After quite a few shut battles in opposition to one another over time, Roger Federer mentioned it would be a “particular second” to be in a position to companion Rafael Nadal within the final match of his profession.
Federer, who will retire from tennis after this week’s Laver Cup, confirmed that he would solely play one doubles match at London’s O2 Arena on Friday – the final act of his lengthy, adorned profession.
That opens the opportunity of the Swiss star partnering with Nadal, 18 years on from once they first confronted one another on the ATP Tour in Miami.
The pair have met 40 occasions over the course of their careers – together with 9 grand slam finals – and in addition performed collectively on the 2017 Laver Cup.
“For so long as we battled collectively, having at all times had this respect for one another – our households, our teaching groups – we at all times acquired alongside rather well,” Federer informed reporters when requested about the opportunity of taking part in alongside the Spaniard.
“To undergo the careers that we each had, to come back out the opposite aspect and with the ability to have a pleasant relationship, I feel, is possibly an excellent message as properly – to not simply tennis, however sports activities past it.
“For that purpose, I feel it would be nice. I do not know if it is going to occur, however I feel it might be clearly a particular second.”
Federer mentioned he needed to acquire permission from Team Europe captain Björn Borg and match organizers to play in only one doubles match on the Laver Cup this week.
The competitors sees groups from Europe and the remainder of the world go head-to-head in 9 singles and three doubles matches over the course of three days.
“Here I’m making an attempt to organize for one final doubles,” mentioned Federer. “We’ll see who it’s with. I’m nervous moving into as a result of I have never performed in so lengthy. I hope I can be considerably aggressive.”
The 41-year-old has undergone a number of knee surgical procedures lately together with his final outing a straight-sets defeat in opposition to Hubert Hurkacz within the quarterfinals of Wimbledon final yr.
He mentioned he had nonetheless deliberate to make a return to the game subsequent yr as just lately as two months in the past earlier than arriving on the determination to retire.
“I simply wished to let the followers know I will not be a ghost,” Federer mentioned when requested how he would stay concerned in tennis after retirement.
“I really feel that tennis has given me an excessive amount of, I’ve been across the sport for too lengthy, fallen in love with too many issues.
“I like seeing folks once more and that is form of what I wished to let the followers know – that you’re going to see me once more… What it might be, in what capability, I do not know. I nonetheless have to consider it slightly bit and provides myself time.”
Among the numerous accolades of his tennis profession, Federer gained 103 singles titles and 20 grand slam titles – a tally second solely to Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21) within the males’s all-time record.
He grew to become the oldest ever world no. 1 on the age of 36 and in addition spent a report 237 consecutive weeks on the prime of the world rankings between 2004 and 2008.