The upcoming Laver Cup will be the last chance to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on court together. Two great rivals did not play on the same side of the court until the first edition of the Laver Cup in Prague 2017. Thirteen and a half years after their first singles clash on the Tour, Roger and Rafa joined forces on Saturday, September 23.
They faced Jack Sock and Sam Querrey and scored a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory in one hour and 19 minutes for a massive celebration. Roger will only play one doubles match this week in London, and he wants to share the court with Rafa again, which he considers a real dream.
Federer and Nadal played 40 times on Tour between 2004 and 2019, challenging each other on the most notable stages and in almost every major tournament. Their last duel was at Wimbledon 2019, and Roger won it in four sets. Two legends had to work hard to prevail in their only doubles match at Prague 2017, losing momentum in the second set before bouncing back in the match's tie break.
Jack and Sam gave their best to challenge the powerful rivals, facing just one break point in the opening set and beating Roger and Rafa in the second set. The Americans created nine break point opportunities and only converted two in the second set.
Federer and Nadal went ahead 8-1 in the tie break of the match and took the victory. Roger and Rafa got a break at 3-3 in the first set after a double fault from Jack. The European team saved four break points on Nadal's serve in game eight to stay in front, and Federer fired a service winner in game ten for 6-4 in 35 minutes.
Federer and Nadal will play together
John McEnroe made an unusual choice and picked one of Roger Federer’s biggest losses against Rafael Nadal as the stand-out moment of the 41-year-old's career. “That was, at that time, the greatest match I ever saw.
It’s okay to remember one that he lost because of the way that he lost. He couldn’t give any more,” McEnroe said. He further reasoned his choice by remembering his stand-out match to be the one he lost against Borg at Wimbledon in 1980.
"There’s still a lot of talk about my match against Bjorn at Wimbledon in 1980 and I lost, so it’s okay to pick a Roger loss as that one moment,” he said.