The two great rivals of the last fifteen years will be side by side to represent the European team against the American pair composed of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe who will represent the World team.
The 41-year-old Swiss, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, played his last game at London’s O2 Arena in the evening before ending one of the most prestigious careers in all sports.
Federer and Nadal wrote in 40 clashes (24 victory to 16 for the Spaniard), some of them legendary, the most exciting soap opera in the history of tennis.
But Federer, whose right knee injury has become insurmountable, announced last week that he would end his career after the Laver Cup, an exhibition he initiated and which opposes to a European team, sub-captain of Björn Borg, to a World team, sub-captain of John McEnroe.
“I’m preparing for a last double,” he announced on Wednesday, while his partner was not yet formalized.
“I’m obviously nervous not to have played for so long, I hope to be competitive,” he admitted, after a year and a half away from the courts trying to heal his knee.