Roger Federer: 20-time grand slam champion set to play ‘particular’ last match of profession on Friday with Rafael Nadal

And on Thursday, it was introduced the Swiss star would companion with Nadal, 18 years on from after they first confronted one another on the ATP Tour in Miami.

The pair have met 40 instances over the course of their careers — together with 9 grand slam finals — and likewise performed collectively on the 2017 Laver Cup.

“For as long as we battled together, having always had this respect for one another — our families, our coaching teams — we always got along really well,” Federer advised reporters on Wednesday when requested about the potential of enjoying alongside the Spaniard.

“To go through the careers that we both have had, to come out the other side and being able to have a nice relationship, I think, is maybe a great message as well — to not just tennis, but sports beyond it.

“For that purpose, I feel it might be nice. I do not know if it will occur, however I feel it may very well be clearly a particular second.”

Federer and Nadal will face American pair Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe on the first day of the Laver Cup on Friday.

Federer said he had to obtain permission from Team Europe captain Björn Borg and tournament organizers to play in just one doubles match at the Laver Cup this week.

The competition sees teams from Europe and the rest of the world go head-to-head in nine singles and three doubles matches over the course of three days.

“Right here I’m attempting to organize for one final doubles,” said Federer. “We’ll see who it’s with. I am nervous moving into as a result of I have never performed in so lengthy. I hope I may be considerably aggressive.”

The 41-year-old has undergone multiple knee surgeries in recent years with his last outing a straight-sets defeat against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year.

He said he had still planned to make a return to the sport next year as recently as two months ago before arriving at the decision to retire.

Federer addresses the media in London ahead of the final match of his professional career.

“I simply wished to let the followers know I will not be a ghost,” Federer said when asked how he would remain involved in tennis after retirement.

“I really feel that tennis has given me an excessive amount of, I have been across the sport for too lengthy, fallen in love with too many issues.

“I love seeing people again and that’s kind of what I wanted to let the fans know — that you’ll see me again … What it could be, in what capacity, I don’t know. I still have to think about it a little bit and give myself time.”

Among the many many accolades of his tennis profession, Federer gained 103 singles titles and 20 grand slam titles — a tally second to solely Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) within the males’s all-time record.

He turned the oldest ever world No. 1 on the age of 36 and likewise spent a file 237 consecutive weeks on the prime of the world rankings between 2004 and 2008.