Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will play together in the Laver Cup 2022. This is certainly the news of the day, especially for the confirmation that Roger Federer will therefore return to the tennis courts. The competition will be held from 23-25 September at The O2 in London.
The two champions will represent the Europe team, led by Bjorn Borg, with the aim of conquering the fifth consecutive success in the competition. The Spanish tennis player, fresh conqueror of his 21st career slam at the Australian Open, said he was thrilled to be part of this team and spent a few words of praise for the historic Swiss rival.
The Iberian tennis player amazed everyone a few weeks ago in Australia, recovering the two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in an epic final and winning his second career Australian slam, the 21st total that allowed him after a battle of more than 5 hours.
to detach Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, stuck at 20 majors. The 35-year-old Spaniard will participate in the Laver Cup for the third time in his career, after appearances in Prague in the inaugural edition and in Geneva in 2019.
It was in Prague in 2017 that the Fedal couple played their first and only double, enchanting the Czech public and beating the American couple Sam Querrey and Jack Sock. Nadal spoke of the Laver Cup as follows: "It is such a unique event and I have always loved competing in this competition."
The 21-time slam then spoke of a possible doubles pair formed by him and the Swiss champion, joking that now only captain Borg should be convinced. "I suggested Roger play doubles together in London and he looks excited, so now we just have to convince our captain Bjorn!" joked Nadal, who then spent words of esteem for the opponent of so many battles.
Federer on the role played by his family
Speaking with Credit Suisse, Roger Federer expressed his thoughts on a myriad of topics, which included him transitioning from being on the road all the time to taking up a more active role as a stay-at-home dad.
"The last few years have definitely shown me how it could be, how to manage a sort of slower life... because I actually feel very, very busy [nowadays]," Roger Federer said. "I wake up earlier than ever because my body doesn't need as much rest as it used to.
I actually have more time on my hands when I wake up at 7 o' clock in the morning. I wanna remain curious and really learn, you know.... just working hard, but still enjoy the process." The former World No. 1 then spoke eagerly about the role played by his family and previous coaches in motivating him to prolong his career, before sharing a funny hypothetical situation concerning his retirement.
"My wife couldn't have been more supportive; my coaches, I had them all at the right time. I've always been very motivated, that's why I was always able to do what I did," Federer said. "I don't wanna say I've struggled with the decision to retire, but it's a whole other situation to think of," he added.
"You know, my career is ending and then my wife is like, 'Okay, my foot's still good, I just don't enjoy it anymore, I'll come on the road with you.' "