Swiss tennis player Roger Federer confessed this Thursday that it is “wonderful” to return to the slopes, and do it together with Rafael Nadal in the doubles match Laver Cup this Friday is “super special”, an experience that he hopes to “enjoy”.
“Of course, it is super special to play with Rafa (Nadal),” admitted Federer in the press conference prior to the match against the Americans. Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe this Friday at the O2 in London starting at approximately 9:00 p.m. This is the last meeting of the four of the day and the second of the night session.
The Swiss, who announced his retirement after the Laver Cup last week, acknowledged that playing tennis again against such high-level rivals feels “really different”. “Just going out on the court and having the opportunity to play with players like Rafa or Novak (Djokovic) also in the past has been an incredible experience for me,” he deepened.
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“Being able to repeat that one more time, I’m sure it will be wonderful. I’ll do the best I can and I hope to be fine. And, of course, I’ll enjoy it, but it will be difficult,” he explained about the match he expects, in which he will form a couple of doubles with Rafa Nadal, with whom he already shared court in the 2017 edition of the Laver Cup.
Federer announced last Thursday his retirement from the circuit once the Laver Cup had been played, ending his professional career at the age of 41 and with 20 ‘great’ titles to his name. “The Laver Cup will be my last ATP event. I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not in ‘Grand Slams’ or on tour,” Federer reported on his social networks, after more than 1,500 matches in two and a half decades. in the circuit.
Rafael Nadalfor his part, assured that playing alongside Roger Federer, in his last professional game, it is something “unforgettable”.
The Balearic landed this Thursday in London for the dispute of the Laver Cupin which he will play a doubles match this Friday alongside Federer, who announced his retirement last week.
“I am very excited”
“It’s a different pressure after everything we’ve shared. Being part of this historic moment is going to be unforgettable for me. I’m very excited, I hope I can play well and create a good moment and win the match,” Nadal said at the conference. press.
“Being by Roger’s side once again is something I look forward to and it makes me very happy,” he added.
“Personal relationships are more important than professional ones. It will be difficult to manage everything, especially for Roger, but also for me. One of the most important players in my career and in history is leaving. I am grateful to be able to play with him, I can’t thank the rest of the team enough for waiting for me”.