Roger Federer, 41, acknowledged that he has had numerous on-court entrances over the course of his career, but what is set to happen tonight just "feels different." Federer, who turned professional in 1998, is tonight playing the final match of his career.
In about an hour and a half, Federer and Rafael Nadal will take on Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe at the Laver Cup in London. "I’ve done this thousands of times, but this one feels different. Thank you to everybody who’s coming tonight," Federer tweeted.
Federer got his wish fulfilled
Earlier this week, Federer held a press conference with Swiss media.
When addressing Swiss media, Federer revealed he would only play one doubles match this Friday. Also, Federer said it "would be an absolute dream" to end his career by playing the final match alongside Nadal. After Nadal heard about Federer's desire, he made sure to make the Swiss happy.
John McEnroe, a former seven-time Grand Slam champion, was asked by Eurosport if he could put in context how big it will be of the occasion to have Federer accompanied by Nadal. McEnroe answered: "I'm not sure I can!
It is certainly epic with Roger announcing his retirement and then deciding to play with Rafa. It is incredible, but we have got a job to do. I think either way it is a win for tennis so that means it is okay for us to win the doubles, but it is going to be an electric night.
Andy is playing, so I am sure a lot of people did not anticipate that as well. So there is going to be a lot of energy!" In 2017, Federer and Nadal debuted as a doubles pair. At the 2017 Laver Cup in Prague, Federer and Nadal defeated Sock and Sam Querrey. It remains to be seen if Federer and Nadal can clinch their second victory as a pair tonight.