Tennis: "An honor": Federer to say goodbye to Nadal


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"An honor": Federer to say goodbye to Nadal

Roger Federer (l) and Rafael Nadal from Team Europa sit next to each other at a press conference ahead of the 2022 Laver Cup.  Photo:

Roger Federer (l) and Rafael Nadal from Team Europa sit next to each other at a press conference ahead of the 2022 Laver Cup. photo

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Tennis star Roger Federer gets his big farewell wish fulfilled: As hoped, the Swiss player can compete with his long-time rival Rafael Nadal from Spain in doubles for Team Europe at the Laver Cup in London on Friday.

tennis star Roger Federer gets his big farewell wish fulfilled: As hoped, the Swiss can compete in doubles for Team Europe with his long-time rival Rafael Nadal from Spain at the Laver Cup in London on Friday.

This is evident from the published statement. The duel with the Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in the night session will be the last official match in Federer's unique career.

"Tomorrow night. My last match. Doubles with Rafael Nadal", Federer wrote on Twitter and provided his message with a muscle arm and a red heart. Nadal replied to his former competitor just a few minutes later: "An honor and a real pleasure."

Many high-class duels

Federer had wanted Nadal, with whom he had fought many high-class duels over the past few years, as a doubles partner. It would be "a very special situation if it came to that," said the 41-year-old. With 20 Grand Slam tournament wins, Federer has two fewer than record holder Nadal. Federer announced last week that he wanted to end his career after three knee surgeries after the Laver Cup.

On Thursday, Federer and Nadal were already training together on Center Court in the London Arena. The world-class duo played against Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in front of around 10,000 spectators. The quartet, which had dominated world tennis for years, delighted the fans, and Federer in particular was repeatedly celebrated with ovations.

At the tournament in London a European team competes against a selection of players from the rest of the world from Friday to Sunday. The Norwegian US Open finalist Casper Ruud will start against Sock, then Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) and Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) will compete. British tennis star Andy Murray and Alex de Minaur from Australia face off immediately before the doubles.

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