All eyes are on the Laver Cup over the subsequent few days following Roger Federer’s announcement that he could be retiring from tennis after affected by a long-term knee injury. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will probably be playing his last ever match alongside Rafael Nadal on Friday.
As soon because the news broke, ticket sales for the event soared through the roof – and people not in a position to attend the event are counting on coverage of Federer’s finale to capture a glimpse of greatness for only one last time.
Federer and Nadal will take to the court against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe at 8.30pm on the O2 in London, just over an hour after Andy Murray faces Australian star Alex De Minaur. Express Sport provides you with all the main points on watch the heavily anticipated match.
How you can watch
Within the UK, the Laver Cup is exclusively being shown on Eurosport – though it could possibly even be streamed on discovery+ online. Coverage of the event will kickstart at 12.30pm on Eurosport 1, with the opener starting just half-hour later when Casper Ruud takes on Jack Sock. The evening session, which features Federer’s match, will begin at 8.30pm.
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What has Nadal said about Federer’s retirement?
Federer and Nadal have enjoyed a fruitful relationship each on and off the court, with their quality performances pushing each other to enhance. The pair have faced one another on 40 occasions, with Nadal winning 24 of those bouts, and won 42 Grand Slams between them.
Federer’s retirement draws an in depth to their competitive rivalry, and the Spaniard is definitely sad to see his competitor conclude his profession. Talking to Eurosport, Nadal said: “Now we have all the time had a very simple and positive relationship for the reason that starting. I do not know, but for the reason that starting, I feel the sentiments have been positive. They’ve even grown in a greater way over time.
“Indirectly, when you’ve got a rivalry like we have now had, we have now played exhibitions for our foundations, we have now shared essential moments within the history of this sport. On court and off court we were together, on the council for a very long time. So we were in a position to construct this relationship in a really positive way. He has been a really positive example for everybody, and for me personally, no doubt.”
What’s next for Federer?
Federer has spoken openly about how difficult the choice was to retire from tennis, commenting on how he doesn’t want to completely walk away from something that he ‘loves’. Thus, the 41-year-old has hinted that he could head into coaching, though he isn’t entirely sure what the long run holds.
He explained: “I just desired to let the fans know I won’t be a ghost. I talked about (Europe captain) Bjorn Borg. I do not think he returned to Wimbledon for 25 years. I do not think I will be that guy and I feel tennis has given me an excessive amount of. I actually have been across the game for too long. Have fallen in love with too many things.
“I like seeing people again, and that is form of what I desired to let the fans know that you will see me again. Not only never again. Now what it might be, in what capability, I do not know. So I still must give it some thought a bit of bit but give myself time.”