First set: *Federer/Nadal 1-1 Chorap/Tyafo (*denotes next server)
Sock and Tiafoe cruise to a stress-free wait in the opening service game. Tiafoe, fresh off an inspired run to the US Open semifinals that included a career-best win over Nadal in the fourth round, has developed rapidly.
First set: Federer/Nadal 1-0 Sock/Tiafoe* (*denotes next server)
Nadal serves first and he opens with a double fault. The ball was called, but Tiafoe’s pitch overthrew it. Federer then hit a forehand volley winner into the net in a rally at 15, prompting further applause. It could be a long night at this rate. Nadal makes it 30-15 with a backhand volley before holding after a couple of mistakes by the Sock/Tiafoe team. A neat wait for the crowd favorites after a double fault to start.
Federer and Nadal emerged from the tunnel to a standing ovation in a jam-packed O2 Arena. After them comes Björn Borg, head coach of the European team. They now took to the court for warm-ups with the American pair of Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe (who shared a court with Nadal some time ago).
Two minutes to go.
In the eight days since Federer announced his retirement, tributes have poured in from around the world. German soccer great Philipp Lahm added to the gathering with this thoughtful column in today’s Guardian.
Federer’s career path is in stark contrast to his current one. In the era of professionalisation, young athletes are often treated as investments – especially in sports with as much to gain as tennis. At a young age, they are sent to academies and camps, which are talent factories. Athletes’ biographies are increasingly created outside the federation, outside society. They are privatized.
The sports entertainment industry views talent as a resource and capital investment. As soon as you identify the talent, it becomes a project. You take it out of the structures, do your own thing. The goal of the athlete is no longer to give something back to society, but to optimize profits and build a business.
Many fall by the wayside as more and more people imitate it. Talent is a rare gift. This is how sports distance itself from society. If it is no longer part of it, it loses its charm and credibility.
On Friday, the world can admire Federer’s genius one last time. It’s time to get nostalgic. Many Federer moments come to mind. I often think back to the summer of 2017, when he is resurgent after many injuries. Won in Indian Wells and Miami. In Australia, he beat Nadal in the fifth set despite being behind.
It was the time when I finished my career. I was glad that Federer went on and watched all his matches then – it was great fun. He once again proved his prowess to everyone. This is how I will remember Roger Federer.
Federer and Nadal alternated between backstage and courtside digs with the rest of their Team Europe teammates during the Murray-De Minaur match.
Not much anymore. Players should be on court temporarily for filming tonight.
Alex de Minaur beat Andy Murray 5-7, 6-3, 7-10. A bit slow start but showed very high quality in the last half hour. The 23-year-old Aussie bounced back to deliver a much-needed point for the World Team, who did not want to go into a 3-0 hole out of the gate.
A quick update on the Laver Cup format and where things stand ahead of tonight’s drink. A team-based, three-day event, golf’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup, the competition consists of three singles and one doubles match daily. One point per win on the first day, two points per win on the second day and three points per win on the third day.
The European team has won all four editions so far, although the title has twice been decided in the 12th and final match. Federer won the trophy in 2017 and Alexander Zverev in 2019.
The Europeans are already 2-0 up at this year’s event after Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed victory over Jack Sock and Diego Schwartzman respectively in today’s afternoon session.
Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic are playing for the European Team for the first time. The Big Three, as everyone knows, have combined to win 63 of the last 77 grand slams (Nadal 22, Djokovic 21, Federer 20).
De Minaur took the second set in his follow-up match against Murray. Under the rules, the match will be decided by a 10-point tiebreak rather than a full third set, meaning tonight’s main event must be over and over before the hour mark.
Hello and welcome to the O2 Arena for the final match of Roger Federer’s storied career. The 41-year-old Swiss, who has not competed since losing to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in July 2021, announced last week that he is retiring from professional tennis after undergoing a series of operations on his right knee. his long overdue return to the men’s tour is irresistible.
So he bids farewell to long-time rival and friend Rafael Nadal in London this evening at a team event organized by his management company. These two pairs will compete for Team Europe against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock for World Team.
It is not the first time that Federer and Nadal have played on the same side of the court: they won the doubles match together at the first edition of the Laver Cup in 2017. rivalry in sports history. They have met in singles a total of 40 times (Nadal won 26), including 14 grand slams (the Spaniard won 10), none more memorable than their epic 2008 Wimbledon final.
“Before I came on tour, I saw him playing on TV. I saw him succeed on TV and then (we) were able to create an amazing rivalry together,” Nadal said yesterday. “And on the other hand, one thing we’re probably very proud of is the friendly competition. Tomorrow will be something special. Difficult. It’s definitely going to be hard to manage, especially for Roger. But for me too. Finally, one of the most important players – if not the most important player – of my tennis career is leaving.”
Federer and Nadal will take to the court after the first match of the night, a singles match between Team Europe’s Andy Murray and Team World’s Alex de Minaur in the second set.
Bryan will be here soon. Meanwhile, Tumaini Road’s view of Federer’s swan song in London tonight.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — three of the greatest men’s tennis players of all time and a group of four defining rivals of a generation — all came together for the Laver Cup press conference on Thursday. one last time as professionals.
As they reminisced about their old matches and laughed about shared memories, glorious or devastating, depending on the perspective, Federer interjected: “It feels good to be sitting here, going first over the boys,” he said, smiling. “It just feels right.”
This final chapter of Federer’s career is dark in many ways. Despite his reputation for avoiding serious injury throughout his career, his later years were marred by physical problems. Unlike Federer’s recent tight, competitive outing, Serena Williams can’t rely on her knee for more than one short doubles match. With Team Europe teammate Nadal in his final battle, he will enter Friday night at the O2 Arena hoping to compete at a merely respectable level against Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
But the conditions are right. He will be matched against three of the toughest opponents of his life, along with players who have defined the last decade and a half of tennis and driven it forward in many ways. Between them, they won 66 grand slam titles, faced each other 234 times and spent 933 weeks at No. 1. For more than a decade, they have swept the later stages of every major event and prevented nearly all others from succeeding.
“Tomorrow will be something special,” Nadal said. “I think it’s very difficult, difficult. It’s definitely going to be hard to manage, especially for Roger. For me too. In the end, one of the most important players, if not the most important player in my tennis career, is going to go, right?