Roger Federer: 'Laver is the GOAT. It will be a great Wimbledon'


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Roger Federer: 'Laver is the GOAT. It will be a great Wimbledon'

Special event in London on Thursday organized by Laver Cup that will have its first edition from 22nd to 24th September at the O2 Arena in Prague. Past tennis legends Rod Laver and John McEnroe and current legend Roger Federer reunited in London to launch the new silverware Laver Cup trophy that has been built with molten metal from one of Laver's first individual professional trophies and also design elements that honor Laver’s unrivaled tennis achievements.

The Australian great completed Calendar Grand Slam twice and won 200 career titles. 'Competing for the Laver Cup will be something truly special,' said Federer. 'When you win a title that the great Rod Laver also won, it’s wonderful to know that you’ve shared in those same experiences and that same legacy.

But the Laver Cup is even more magical. It would be a tremendous privilege to lift a trophy that features a real part of Rod’s incredible history. For me, Rod Laver is the greatest player of all time. I’m thrilled that the Laver Cup creates a legacy that future generations can also cherish. 'Every win, of course, had its significance during my career but to see them represented collectively so beautifully all these years later is extremely special,' Laver said.

'I’m thrilled that the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic will compete for such a beautiful trophy in my honor. When I look at the Laver Cup, I am so proud to have my name on it.' For Team Europe, led by Bjorn Borg, at the moment Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem are committed to play.

For Rest of the World team, led by John McEnroe, Milos Raonic and John Isner. Federer who also spoke about who are the favourites to win Wimbledon: 'Rafa started the year very well, Andy is the defending champion and so I believe he will play well again as well as Novak.

There is a group of players like Tomas [Berdych], Raonic, Nishikori, Thiem, Wawrinka, Zverev, Kyrgios, who can do great things here, also reaching the final. The draw is pretty open. Pouille won in Stuttgart, Feliciano at Queen's, Cilic is playing very well...

I think it will be a great Wimbledon.' Which are Federer's feelings right now? 'Personally I am happy to be healthy contrary to last year. I took my time. After Wimbledon my knee and back weren't doing so well and so I had to work.

I didn't know which the final results would have been, but it was the greatest come back in my life.' Federer who won 92-career titles so far. He is behind only Ivan Lendl (94) and Jimmy Connors (109): 'I have a room at home where there are almost all my titles.

All of them have a story. In every tournament there was a battle or challenge.' ALSO READ: Federer: 'At the beginning I couldn't afford business class ticket'