Roger Federer will meet Rafael Nadal for the final Laver Cup doubles match


Federer (20) and Nadal (22) have won a total of 42 major titles

Roger Federer’s final match will see him play his old rival Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup doubles on Friday.

The pair will represent Team Europe against Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe at London’s 02 Arena.

Ahead of that match, Andy Murray will open the afternoon singles session against Alex de Minaur at 7pm BST.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, said last week he would retire at the singles event starting on Friday.

The 41-year-old Swiss said it would be “fantastic” to play alongside Spain’s Nadal, 36, who has 22 major titles.

“I’m not sure if I can handle everything, but I’ll try,” Federer said.

“This feels so different. I’m just happy to have him on my team and not play against him.”

Nadal said he was looking forward to an “unforgettable” match with his opponent.

“One of the most important players in my tennis career, if not the most important, is to leave,” said the Spaniard.

“Ultimately, this moment will be difficult. I’m very excited and grateful to play with him.”

Federer has struggled with a knee problem and does not feel able to play singles.

His last match was a defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Europe will host a world team at the three-day Laver Cup, with Italy’s Matteo Berrettini taking Federer’s place at the weekend.

In Friday’s daytime session, Norway’s Casper Ruud faces Sock and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in singles matches.

21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic is also in the European team, captained by Bjorn Bjorg, for the three-day event.

John McEnroe captains Team World, which also includes American Taylor Fritz and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Roger Federer takes a selfie with his Laver Cup teammates in London
Federer took a selfie with his teammates in London

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