In an interview to RTS Roger Federer recalled when he faced Rafael Nadal for the first time on a tennis court. It was 2004 Miami third round and the Spaniard was just 17 years old. "I was impressed during the match. I knew that it would have been complicated.
I had just won in Indian Wells, I was a bit sick before the tournament because I had some issues in the final"; said Federer. "At the start, I had beaten Nikola Davydenko and against Rafa, I could not find a way to beat him, he was unbelievable, his defense and all the rest.
I knew that he would have won the French Open at least once, maybe not 12 (laughter). But at least once. You could have said, Yeah, I think he can be good. And he had a legendary career so for me to be in the same team as his at the Laver Cup was great."
For the 20-time Grand Slam winner, Laver Cup can be compared to NBA All-Star Weekend. "Yeah, it can be compared to the All-Star Weekend of Basketball, where the best guys face each other and there is a big party. For basketball, there is nothing better especially in terms of show.
Anyways, we are here to go far and win. When you win a point, whether you look at the left or right, you see Rafa jumping or Zverev or Tsitsipas who are all behind you and who is encouraging you. It makes you shake and have a lot of energy."