The fourth edition of the Laver Cup starts on Friday in Boston's TD Garden, gathering many players from the top-15. Roger Federer was the leading star in Prague, Chicago, and Geneva in the previous four seasons. However, he will not compete in Boston due to an ongoing knee injury that requires three surgeries.
Team Europe will see no one from the 'Big 3' defending the blue colors, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic skipping the action and leaving the young guns to fight for the fourth straight crown. Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud will represent Team Europe, all born between 1996 and 1998 and eager to show their skills in the absence of the best players from the last 15 years.
Roger Federer backs Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev at Laver Cup.
Federer feels disappointed for skipping Laver Cup for the first time, backing the mentioned youngsters to seek the fourth straight title for Team Europe under the guidance of Bjorn Borg and Thomas Enqvist.
Although he admits it should be a close between against Team World, Federer believes that the European squad can win another Laver Cup title, led by an Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and the US Open winner Daniil Medvedev.
Federer expects strong performance in the singles encounters from them, and he promises to watch as many matches in the next three days and enjoy the action. "I think Team Europe will be the favorites. Having the Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and the US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the team should be good for us, especially in the singles.
The doubles are wide open, but we should have the edge in the singles encounters. It's amazing how strong Team Europe has been over the years. Without me, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Bjorn Borg will have to find the new leader and guide the team towards another title; he is our super captain.
I'm disappointed not to be in Boston with the rest of the group. I will miss the squad, fans, team spirit and everything that goes with it. I had a wonderful time in Geneva, Prague and Chicago, and I will speak with Thomas Enqvist, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe to check everything is o.k.
I will be watching matches, and it's going to be a long day for me in front of the TV; it's Laver Cup time again, and I'm excited," Roger Federer said.