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Roger Federer will play the last match of his career on Friday against Rafael Nadal in doubles on the first day of the Laver Cup, organizers announced on Thursday.
A legendary doubles team for one last match. Roger Federer, who declared on September 15 that he would end his career after the Laver Cup, will contest his last match with – and not against – Rafael Nadal on the first day of the tennis competition on Friday, announced the organizers Thursday, September 22.
“Being part of this historic moment will be unforgettable for me, I’m super excited,” Rafael Nadal said Thursday at a press conference.
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.
Aged 41, Roger Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, played his last match at the O2 Arena in London in the evening before ending one of the most prestigious careers in all sports.
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But the Swiss, whose right knee injury has become insurmountable, announced last week that he would end his career at the end of the Laver Cup, an exhibition he initiated and which will opposes a European team, sub-captain of Björn Borg, 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 having 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.