“Bringing Back the Old Fedal”: Roger Federer Gives His Nod to Rafael Nadal’s Proposal

Published 09/27/2021, 12:58 PM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Rafael Nadal of Team Europe and teammate Roger Federer celebrate during the singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe and Taylor Fritz of Team World during Day One of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 20, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


The absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at this year’s Laver Cup was clearly felt by fans who watched the exhibition event as their camaraderie was missing in Team Europe’s bench.

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The event, which made its debut in 2017, became an instant hit as both Federer and Nadal came together to play doubles against the likes of Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, and others from Team World.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 22: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Thomas Enqvist and Fernando Verdasco of Team Europe celebrate as they watch the singles match between Dominic Thiem of Team Europe and John Isner of Team World (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup).

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Even last year’s edition which took place in Geneva didn’t see Nadal and Federer playing doubles as the Spaniard injured his left wrist and played a couple of matches in a span of three days.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are most likely to feature in doubles at Laver Cup 2022

However, the fifth edition of Laver Cup in London will most likely feature these two players provided that they are back to full form by the beginning of next year. Teasing a preview of this highly anticipated doubles match, the Spaniard invited Federer for doubles next year on his Instagram story.

The London edition of Laver Cup will be played at the famous O2 arena. With the ATP finals moving this year from London to Turin, tennis fans in the city can rejoice the fact that the Laver Cup will be played in this huge stadium.

The Swiss star, who always shared warmth friendship with Nadal over the years, responded to the Spaniard’s proposal and mentioned, “Bringing back the Old Fedal in London would be amazing”. 

Even though there are uncertainties regarding the comeback of these two players, it’s safe to say that the duo is equally excited to be back at the Laver Cup next year in order to engage fans with their game.

Coming to this year’s event at Boston, Team Europe easily dismissed Team World as the tournament got over after the former’s victory in the first match on the final day. Team World players did their best to keep all the matches as close as possible but faltered in match tie-breakers.

The John McEnroe-led team lost four match tie-breakers throughout the tournament and lost confidence as days progressed.

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Despite having exceptional talent in the form of Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Opelka, team World didn’t do well enough and lost for the fourth consecutive time to team Europe.

With Fedal possibly back in action for London’s event, it will be interesting to see the player rooster from team World for next year’s Laver Cup.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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