Roger Federer: 'It meant so much to have Nadal, Cilic giving me advice'

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Roger Federer: 'It meant so much to have Nadal, Cilic giving me advice'

It didn't take long for Roger Federer to put aside his defeat in the BNP Paribas Open final to Juan Martin del Potro as he travelled to Chicago to launch the second edition of the Laver Cup on Monday, 19th March. 

'I’m very excited to be here in Chicago today to launch the Laver Cup,' Federer said. 'The first tournament in Prague was very special for both the players and the fans and I can’t wait to play the Laver Cup here in the sports-mad city of Chicago. Being part of Team Europe, with the legendary Björn Borg as our captain, and winning the first-ever Laver Cup was an incredible experience.'

He also said, 'It was amazing to team up with players who are normally your biggest rivals and have the chance to play on the same side of the net and be members of the same team. I play against guys like Rafa (Nadal), Marin (Cilic), Sasha (Zverev), Dom (Thiem) and Tomas (Berdych) all the time, so to have them on my side, cheering me on, giving me advice and me doing the same for them, meant so much.'

Federer added he would be okay with Laver Cup' format changes: 'Down the road I'm totally open to anything. I've heard already from women players. They would love to do it as well.'

Federer also said that Davis Cup and Laver Cup are very different in terms of schedule and fatigue: 'It just takes so much out of the players to be available four weekends during the year every single year. I played a lot of Davis Cup when I was younger and happy I did. I was happy it existed, but eventually it was just too much. I do believe that the Laver Cup has sparked some change, some inspiration to other cups that maybe we'll see in tennis. But that's a good thing. We'll take that as a sign of flattery.'

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