Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer teamed up for doubles for the only time in their careers at the 2017 Laver Cup in Prague. It was a success, and both of them did not deny that they may pair up once again in the future. Actually, around a decade ago, Nadal had approached Federer to play doubles on the ATP Tour for one tournament.
But the Swiss refused. 'Rafa asked me to play doubles in I think it was Madrid indoors or so, but then I think our rivalry was so intense, I just felt like it was the wrong thing to do,' Federer revealed. 'As you say, could be like a conflict and not something we should be doing.
It would have been great for the game, but I think it would have been a bit of a curveball for everybody. It was a fierce rivalry, now all a sudden they're being friendly. I don't think the press would have enjoyed that so much.
They want to put us against each other, not with each other. But today I think we're much more laid back, me especially, too, because I didn't have a rival for a long period of time, and then Rafa came up and there was -- it was great, but I just didn't feel like we needed to play doubles together.
No, I would see myself playing with Rafa. It's just if I do play, I want to play with my friends from Switzerland, help those guys out, and I don't know, play with other top guys. I could imagine myself doing that.' The Madrid Open was played as an indoor hard court tournament until 2008 in late October, then it changed surfaces to clay and was started to be played in May.