All eyes are on the Laver Cup over the next few days following Roger Federer’s announcement that he would be retiring from tennis after suffering from a long-term knee injury. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will be playing his last ever match alongside Rafael Nadal on Friday.
As soon as the news broke, ticket sales for the event soared through the roof – and those not able to attend the event are relying on coverage of Federer’s finale to capture a glimpse of greatness for just one last time.
Federer and Nadal will take to the court against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe at 8.30pm at the O2 in London, just over an hour after Andy Murray faces Australian star Alex De Minaur. Express Sport provides you with all the details on how to watch the heavily anticipated match.
In the UK, the Laver Cup is exclusively being shown on Eurosport – though it can also be streamed on discovery+ online. Coverage of the event will kickstart at 12.30pm on Eurosport 1, with the opener starting just 30 minutes later when Casper Ruud takes on Jack Sock. The evening session, which features Federer’s match, will begin at 8.30pm.
Federer and Nadal have enjoyed a fruitful relationship both on and off the court, with their quality performances pushing one another to improve. The pair have faced each other on 40 occasions, with Nadal winning 24 of those bouts, and won 42 Grand Slams between them.
Federer’s retirement draws a close to their competitive rivalry, and the Spaniard is certainly sad to see his competitor conclude his career. Speaking to Eurosport, Nadal said: “We have always had a very easy and positive relationship since the beginning. I don’t know, but since the beginning, I think the feelings have been positive. They have even grown in a better way over the years.
“In some way, when you have a rivalry like we have had, we have played exhibitions for our foundations, we have shared important moments in the history of this sport. On court and off court we were together, on the council for a long time. So we were able to build this relationship in a very positive way. He has been a very positive example for everyone, and for me personally, without a doubt.”
Federer has spoken openly about how difficult the decision was to retire from tennis, commenting on how he does not want to entirely walk away from something that he ‘loves’. Thus, the 41-year-old has hinted that he could head into coaching, though he is not entirely sure what the future holds.
He explained: “I just wanted to let the fans know I won’t be a ghost. I talked about (Europe captain) Bjorn Borg. I don’t think he returned to Wimbledon for 25 years. I don’t think I’ll be that guy and I feel tennis has given me too much. I have been around the game for too long. Have fallen in love with too many things.
“I love seeing people again, and that’s kind of what I wanted to let the fans know that you’ll see me again. Not just never again. Now what it could be, in what capacity, I don’t know. So I still have to think about it a little bit but give myself time.”