Roger Federer: 'I'm really disappointed to be missing this year's Laver Cup'



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Roger Federer: 'I'm really disappointed to be missing this year's Laver Cup'

The fourth edition of the Laver Cup takes place between September 24-26, 2021, in Boston's TD Garden. Roger Federer was the leading star in Prague, Chicago, and Geneva but will not compete next month at the fourth Laver Cup due to an ongoing knee injury.

Team Europe will see no one from the 'Big 3' defending the blue colors, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic unwilling in the USA following the US Open if the Spaniard plays there in the first place. Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud will represent Team Europe in Boston, all born between 1996 and 1998 and eager to show their skills in the absence of the best players from the last 15 years.

Federer said he feels disappointed for skipping Laver Cup for the first time, backing the mentioned youngsters to seek the fourth straight title for Team Europe. In Geneva 2019, Team Europe prevailed against Team World in the deciding match, keeping the trophy in their cabinet and making a proper celebration out of it.

After the opening two encounters of the final day, Team World had the edge over their rivals, and Roger Federer had to defeat John Isner to keep Team Europe alive. The Swiss prevailed in two close sets to reduce the deficit and switch the attention to Alexander Zverev, who battled against Milos Raonic in the winner-take-all encounter.

Roger Federer will skip this year's Laver Cup due to an injury.

Of course, it had to go down to the wire, and the German emerged at the top in the match tie break to secure the title for Team Europe for the second year in a row, wrapping up an incredible competition that highlighted tennis news during that weekend.

Roger has played 11 Laver Cup matches, winning all six in singles and delivering two triumphs from five doubles clashes, sharing the court with his greatest rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the opening two editions.

Roger has struggled with a knee injury for over a year and a half, missing almost the entire 2020 season and playing 13 encounters in 2021 before announcing the third surgery that will keep him away from the court for months.

"I'm really disappointed to be missing this year's Laver Cup. Team Europe has an incredible line-up, though, and I wish them all the very best as they go for their fourth Laver Cup win," Roger Federer said.