Roger Federer eyes dream pairing with Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup for farewell match | Tennis News

LONDON: Roger Federer said on Wednesday he wanted to team up with longtime rival Rafael Nadal for the final match of his career at the Cup of the tank in London.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner announced last week that he intended to retire after the tournament at London’s 02 Arena, which begins on Friday.
Federer, whose last competitive game was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz last year Wimbledon quarter-finals, suffers from a knee problem.
He will play doubles on Friday night but will not play a singles match in London.
The Swiss doesn’t yet know if he will be able to team up with Nadal but said it would be the dream scenario.
“Of course, without a doubt,” he told a crowded press conference. “I think it would be a pretty unique situation if that were to happen.
“As long as we fought together, there was always this respect for each other – our families, our coaching teams, we always got on really well.
“For us too, going through the careers that we both had and coming out the other side and being able to have a great relationship, I think maybe that’s also a great message not just for tennis and sport , but perhaps even beyond.
“For that reason, it would be great. I don’t know if it will happen, but it would be a special occasion.”
Nadal, who holds the record for Grand Slam titles with 22, Novak Djokovic, who has won 21, and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray are all part of the European squad.
Their opponents, Team World, include Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman.
Federer said he was happy to retire from playing at the age of 41, but admitted it was a “bittersweet decision”.
“You always want to play forever,” he said. “I like being on the pitch, I like playing against guys, traveling…I like my career from every angle.”

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