Roger Federer will workforce up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal for the ultimate match of his glittering profession, Laver Cup organisers introduced on Thursday.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play doubles with the Spaniard, who has received 22 majors, on the O2 area in London on Friday.
Federer, whose most up-to-date aggressive match was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz in final yr’s Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been scuffling with a knee drawback and won’t play singles in London.
The Laver Cup is a workforce competitors that pits Staff Europe towards Staff World.
The six-strong European workforce, captained by Bjorn Borg, additionally consists of 21-time main winner Novak Djokovic and three-time main winner Andy Murray.
Their opponents, Staff World, skippered by John McEnroe, embody Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman.
Federer, 41, introduced final week he supposed to retire after the three-day Laver Cup.
He stated on Wednesday that ending his profession by teaming up with Nadal can be his dream state of affairs.
Federer stated he and Nadal, 36, had all the time maintained respect for one another whilst they vied for the most important trophies within the sport.
“For us as properly to undergo a profession that we each have had and to come back out on the opposite aspect and with the ability to have a pleasant relationship I believe is possibly an amazing message as properly to not simply tennis however sports activities and possibly even past,” he stated.
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the primary alternate for Europe, will take Federer’s place over the weekend.