Casper Ruud said it was "unbelievable" to watch Roger Federer's last live match paired with Rafael Nadal. On Friday night in London, the Swiss played doubles with the Majorcan in the Laver Cup (lost match against the American couple Sock-Tiafoe).
Earlier last week, Federer had expressed his desire to play doubles with Nadal as the last match of his glorious career. The Spaniard, who has become more and more friends with the Swiss over the years, did not hesitate to grant his wish and the two found themselves on the same side of the court on Friday night.
Ruud, who represented Team Europe with them, supported Nadal and Federer from the bench. "Having those two together in Roger's last match was amazing," enthused the Norwegian tennis player, according to Tennishead.
"I was lucky to be part of the team. I learned a lot from the experience," said Ruud. "It's inspiring to see that they have the motivation to keep going and are eager to play and have fun together." Ruud, who is coming off a runner-up finish at the US Open and is currently No.
2 in the world, believes he can continue to improve his game. "You can always improve, but I think I've done very well this year. If it doesn't go very well, it won't really matter," he explained. Going forward, one of Ruud's goals is to bring an ATP event to Norway.
The Oslo native has reached two Grand Slam finals this season and is definitely doing more. popular tennis in your country. After the Laver Cup, Ruud traveled to Korea to play the Seoul Open, where he was surprisingly eliminated in the quarterfinal match by Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in three sets.
Almagro reflects on Federer
Former World No. 9 Nicolas Almagro described Roger Federer’s farewell as a significant loss for the sporting community. "It is a significant loss for everything that has changed our sport since his arrival, he raised it to a higher level as Tiger Woods did with golf or Michael Jordan with basketball," Almagro said.
"Hopefully the next generations will remain faithful to the legacy that he leaves, so we will be sure that everything that comes is much better. Playing against Federer is a different experience from facing any other player," he continued.
"With Roger you have the feeling at all times that he is playing with you, that he is playing what he wants at all times."