Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal kicked off their incredible rivalry in Miami 2004. After battling for nearly every notable trophy on the planet, Rafa and Roger went to the same side of the court on September 23, 2017, facing Jack Sock and Sam Querrey in the Laver Cup in Prague.
The best players in the world formed Team Europe on Saturday night and scored a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory over the Americans to send Team Europe 9-3 to the lead of the remaining four matches of the program. Sunday. The great duo lost momentum in the second set, but they were super motivated to win this one, charging during the match tiebreaker to take home victory.
Sock and Querrey had their chances of spoiling Federer and Nadal's party, facing just one break point in the entire clash (the one that cost them the first set) and creating nine break opportunities, taking advantage of just two in the second set.
Despite a dominant role in the second set, Jack and Sam lost ground in the match tie break and lost eight of the first nine points to fall to the dead end. Both teams played well on serve early on, with six easy grabs before Sock broke at 3-3 to send Team Europe ahead.
Nadal served to confirm the break in the eighth game, and he and Roger had to play four break opportunities, keeping their cool and repelling them all to cement the lead.
Roger Federer praises Rod Laver
Roger Federer said that one of the nicest elements of the US Open final was seeing the history-making Rod Laver watching on in the crowd.
“For me, Rod Laver is an absolute, true legend of the game and not only him but his whole generation of players,” Federer told Mercedez-Benz. “I’m really thankful for everything they have done back in the day.
It was nice to see him again at the US Open in the finals watching Novak trying to equal his counted Grand Slam. I think it is possible that it’s going to be and going to happen again. We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa [Nadal] that we come extremely close, but doing it I think you need a bit of luck, you need personal strengths, you need everything and that’s why I think it’s going to be hard but it’s possible.
We have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play, but what Novak did this year was truly exceptional”.