Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had to skip this year's Laver Cup due to injuries, with both finishing the season much earlier than they expected. The 20-time Major winners are still eager to bounce back and play on a high level in 2022, and they are already making plans about the next year's Laver Cup.
Team Europe defeated Team World for the fourth time last weekend in Boston, with Nadal backing his teammates from Monte Carlo and Federer traveling to Boston to watch the matches live. Nadal wished to play alongside Federer at the fifth Laver Cup edition in London next year, and the Swiss was more than welcome to accept that.
Rafa and Roger shared the court once in the Laver Cup in the first edition in Prague in 2017, facing Jack Sock and Sam Querrey. The world's leading players fought for Team Europe on Saturday night and scored a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory over the Americans to send Team Europe 9-3 in front ahead of the remaining four encounters of Sunday's program.
Rafael nadal and Roger Federer plan to play Laver Cup in London next year.
The fabulous duo lost momentum in the second set, but they were super motivated to win this one, charging through the match tie break to bring the win home in their first doubles match together.
Sock and Querrey had their chances to spoil Federer's and Nadal's party, facing only one break chance in the entire clash (the one that cost them the opener) and creating nine break chances, seizing only two in the second set.
Both teams found the rhythm on serve initially, delivering six comfortable holds before Sock got broken at 3-3 to send Team Europe ahead. Nadal served to confirm the break in game eight, and he and Roger had to play against four break chances, staying calm and repelling them to cement the advantage.
Roger served out the opener in game ten for 6-4 after 39 minutes, pushing the proud owners of 35 Major titles closer to the finish line. Suddenly, Roger and Rafa lost their magic on the court in set number two, with Team World pair raising their level to dominate and force a decider.
Sock and Querrey broke Nadal in game four and did the same with Federer two games later to control the scoreboard and send the encounter into a deciding match tie break in under half an hour. In a manner of true champions, Federer and Nadal picked up their game again and raced into an 8-1 lead thanks to three mini-breaks on their tally, led by the packed crowd in Prague.
Ready to fight, the Americans reduced the deficit to 9-5, but that was all we saw from them, as Rafa and Roger claimed the 15th point to seal the deal and celebrate their first and only victory on the same side of the court.