Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have confirmed they will be teaming up later this year for the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, to be held at The O2 in London from September 23-25, 2022.
The top two greatest tennis players in the history of sports have rolled back the years at Wimbledon and the greatest rerun of sw19’s final could be on the cards this Sunday.
Nadal created history recently where he defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final to claim a men’s record 21st major title and move one ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic who were both missing in Melbourne.
Almost nine years ago, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stepped on to Centre Court and played the final of all finals: a three-act epic across four hours and 48 minutes. It was, staggeringly, the last time the two greatest tennis players in history faced each other at Wimbledon and faced off.
The Spaniard, who played twice at the Laver Cup, paired with Federer for their first and only doubles match together at the inaugural edition of the event in Prague in 2017.
“The Laver Cup is such a unique event and I’ve loved competing in it,” said Nadal.
‘Roger has been a huge part of my career, a big rival and also a true friend. ‘I suggested to Roger we should play doubles together in London and he seems keen, so now we just need to persuade our captain Bjorn (Borg),’ said Nadal.
‘To be part of Team Europe together is great and if we’re able to possibly share the court one more time as a doubles pairing then this would be a truly special experience for us both at this stage in our careers.’
Federer has not played since being knocked out in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals following a third knee surgery, but aims to return by April or May.
‘I’m really looking forward to getting back into competition later this year and Laver Cup is very much part of my plan,’ Federer said of the tournament, which will be staged in London from September 23-25.
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