Emotional Roger Federer wishes he could ‘carry on forever’ as he prepares to retire from tennis
A historic night for tennis awaits in London when Roger Federer will bid farewell to the sport and play the final match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. Federer, who will go down as perhaps the greatest champion in tennis history, is set to retire from the sport at the age of 41 and the moment has brought the sport and its rivals together at the O2 Arena.
Federer’s wish to play his final match against his great rival Nadal was granted, creating a special occasion that sees Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also compete for Team Europe. They will take on Team World, led by John McEnroe, who have lost all four previous editions of the matchplay event.
Three singles matches will be played before tonight’s doubles. Casper Ruud takes on Jack Sock in the opening match, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas against Diego Schwartzman. Murray then meets Alex De Minaur before the world public focuses on Federer one last time and the Swiss ends his legendary career. Follow the live updates from Laver Cup opening day below:
Laver Cup 2022: The opponents Federer and Nadal look annoyed at the clash “beyond the icon”.
Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe are enjoying their roles as pantomime villains in Friday night’s ‘Beyond Iconic’ doubles showdown starring Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, partners his oldest rival Nadal at the Laver Cup in the last game of Swiss greatness in an illustrious 24-year career.
But Sock, more of a doubles specialist these days, and Tiafoe pose a serious challenge for the high-profile Team Europe duo.
Team World, led by John McEnroe, is still looking for their first win in the fifth edition of the event and Sock said: “I think we have a big opportunity.
“Obviously tomorrow night will be a more than iconic doubles game in the evening. I’m just thrilled to be a part of this with my guy Foe next to me.
“We will go out and enjoy the moment but not hold anything back. sorry roger I don’t want to spoil the night.”
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal opponents angered by ‘beyond icon’ clash
Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe meet the two tennis greats in Friday night’s Laver Cup doubles.
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:48 am
Laver Cup 2022: Nadal happy to play part in Federer’s ‘historic’ farewell
Rafael Nadal is used to pressure but even he will feel the nerves as he lines up alongside Roger Federer for the Swiss legend’s final game.
Federer will end his illustrious career by teaming with Nadal in doubles at the Laver Cup after Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg granted the 20-time Grand Slam champion his wish to compete alongside his oldest and greatest rival.
The ‘GOAT Dream Team’, with a total of 42 major titles, meets Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe from Team World at London’s 02 on Friday evening.
“It’s a different kind of pressure,” Nadal said. “After all the amazing things we’ve shared together on and off the pitch, there will be something amazing, unforgettable for me to be a part of this historic moment.
“I hope I have a good chance to play at a decent level and hopefully we can create a good moment together and maybe win a match. Let’s see.”
Nadal was delighted to play a role in Federer’s ‘historic’ Laver Cup farewell
The two tennis greats will compete side by side in doubles at the Laver Cup.
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:35 am
Laver Cup 2022: Federer believes the partnership with Nadal will send a strong message
Federer: “I think it could be a very, I don’t know, unique situation if it happened that we fought together for so long to always have this respect for each other, the families, our coaching teams, we always very well Roger that.
“Also for us to go through a career that we both had and come out on the other side and be able to have a nice relationship I think that’s maybe a great message as well, not just for tennis but for sports and maybe even beyond.
“That’s why I think it’s great. I think it could obviously be a special moment.”
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:31 am
Laver Cup 2022: Federer resigns as the greatest tennis champion
One last time Roger Federer will feel the knots in his stomach when he has to face the long wait before a big game. It’s not a feeling he’ll miss, but at least it’s one he doesn’t have to do alone. Federer’s retirement from tennis is a historic moment for a sport he helped define, but it won’t be the lonely experience he once feared. Instead, at the O2 Arena in London, the city that has been the “most special place” of his career, the Laver Cup will be the setting for a sport coming together to bid farewell to perhaps its greatest champion.
It fits, and a career defined by balance and grace will have a final chapter that strikes the right balance of competition and commemoration.
Roger Federer steps down as tennis’ greatest champion before final farewell
Federer is happy with his journey as he prepares for the final game of his career at the Laver Cup
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:25 am
Laver Cup 2022: What is today’s order of play?
Friday 23 September 2022
Game 1 – Casper Ruud vs Jack Sock
Game 2 – Stefanos Tsistipas vs. Deigo Schwartzman
Game 3 – Andy Murray vs. Alex De Minaur
Game 4 – Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal vs. Jack Sock/Frances Tiafoe
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:15 am
Laver Cup 2022: what are the teams?
1st deputy: Matteo Berrettini
2nd Deputy: Cameron Norrie
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:10 am
Laver Cup 2022: How will the tournament work?
Singles and doubles matches are played each day, with Friday matches counting one point, Saturday matches two and Sunday matches three.
Each player plays in at least one singles match during the first two days, but no player may play more than two singles matches during the three days.
At least four players on each team must play doubles, but no doubles combination can be used more than once.
Best of three sets will be played, but the third set is a 10-point match tiebreak if the first two sets are split.
The winning team is the first to reach 13 points. With 24 points available, a decider will be played in a 12-12 draw.
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:06 am
Laver Cup 2022: How to Watch Roger Federer’s Final
The tournament will be broadcast on Eurosport in the UK. It will also be available to stream online on Discovery Plus.
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:04 am
Laver Cup 2022: when does Federer play tonight?
Federer will play alongside his great rival Nadal in Friday night’s doubles match, which will come after Andy Murray’s match against Alex De Minaur.
The evening session starts at 7pm, so Federer and Nadal playing Sock and Tiafoe might play at the O2 Arena around 9pm local time – it could be a bit earlier or later though.
Jamie BraidwoodSep 23, 2022 11:02 am
Laver Cup 2022 LIVE: Good morning
Hello and welcome that of the independent Live coverage of the Laver Cup and the final game of Roger Federer’s career.
In London, Federer expects a historic night of tennis as he bids farewell to the sport and plays his final match alongside Rafael Nadal.
Federer, who will go down as perhaps the greatest champion in tennis history, is set to retire from the sport at the age of 41 and the moment has brought the sport and its rivals together at the O2 Arena.
Federer’s wish to play his final match against his great rival Nadal was granted, creating a special occasion that sees Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also compete for Team Europe.
They will take on Team World, led by John McEnroe, who have lost all four previous editions of the matchplay event.
Jamie BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 11:00 am
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