Laver Cup stay updates — Roger Federer performs doubles with Rafael Nadal in his last match earlier than retirement

LONDON — After 24 years on the ATP Tour, with 20 Grand Slam titles and 103 event wins worldwide to his title, Roger Federer will play his last skilled match on Friday evening, when he companions together with his previous rival Rafael Nadal in doubles on the fifth version of the Laver Cup.

The occasion, created by Federer and his agent, Tony Godsick, pits groups of six gamers towards one another. Alongside Federer and Nadal on Staff Europe can be Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — the primary time the Massive 4 have all performed on the Laver Cup on the similar time. We’ll have stay updates all through Federer’s last match:

On to the tiebreak

It’s important to give it to the Individuals Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe — they play an outstanding tiebreak to take the second set. Federer’s last match can be determined in a 10-point tiebreaker. — Simon Cambers

First set to Federer and Nadal

A lot of the pleasure has come on the changeovers — particularly when one man eliminated about 10 shirts to the sound of Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony.”

The primary break level of the match goes to Staff World on the Nadal serve, however Federer places away a straightforward smash, after which two factors later, he nails a volley to remain in entrance at 5-4. Then Federer nails two groundstrokes to interrupt and take the primary set 6-4. — Simon Cambers

The wildest level but

I wager even Federer has not performed this earlier than: At 1-1, 40-15 on his serve, he by some means hits the ball via a tiny gap within the web on a passing shot. He loses the purpose however duly holds serve anyway. Does he actually must retire?

“My eye is still good. I saw it went through,” he stated after.

On the changeover, the massive video display screen is displaying tributes from his rivals and household. Will probably be actually troublesome for Federer to get via this with out completely breaking down in tears.

It is not a carnival environment — when Staff World wins factors there’s a ripple of applause — however the crowd comes alive each time Federer and Nadal do something. Let’s not overlook they’ve every received Olympic gold medals in doubles: Federer with Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and Nadal with Marc Lopez in 2016. This may not be straightforward for Sock and Tiafoe. — Simon Cambers

Lastly, it begins

The primary evening match lasted a bit longer than anticipated, as Alex de Minaur lastly bested Murray after nearly 2½ hours, however we at the moment are prepared for Federer’s final match. Celebrities are in the home: Rod Laver, in fact, plus Anna Wintour, Bear Grylls, Stan Smith and Hugh Grant, amongst others we’re certain. Stefan Edberg does the coin toss — he coached Federer for 2 years.

Each shot that Federer hits, not to mention when it is a winner, is being met with deafening roars. He stated he wished it to be a celebration — and it’s. — Simon Cambers

Ready to start out

As a result of prolonged battle between Murray and de Minaur within the first match of the evening — the primary set alone lasted 81 minutes — Federer and Nadal needed to wait longer than anticipated to take the court docket. Whereas that delay probably took an emotional toll on Federer, it did present a possibility for some actually epic moments between the 2 legends as they watched collectively from backstage and reacted accordingly. — D’Arcy Maine

Prepping for the final time

The historical past of #TeamFedal

Whereas Federer and Nadal have shared the court docket many instances over time, that is simply their second time enjoying doubles collectively. They first paired up on the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017, dealing with Sock, as they are going to on Friday, and Sam Querrey.

On the time, Federer and Nadal had practiced collectively throughout their careers simply as soon as — one thing Federer revealed in the course of the occasion. Every had additionally performed (and received) their singles matches earlier within the day, however the duo unsurprisingly nonetheless received the match, 6-4, 1-6, 10-5. There have been in fact many highlight-worthy factors, and much more laughs, high-fives and gif-worthy celebrations.

After the match, Nadal stated the partnership was one thing he had wished for a very long time.

“To have the possibility to have Roger next to me is a huge privilege, and something I wanted to make happen at some point,” Nadal stated. “Today was the ideal day to make that happen, no?” — D’Arcy Maine

Federer’s farewell

Final week, Federer introduced his choice to retire from tennis, after confirming that his restoration from proper knee surgical procedure, in 2021, had not been nearly as good as he had hoped.

It brings an finish to the profession of one of many all-time greats of males’s tennis. Federer received eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Opens, 5 US Opens and one French Open title, dominating males’s tennis for a few years.

The 41-year-old, who says he hopes to play exhibition matches sooner or later and has promised to remain near tennis, stated on Thursday he was trying ahead to enjoying with Nadal, a person whom he confronted on 40 events, together with 9 Grand Slam finals.

“Of course it’s super-special playing with Rafa,” Federer stated. “It feels really different. Walking out on court and having the chance to play with the likes of Rafa or Novak in the past has been an amazing experience for me. To be able to do that one more time, I’m sure it’s going to be wonderful. I’ll try my very best. I hope to be good out there. Of course I will enjoy it, but it will be hard.”

Nadal stated he cannot wait.

“After all we shared together on and off the court, to be part of this historic moment is going to be something amazing, unforgettable for me,” he stated. — Simon Cambers

The Massive 4 collectively

For the primary time, the Laver Cup brings collectively Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.

The quartet have received 66 Grand Slam titles and 329 tournaments amongst them, and performed out quite a few Grand Slam finals.

Federer stated having them on his aspect was a pleasant change.

“I am super excited to have them on our team, my team and not having to play against them, in my last match,” he stated.

Murray, scheduled to play on Friday earlier than Federer and Nadal’s doubles match, agreed.

“I think the atmosphere is going to be incredible,” he stated, “Playing in the night session before Roger and Rafa is going to be really special.” — Simon Cambers

Can Staff World break via?

Staff Europe, captained by Bjorn Borg, have received all 4 earlier editions towards Staff World, captained by John McEnroe.

Although the 2019 match noticed Staff Europe win 13-11, Europe routed Staff World 14-1 final yr and go into the match as large favorites once more.

McEnroe is aware of he is underneath strain to carry out however says there could also be a window of alternative, with the likes of Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime in his line-up.

“Bjorn’s got a dream team, but you’ve got Roger announcing his retirement, Andy struggling to get back to as healthy as before and Rafa’s wife back at home expecting a baby, so that gives us some hope,” McEnroe instructed the London Night Commonplace newspaper. — Simon Cambers

Laver Cup 101

Every day consists of 4 matches — three singles and one doubles — and every win earns one level on Friday, two factors on Saturday and three factors on Sunday. The primary group to 13 factors wins the competitors and if it is tied at 12-12, a deciding fifth match can be performed.

Every match is one of the best of three units, although the third set is a 10-point tiebreak. — Simon Cambers