Established to honor the name of legendary Rod Laver and gather the world's finest players for a three-day action, the fourth edition of the Laver Cup kicks off on Friday. Unlike in Prague, Chicago and Geneva, the founder Roger Federer will not compete for Team Europe, just like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Federer is skipping the Laver Cup for the first time due to an ongoing knee injury bothering him since the beginning of 2020. To make things even worse for the organizers, Nadal will also skip the rest of the season due to a foot injury, and Djokovic did not plan to stay in the USA following the US Open and compete in Boston.
Thus, Bjorn Borg has gathered the young guns around his Team Europe, calling six top-10 stars born between 1996-1998! Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud will defend the Team Europe colors, hoping to beat Team World for the fourth straight time and keep the beautiful trophy in their collection.
Without him, Nadal and Djokovic in the squad, Federer still hopes for a good result and the victory, saying Bjorn Borg and Thomas Enqvist should find a leader on the court. The Swiss is mighty disappointed for not traveling to Boston, and he promises to follow the matches in the next three days and enjoy the action in front of the TV.
Federer and Nadal led Team Europe in Prague 2017. Two legends stole the show on September 23, scoring singles victories before stepping on the court together in a much-anticipated doubles clash. Roger and Rafa beat Jack Sock and Sam Querrey in three sets to push Team Europe further in front ahead of the final day, where Roger prevailed over Nick Kyrgios in the final match to claim the title for his squad.
In Chicago 2018, Federer and Djokovic joined forces on an opening day and lost to Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock after a great battle.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will not play for Team Europe.
On the third day, Federer prevailed over John Isner before Alexander Zverev ousted Kevin Anderson in an all-or-nothing clash to keep the title for Team Europe.
Federer and Nadal were the main stars in Geneva 2019, although they did not play together. Federer and Zverev defeated Denis Shapovalov and Jack Sock on an opening day, and Federer and Nadal added singles victories over Kyrgios and Milos Raonic on day two.
Like a year ago, Federer and Zverev had to step in and score singles victories in the last two matches of the final day to wrap up the third straight trophy for Team Europe. "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.