At 41, Roger Federer will play the last match of his career with his “best enemy”, Rafael Nadal. Not as an opponent but as a teammate.
We would not have hoped for a better end to Roger Federer’s career. The Swiss tennis player is playing the last match of his career, today Friday, with his favorite opponent, Rafael Nadal. But this time, the two men will not be adversaries but rather doubles teammates on the first day of the Laver Cup. The two great rivals of the last fifteen years will be side by side to represent the European team against the American pair composed of Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe who will evolve in the World team. The Swiss tennis player had mentioned, last Wednesday, the possibility of playing as a team with the Spanish Matador, noting that “it could be a rather unique situation if that happens”.
“We fought for so long, but there was always this respect between us. Our families and our teams of coaches get along well too,” he said. “To have been able to maintain this good relationship is also a great message for the sport and beyond, and for that reason it would be great if that happened. It would be a really special moment,” he concluded. Federer, 41 and winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, will therefore play his last match in the evening at the O2 Arena in London, before ending one of the most prolific careers in international tennis.
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