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Tennis icon Roger Federer will play his final competitive match alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup on Friday 23 September 2022 in the evening session.

The match between the doubles combination of Nadal and Roger Federer will conclude the programme of action for the opening day of the team tournament from London.

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Roger Federer brings the curtain down

“We have always had a very easy and positive relationship since the beginning,” Nadal said.

“I don’t know, but since the beginning, I think the feelings have been positive. They have even grown in a better way over the years.

“In some way, when you have a rivalry like we have had, we have played exhibitions for our foundations, we have shared important moments in the history of this sport.

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“On court and off court we were together, on the council for a long time. So we were able to build this relationship in a very positive way.

“He has been a very positive example for everyone, and for me personally, without a doubt.

“It is a very sad moment, but that is how it is. That is life, and the only thing I wish him is the best. The best of the best with every single thing that he will do.

“He deserves it: healthy, family, success. Everything.”

Roger Federer
Former Wimbledon champions line Centre Court as Roger Federer is introduced during day seven of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Sunday July 3, 2022. Photo: EPA

Before that kicks off World No 2 Casper Ruud will get Europe’s defence of the Laver Cup underway from the O2 Arena in London at 13:00 BST.

Team World’s Diego Schwartzman will take the challenge to Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second match of the afternoon session at the O2 Arena in London.

The night session will open with a match between Andy Murray and Alex de Minaur.

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Friday’s main event will be the big doubles match that everyone wants to see with Nadal and Federer teaming up to take on Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.

Teams

Team Europe: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Matteo Berrettini (alternate)

Team World: Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe, Alex de Minaur, Jack Sock, Tommy Paul (alternate)

How to watch the Laver Cup

Viewers in South Africa can catch the action on SuperSport.

Laver Cup play starts at 14:00 SAST on Friday 23 September.

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