Roger Federer competes with Rafael Nadal in the last match before retiring in the Laver Cup – live broadcast! | Tennis

Hello and welcome to the O2 Arena for the final match of Roger Federer’s storied career. The 41-year-old Swiss great, who hasn’t competed since a quarter-final loss at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021, announced last week that he’s walking away from professional tennis following a series of operations on his right knee that made his long-sought comeback to the men’s tour untenable.

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And so he’s bidding farewell tonight in London at the team event founded by his management company alongside his longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal. The twosome are due to compete for Team Europe against the Team World doubles pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

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It’s not the first time Federer and Nadal have featured on the same side of the court: they won a doubles match together in the first edition of the Laver Cup back in 2017. But they are far better known for their roles in one of the great rivalries in the history of sport. They’ve met a total of 40 times in singles (with Nadal winning 26), including 14 times at grand slam tournaments (with the Spaniard winning 10), none more memorable than their epochal showdown in the 2008 Wimbledon final.

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“I saw him playing on TV before I arrived on tour. I saw him having success on TV, and then (we were) able to create an amazing rivalry together,” Nadal said yesterday. “And on the other hand, something that probably we are very proud of is having a friendly rivalry. Tomorrow is going to be a special thing. Difficult. Going to be difficult to handle everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. But for me, too. At the end, one of the most important players – if not the most important player – in my tennis career is leaving.”

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Federer and Nadal will take the court after the conclusion of the night’s first fixture, a singles meeting between Team Europe’s Andy Murray and Team World’s Alex de Minaur that’s currently in the second set.

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main events

First set: Federer / Nadal 5-4 Sock / Tiafoe * (* indicates the next server)

The first pressure point in the match on Nadal’s racket 4-4, 30-30. An unforced backhand error makes the score 30-40, giving Sock and Tiafoe the chance to break the starting point in the match for both sides. But Federer and Nadal grabbed three quick points from there with the Swiss capped catching a sharp angle into the net.

First set: * Federer / Nadal 4-4 Sock / Tiafoe (* indicates the next server)

Another drama-free comment for Sock and we’re still serving on the opening match.

First set: Federer / Nadal 4-3 Sock / Tiafoe * (* indicates the next server)

Cheers “Let’s go Roger, let’s go!” Ring through the O2 Arena as Federer advances to the baseline on his second serve. He got a little stressed this time after an unintentional error pushed him to 40-30, then a second serve. But Nadal saved them with a shot into the net to tighten their grip. “It’s unbelievable when you don’t play twice as slow on the net,” says the Spaniard during the changeover.

rafa stressing out here 😅 pic.twitter.com/0NTXfpTKAK

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First set: * Federer / Nadal 3-3 Sock / Tiafoe (* indicates the next server)

Tiafoe navigates through another service game to keep up with the Federer-Nadal duo. There are no real moments of danger in any of the six matches so far.

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Roger Federer plays with a backhand kick during Friday’s game. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup

First set: Federer / Nadal 3-2 Sock / Tiafoe * (* indicates the next server)

Nadal holds the European team title. Federer overcame some early nerves and is firmly in the match. Elsewhere, New World has become No. 1 among the worldwide television viewers of millions.

Who’s watching @LaverCup? 👀 @rogerfederer 🥹

— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) September 23, 2022

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First set: * Federer / Nadal 2-2 Sock / Tiafoe (* indicates the next server)

Sock’s quick contract and all four players have held the inaugural service games.

First set: Federer / Nadal 2-1 Sock / Tiafoe * (* indicates the next server)

Federer kept comfortably in the opening match despite losing a point as he managed to hit the ball through this gap between the net and the post. Even at the age of 41, he do things not seen before.

Federer hitting the ball through the gap between the net and the net post. Never seen that one before. pic.twitter.com/qCXBBxRhGN

— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 23, 2022

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First set: * Federer / Nadal 1-1 Sock / Tiafoe (* indicates the next server)

Sock and Tiafoe cruise into a stress-free fist in the inaugural service game. Tiafoe, after starting his inspirational run to the US Open semi-finals which included his best career win over Nadal in the fourth round, is punctuated by a booming ace.

First set: Federer / Nadal 1-0 Sock / Tiafoe * (* indicates the next server)

Nadal is the first to serve and starts with a double fault. The ball was called but Tiafoe’s challenge turned it around. Federer then hit a winning ball with a forehand into the net early in a 15-man career, drawing another applause. It might be a long night at this rate. Nadal makes it 30-15 with a pointed backhand shot in the alley before holding out after two fouls by the Sock/Tiafoe team. An arranged contract for fan favorites after a double-fault in the start.

Federer and Nadal just got out of the tunnel to a long standing ovation in the crowded O2 arena. They are followed by the coach of Team Europe Bjorn Borg. They have now taken the field due to their warm-up commercial shots with American pair Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe (who She shared the court with Nadal not long ago).

Two minutes to go.

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Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of Team World and Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer of Team Europe pose for a photo before the doubles match. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup

salute to her streamed from all over the world In the eight days since Federer announced his retirement. The great German footballer Philipp Lahm added to the pile with This column is studied In the Guardian today.

Federer’s career path is a stark contrast to the present. In professional times, young athletes are often treated as investments – especially in sports where there is a lot to gain, such as tennis. At a young age, they are sent to academies and camps, which are factories of talent. Biographies of athletes are increasingly being created outside the federation, and outside the community. They are privatized.

The sports entertainment industry views talent as a resource and a capital investment. Once a talent is identified, it becomes a project. Take it out of the structures, do your own thing. The goal of the athlete is no longer to give back to society, but to improve profit and build a business.

