Roger Federer will play his last career match alongside his great rival Rafael Nadal! As the Swiss wished, Nadal will share the same side of the court with him against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe on Friday night on the first day of the fifth Laver Cup.
Federer will retire in London, and he wanted to play his last match with his great friend and opponent, sharing the court with Rafa for the second time. Two legends joined forces at the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague 2017. They faced Jack Sock and Sam Querrey and prevailed 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 on a historic night.
Roger and Rafa lost momentum in the second set before bouncing back in the match tie break to celebrate the victory. Jack and Sam gave their best to challenge the mighty opponents, facing only one break point in the opening set and outplaying Roger and Rafa in set number two.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will share the court for the last time in London.
The Americans created nine break chances and seized two in the second set. Sock landed a forehand winner in the opener's third game, and Federer hit a volley winner in the next one for 2-2.
Roger held after deuce in game six, and he and Rafa moved 4-3 in front with a break after Jack's double fault. Nadal served in game eight and experienced four break points. He and Roger denied them to bring the game home and remain in front.
The Swiss held at 30 with a service winner in game ten and claimed the opener 6-4 in 40 minutes. Suddenly, their magic disappeared in the second set, as they stood inferior to the Americans. Querrey and Sock took charge from the baseline and at the net to control the scoreboard.
Nadal got broken in game four after Sock's deep return, and the Americans held at 30 in the next one for 4-1. Querrey hit a volley winner at the net in game six to steal Federer's serve and move his team 5-1 ahead.
Sam fired a smash winner in game seven, and Team World wrapped up the set in style for a massive boost. Federer and Nadal started all over in the match tie break and moved 5-1 up after Sock's double fault. Federer landed a perfect volley winner at the net to gain an 8-1 lead and move Team Europe closer to the finish line.
The Americans grabbed four of the following five points and reduced the deficit to 9-5. Nadal and Federer took the 15th point to seal the deal and start a massive celebration.