Roger Federer: 'For me the legacy is really important'

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Roger Federer: 'For me the legacy is really important'

The Laver Cup show is taking the world tennis scene on the weekend between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th September. Some of the best players of the ATP circuit gathered in Boston to compete against each other, divided into two teams according to their nationality (Rest of the World and Europe, with the latter currently ahead by 3 points to 1), in three days really fascinating.

The particularity of the competition is also represented by the captains of the two teams, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, who were great champions and rivals on the field. Roger Federer is certainly one of the most prominent figures at the moment, precisely because he was the founder of the event dedicated to the Australian legend Rod, together with his manager Tony Godsick.

Unfortunately, due to a new injury and subsequent knee surgery to return to competition next season, the Swiss was unable to take part and be called up to the 'blue' team.

Federer has arrived in Boston for the Laver Cup

Roger Federer has arrived in Boston for the Laver Cup, much to the surprise of the fans.

After his arrival the Swiss and his manager Tony Godsick spoke at length about the legacy of Rod Laver and the tournament they created in 2017. "Yeah I mean, for me the legacy is really important, that we remember it in tennis because we have a really rich history and Rod Laver of course, I think was the hero to a lot of us, especially Bjorn Borg, to John and also to me he was that big legend who was able to win two times the Grand Slam winning all four Majors in the same year," Federer told CNBC.

Federer highlighted this fact and explained how it inspired him and Godsick to come up with the idea of a tournament like the Laver Cup. "He is also the one that went from amateur to professional sport, so that's where the idea came in with Tony and myself once in Shanghai that we could do something for the legacy of the game and incorporate all the young ones coming through, to learn from the best like John and Bjorn as an example and having rivals become teammates," Federer added.

Roger Federer was officially announced to the crowd at the TD Garden midway through the first set between Casper Ruud and Reilly Opelka. The announcement of the three-time Laver Cup champion's name was met with deafening roars from every corner of the stadium. Hearing the applause, Federer stood up to acknowledge the passionate Boston crowd.