As he responds to Rafael Nadal’s request for doubles, Roger Federer thrills the crowd.
Rafael Nadal intimated that he and Roger Federer are planning to compete in the Laver Cup next year when he requested the Swiss great to partner him in 2022.
Five years after they played doubles together at the first Laver Cup, Roger Federer surprised fans by stating that he would be glad to team up with Rafael Nadal. Both men are currently injured, but many are interpreting their desire to pair up when the Ryder Cup-style tournament co-created by Federer comes to London next September as a clue that they will be fit by then.
Team Europe won the Laver Cup for the fourth time in as many editions on Sunday (September 26) in Boston’s TD Garden.
No members of the Big Three were in the team for the first time in the event’s brief existence, with Federer and Nadal both out of the tour until at least next year as they heal from injuries, and Djokovic taking time off following his crushing US Open finals defeat.
The event was co-created by Federer and his TEAM8 management firm, and the first edition was held in Prague in 2017 – the only occasion Federer and Nadal have competed together in a team competition.
The 40-year-old stunned everyone by showing up in Boston to watch the game from the stands, just days after removing crutches after his third right knee surgery in less than two years.
Meanwhile, Nadal is out of the match court after canceling his 2021 season before of the US Open and undergoing a medical treatment on his ailing left foot, which he worsened at the French Open when he lost in the semi-finals against Djokovic.
Despite the absence of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, Team Europe won by 14 points to one, losing only one match over the three-day event – the doubles on the first night.
Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, and Casper Ruud were among the six top-ten players on the Team Europe roster, though it appears that the current world No 6 and No 9 are eager to reclaim their spots next year, when the Laver Cup visits London’s o2 Arena from September 23 to September. “Brinkwire News Summary.”