As more and more people imitate this, many end up falling by the wayside. Talent is a rare gift. This is how sport distances itself from society. If it is no longer a part of it, it loses its charm and credibility.

On Friday, the world could marvel at Federer’s genius for the last time. It’s time to feel nostalgic. Many Federer moments come to mind. I often think of the spring of 2017, when he re-emerged after several injuries. He won Indian Wells and Miami. In Australia, he beat Nadal in the fifth set despite being behind.

That was the time I ended my career. I was glad Federer kept going and I watched all his matches then – it was a great hobby. He has proven his strength to everyone once again. This is how I will remember Roger Federer.

Federer and Nadal alternated between the courts with the rest of their Team Europe teammates and backstage during the Murray de Minaur match.

Federer and Nadal are *this* invested in Murray’s fate as they prepare for their doubles match. #LaverCup pic.twitter.com/RkaYliOmqu

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No longer now. Players should be on the court to enjoy the night’s allure momentarily.

Alex de Minaur beat Andy Murray 5-7, 6-3, 7-10 in the first to 10 tiebreak. It was a bit slow start, but had a very high quality over the past half hour. Fighting from a group, the 23-year-old Australian provided a much-needed point for Team World, who didn’t want to fall into a 3-0 hole just outside the gate.

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Team Europe interacts during Andy Murray’s match against Team World’s Alex de Minaur on Friday night at the O2 Arena in London. Photo: Andrew Bowers/Action Images/Reuters

A quick revamp of the Laver Cup look and where things stand before the Night’s Cup tonight. A three-day team-based event designed to be the golf equivalent of the Ryder Cup, the competition consists of three singles and one doubles match per day. One point is awarded for every win on day one, two points for every win on day two, and three points for every win on day three.

Team Europe has won all four editions so far, although the title was decided in the twelfth and final match on two occasions. Federer won the cup in 2017, and Alexander Zverev did the same in 2019.

The Europeans are already 2-0 up in this year’s event with Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas winning in this afternoon’s session over Jack Sock and Diego Schwartzman respectively.

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Team Europe, left, and Team World meet in London for the fifth edition of the Laver Cup. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images for the Laver Cup

Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic are playing together for the first time in Team Europe. The Big Three, as they are widely known, have combined to win 63 of the last 77 Grand Slams (Nadal 22, Djokovic 21, Federer 20).

De Minaur just got the second set in his ongoing match with Murray. According to the rules, the match will be decided by a 10-point tiebreak rather than the full third set, which means tonight’s main event must be off before the end of the hour.

an introduction

Hello and welcome to the O2 Arena for the final match of Roger Federer’s famous career. The 41-year-old Swiss, who has not competed since losing his quarter-finals at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021, announced last week that He’s moving away from professional tennis After a series of operations on his right knee made his long-awaited return to the men’s tour unacceptable.

And so he bids farewell tonight in London for the team event founded by his management company along with his long-time rival and friend. Rafael Nadal. The duo is set to compete for Team Europe against Team World Doubles Team of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

This isn’t the first time Federer and Nadal have played on the same side of the field: they won a doubles match together in the first edition of the Laver Cup in 2017. But they are best known for their roles in one of the greatest. competitions in sports history. They have met a total of 40 times in singles (with Nadal winning 26 times), including 14 times in Grand Slam tournaments (where the Spaniard won 10), nothing is more memorable than their historical encounter In the 2008 Wimbledon final.

“I saw him playing on TV before I arrived on tour. I saw him succeed on TV, and then (we managed) to create an amazing competition together,” Nadal said yesterday. “And on the other hand, the thing that we are probably very proud of is having a friendly competition. Tomorrow it will be something special. Tough. It will become difficult to deal with everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. But for me too. In the end, one of the most important players – if not the most important player – in my tennis career is to leave.”

“The most important player in my career”: Nadal on Federer’s retirement – video

Federer and Nadal will face the field after the end of the first game of the night, a one-on-one meeting between Team Europe’s Andy Murray and Alex de Minaur of Team World. Currently in the second group.

Brian will be here soon. In the meantime Here’s Tomini Karayole’s look To Swansong Federer tonight in London.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Andy Murray – a group of the three greatest men’s tennis players of all time and the four defining competitors of the generation – came together tightly at their Laver Cup press conference on Thursday, when they all met for the last time as professionals.

As they recall their old matches and laugh about shared memories, glorious or devastating depending on perspective, Federer enters: “Sit here, it’s good to go first from the players,” he said with a smile. “It feels right.”

This latest chapter in Federer’s career is bleak in many ways. Despite his reputation for avoiding serious injury during his career, his later years She was devastated by physical problems. Unlike Serena Williams and Federer’s recent intense competitive departure, he can’t trust his knee to last more than a short doubles match. In his final match alongside Nadal, his European teammate, he will enter the O2 arena against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock on Friday night in hopes of competing at a respectable level.

But the conditions are right. He will be faced by three of the toughest opponents of his life, the players who have defined the past decade and a half of tennis with him, and propelled him forward in many ways. Between them, they won 66 Grand Slam titles, faced each other 234 times and spent 933 weeks in the top position. For more than a decade, they have packed the later stages of every major event and prevented nearly all others from succeeding.

“Tomorrow will be something special,” Nadal said. “I think it’s very difficult. It will be difficult to deal with everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. Me too. In the end, one of the most important players, if not the most important player in my tennis career, is leaving, right?”

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