all-time males’s document. The 20-time Grand Slam champion mentioned he’ll handiest play one match, and that 26-year-old Matteo Berrettini from Italy will take his position for the remainder of the contest. This is due to Federer’s ongoing harm problems.
How to watch Federer/Nadal vs. Sock/Tiafoe
- Date: Sept. 23
- Time: *3:30 p.m. ET (following the realization of the prior match)
- Location: The O2 Arena in London
- Watch: Tennis Channel
- Stream: fuboTV (check out free of charge)
Friday may not be the primary time Nadal and Federer to find themselves at the identical facet of the courtroom. They performed in combination at the first actual Laver Cup in 2017, and Sock used to be additionally one in every of their fighters. Before that, they’d handiest practiced in combination as soon as, as a result of, as Federer mentioned again then, they have been “always and forever be rivals” so long as they have been each are lively.
During their 2017 press convention, Nadal mentioned that the inaugural Laver Cup used to be an “ideal” day to in any case play in combination. Now, it is exhausting to argue that the similar cannot be mentioned about Friday’s match.
On Thursday’s press convention, Nadal described their tennis courting as a “friendly rivalry” and mentioned seeing Federer go away may not be simple.
“Tomorrow is going to be a special thing,” Nadal mentioned. “I think a very difficult one. It’s going to be difficult to handle everything especially for Roger without a doubt, for me too. One of the most important players, if not the most important player in my tennis career is leaving. This moment is going to be difficult. Of course, I am super excited and grateful to play with him.”
In general, Federer and Nadal have met 40 instances over the path in their careers, 14 of the ones in Grand Slams. They gave lovers speedy classics such because the 2008 Wimbledon Final.
The 3rd member of the Big Three of fellows’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, can be collaborating this weekend. The Serbian veteran performed in opposition to Federer on 50 events. He mentioned he understands that this weekend is a contest, however that there is not any doubt Federer is a very powerful storyline on everybody’s thoughts.
“Most of us have watched and admired Rogers’ success and achievements… we will do our best to contribute to the team and have a good performance, but at the same time, marvel and celebrate his career because he deserves it in a great way,” Djokovic mentioned.
Federer and Nadal are set to play on Friday’s night time consultation, which starts at 2 p.m. ET. Their match is most likely to get started round 4 p.m. ET. The match might be to be had at the Tennis Channel.