Doubles legend shares key to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer winning match at Laver Cup

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Doubles legend shares key to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer winning match at Laver Cup

Former doubles world No. 1 Todd Woodbridge feels Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal can definitely win the Swiss' final match tonight at the Laver Cup. Nadal and Federer, who previously teamed up once at the Laver Cup in 2017, are set to meet Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe tonight in London.

In 2017, Nadal and Federer defeated Sock and Sam Querrey in their lone doubles match played as a duo. Nadal and Federer maybe don't have much experience as a pair, but they are pure greatness and have one of the most complete games in tennis history.

Woodbridge, who captured a total of 22 Grand Slam doubles titles during his career, feels Nadal's play from the baselina and Federer's volleying skills could be just enough for them to beat the American duo.

Woodbridge on what will be the key for Federer, Nadal

"What we are going to see from them is that Roger is the more comfortable at the net, but Rafa has become one of the best volleyers in the world," Woodbridge told Eurosport.

"We will see Rafa doing damage with his heavy spin from the back of the court, setting up the opportunities for Roger to intercept and take control - that is what they are going to want to do. What we are going to keep our eye on is how Roger is moving.

That is going to be key. But you see in this combination, he does not have to do a lot of moving because he has got Rafa to back him up. I expect that we are going to see a pretty sharp combination, but when you have not played a match for such a long time, like Roger, there are going to be nerves and Rafa is going to have to help him.

But once again, they have a wealth of experience to draw upon in this match. He will return well and Rafa is going to give him those opportunities. From what I saw in practice, Roger was really sharp." It remains to be seen if Federer's career will come to an end with a doubles victory alongside Nadal.