Roger Federer in farewell game with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in action

Roger Federer in farewell game with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in action

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roger federer last live match laver cup 2022 nadal murray – AP

6:30 pm

Great rivals became great friends

Nicknamed ‘Fedal’, Federer and Nadal have a legit bromance together. And it’s fitting that Federer’s final match as a professional tennis player is with the man he shared so many special moments with on a tennis court.

It’s a different kind of pressure. After all the amazing things we’ve shared on and off the court, being a part of this historic moment will be something incredible, unforgettable for me. I hope I have a good chance of playing at a decent level, and I hope that together we can create a good moment and maybe win a match. So let’s see.

Of course, being on the court, having Roger by my side once again will be something I’m really looking forward to. I’m very happy for this. It will be difficult to handle everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. For me too. You know, in the end, one of the most important players, if not the most important player, in my tennis career is leaving. I will try to do my best in every way to help make this moment even more special than it will be.”

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roger federer last live match laver cup 2022 nadal murray – SHUTTERSTOCK

5:56 pm

Andy Murray starts night session

Andy Murray returns to the O2 for the first time since winning the 2016 ATP Finals. He will open the evening session for Europe against world champion Alex de Minaur.

De Minaur won the last encounter in 2019 and the Australian, dubbed the Speed ​​Demon, will be a tough test for the Brit.

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roger federer last live match laver cup 2022 nadal murray – REUTERS

17:41

Who is in Team World?

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From left to right: John McEnroe, Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jack Sock, Diego Schwartzman, Taylor Fritz, Alex de Minaur and Patrick McEnroe

17:26

Who is on Team Europe?

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From left to right: Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Thomas Enqvist, Casper Ruud, Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Cameron Norrie

17:15

the fabulous four

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17:00

Roger Federer’s Farewell

By Simon Briggs

Roger Federer admitted that the realization that he would never win another Wimbledon title brought him to tears last summer.

The 41-year-old, who announced last week that he would retire after the Laver Cup, has revealed he went broke after losing to Felix Auger Aliassime in the lead-up to his final Wimbledon in 2021.

Feeding on the majesty of his loot, he could still advance and earn short points. But once his opponent gained the upper hand in a rally, he was no longer able to shuffle the balls back for very long.

“When I lost to Felix at Halle [in June 2021]I cried after the match [as] I knew I wouldn’t win Wimbledon,” Federer explained. “You get to a certain point where, against certain good-level players, you create a lot of moments of having to defend. [But] there is nothing left on defense. So I had to play more offensively and just try to fight my way through matches that way. ”

It might seem strange to imagine Federer – the men’s Wimbledon title holder – having to “clear a path” through matches, especially on grass. But if we look back at that 2021 Wimbledon, he needed a little help in his first round with the clumsy Adrian Mannarino, only advancing when Mannarino went down and twisted his knee while leading two sets to one.

After more encouraging wins over Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego, Federer’s singles career ended in the quarterfinals, where Pole Hubert Hurkacz stopped him in straight sets.

It is a testament to the cruelty of the sport that Federer walked away with a bagel set 6-0, just as Donald Bradman scored a duck in his final inning and Usain Bolt strained his hamstring in the 4x100m relay.

“The end of that match was one of the worst moments of my career because I felt so bad,” Federer said. “It’s over, the knee is gone, and knowing that I would have to face the media right away in a short time was really hard. But for me, it is what it is. You know you can’t go back in time and say, ‘Oh, we should have changed that.’

“And that’s why I’m so happy that on my left knee [which had undergone a similar operation four years earlier] I managed to come back and win three more slams, including that comeback win in 2017 in Australia.

“As I had a good experience with my left, I thought, ‘Okay, my right is a very similar surgery. We’ll do that and maybe I’ll have another chance. Look, it wasn’t meant to be, and obviously the last three years have been pretty tough. You deal with it. Going through rehab, daily progress is small, but I want to be healthy for life. So it was definitely worth it.”

Federer admitted that he regrets his decision to undergo surgery on his right knee in February 2020. As he told reporters at the O2 Arena this week, he has never regained the fluid movement he once had, despite most of his 18 months of rehabilitation.

“When I get back [from the 2020 Australian Open] I was so unhappy with my knee and I had been unhappy for several years,” Federer explained. “So maybe having this surgery, maybe I shouldn’t have done a retrospective. But maybe what could have happened is that I would have thrown it and I would have exploded at some point.

“At that moment, I was 100% convinced it was the right thing to do. I had the surgery, which was a success, and six weeks later I have to have another one because something is wrong again. I mean, those things that you just can’t predict. There’s always a risk when you open something. That’s why I’ve always said, ‘It’s the beginning of the end after you have the surgery.’

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