What was an open secret is now official. Rafa Nadal will partner Roger Federer in the Laver Cup doubles match this Friday, which will be the last meeting of the Swiss’s career. The Swiss tennis player had announced his retirement after this tournament and on Wednesday, at the press conference prior to the big event, he confirmed that he would only play the doubles match on the first day and would like it to be with his great rival and friend , Rafael Nadal.
“It is clear that the nicest thing would be to play doubles here with Nadal because it has been my great rivalry”, Roger commented in the preview of the match that will pit Europe against the team from the rest of the world. After these statements, everything indicated that the current number three in the ATP ranking would be his partner in this last dance. It was not the first time that he had dropped the idea of playing with Nadal, he already commented on it in an interview on Tuesday where he recognized that “it would be an absolute dream.”
Almost 24 hours later, the Making Cup has published the line-up for the opening day of the tournament this Friday at the O2 Arena in London and it has been confirmed that Nadal and Federer will put the finishing touch to the day, together, in the doubles match. After 40 clashes, 24 of them in finals, and a balance of 26 to 14 for the Spaniard, two of the greatest tennis players in history will come together again for the Swiss’ last dance.
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Nadal y Federer they shared a rivalry for more than 15 years, until injuries forced Roger to hang up his racket. The Swiss’s dream was to play his last game alongside the person who has given him so many headaches during his career and who has been his greatest rival, and it will be so.
The Spaniard and the Swiss already played together in this tournament in 2017. That day they beat Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in three sets 6-4, 1-6 and 10-5. This time they will face Jack Sock y Frances Tiafoe, Nadal’s executioner at the US Open. It will be the fourth and last match of the day, the second of the night session that starts at 8:00 p.m. In fact, there are no more tickets left for that session, they are all sold out and can only be purchased through resale. Nobody wants to miss the last dance of the Swiss master.