How many emotions in the Laver Cup 2021, starring - and how could it not be, despite not being on the court! - Roger Federer. The Swiss Master was not on the court for the tennis event that sees Team Europe, led by Bjorn Borg, and the World Cup, led by John McEnroe, face off, but the 40-year-old from Basel was in the front row in the TD Garden stands.
in Boston. When Roger Federer was led by the director, the crowd in the stands gave the 20-time Slam champion an unforgettable and moving standing ovation. Matteo Berrettini won the first point for the European team, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The Swiss Roger Federer appeared supported on crutches in the fourth edition of the Laver Cup 2021, an intercontinental tennis competition. The competition pits a group of European tennis players against world athletes, it is the first time that Federer is not part of the European delegation due to a knee injury.
The 40-year-old champion underwent surgery on his right knee for the third time after he finished the tournament at Wimbledon. After the match, the Italian said: "A very tough battle against a great friend. Beautiful atmosphere, I enjoyed every minute out there, and this was the best way to start the competition with Bjorn by my side.
Be summoned for the Laver Mug. It was one of my goals this year, I am very happy to be here, it is very nice to be able to play not only for you but also for the team."
Federer displayed his passion for the Laver Cup
Roger Federer recently revealed that Stefanos Tsitsipas had messaged him ahead of the Laver Cup, saying that he was missing the Swiss' presence in Boston.
Federer admitted that he did not let the Greek know of his plans to come to the American city, as he wanted to surprise Tsitsipas. "Yeah I got a text from Stefanos saying where I am, he's missing me and that he needs me on the team so I didn't tell him yet I am coming, that'll be a surprise," Roger Federer said.
The World No. 9 met Tsitsipas on Friday and had a brief interaction on court before one of the Greek's practice sessions. Federer and Tsitsipas shared a warm hug and a few nice words during their interaction. "Nice to see you," Federer began.
"How's everything?" responded Tsitsipas. Federer then walked into the empty arena and lavished it with rich praise. The Swiss also expressed his excitement at witnessing a new tennis crowd in the shape of enthusiastic Bostonians.
"Very nice, excellent, so good to be here finally," Roger Federer said. "I think for the player's its gonna be amazing. Really exciting to see it the first time, tried to imagine how its gonna be full house.
Getting to know a new crowd you know in Boston is gonna be special. I hope the city is really pumped up to see tennis, I know the players are."