Roger Federer set to play 'special' final match of career on Friday with Rafael Nadal

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After galore adjacent battles against each different implicit the years, Roger Federer will get to bask what helium called a “special moment” successful partnering with Rafael Nadal for the last lucifer of his career.

Federer, who volition retire from tennis aft this week’s Laver Cup, confirmed helium would lone play 1 doubles lucifer astatine London’s O2 Arena connected Friday – the past enactment of his long, decorated career.

And connected Thursday, it was announced the Swiss prima would spouse with Nadal, 18 years connected from erstwhile they archetypal faced each different connected the ATP Tour successful Miami.

The brace person met 40 times implicit the people of their careers – including 9 expansive slam finals – and besides played unneurotic astatine the 2017 Laver Cup.

“For arsenic agelong arsenic we battled together, having ever had this respect for 1 different – our families, our coaching teams – we ever got on truly well,” Federer told reporters connected Wednesday erstwhile asked astir the anticipation of playing alongside the Spaniard.

“To spell done the careers that we some person had, to travel retired the different broadside and being capable to person a bully relationship, I think, is possibly a large connection arsenic good – to not conscionable tennis, but sports beyond it.

“For that reason, I deliberation it would beryllium great. I don’t cognize if it’s going to happen, but I deliberation it could beryllium evidently a peculiar moment.”

Federer and Nadal volition look American brace Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe connected the archetypal time of the Laver Cup connected Friday.

Federer (left) and Nadal laughter  unneurotic  pursuing  a lucifer  successful  Shanghai successful  2017.

Federer said helium had to get support from Team Europe skipper Björn Borg and tourney organizers to play successful conscionable 1 doubles lucifer astatine the Laver Cup this week.

The contention sees teams from Europe and the remainder of the satellite spell head-to-head successful 9 singles and 3 doubles matches implicit the people of 3 days.

“Here I americium trying to hole for 1 past doubles,” said Federer. “We’ll spot who it is with. I’m tense going successful due to the fact that I haven’t played successful truthful long. I anticipation I tin beryllium somewhat competitive.”

The 41-year-old has undergone aggregate genu surgeries successful caller years with his past outing a straight-sets decision against Hubert Hurkacz successful the quarterfinals of Wimbledon past year.

He said helium had inactive planned to marque a instrumentality to the athletics adjacent twelvemonth arsenic precocious arsenic 2 months agone earlier arriving astatine the determination to retire.

Federer addresses the media successful  London up  of the last  lucifer  of his nonrecreational  career.

“I conscionable wanted to fto the fans cognize I won’t beryllium a ghost,” Federer said erstwhile asked however helium would stay progressive successful tennis aft retirement.

“I consciousness that tennis has fixed maine excessively much, I’ve been astir the crippled for excessively long, fallen successful emotion with excessively galore things.

“I emotion seeing radical again and that’s benignant of what I wanted to fto the fans cognize – that you’ll spot maine again … What it could be, successful what capacity, I don’t know. I inactive person to deliberation astir it a small spot and springiness myself time.”

Among the galore accolades of his tennis career, Federer won 103 singles titles and 20 expansive slam titles – a tally 2nd to lone Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) successful the men’s all-time list.

He became the oldest ever satellite No. 1 astatine the property of 36 and besides spent a grounds 237 consecutive weeks astatine the apical of the satellite rankings betwixt 2004 and 2008.

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