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41-Year-Old Roger Federer’s Laver Cup Mates Set To Face Off in an Epic French Open Clash As They Put Everything on the Line for Grand Slam Glory

Published 06/08/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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The French Open tennis competition is going above and beyond to set up some nail-biting and thrilling encounters for sports spectators. Tennis fans have been glued to their chairs with anticipation. They have been treated to some incredible matches during the tournament, one after the other. And now, as the clay-court Grand Slam competition nears its conclusion, there is one more gripping encounter in which two buddies who play for Roger Federer’s team at the Laver Cup will face off against each other for their Roland Garros title run.

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Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev, Team Europe teammates from the Laver Cup, will face each other in the clay-court tournament semi-final to battle for a spot in the final.

Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev: Laver Cup teammates to square off against each other


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The world’s fourth-ranked tennis player, Casper Rune, has finally reached the semi-finals after defeating Holger Rune in an energetic four-set battle. And now, to make his place in the finals, the Norwegian tennis player will go against Zverev, who defeated Tomás Martín Etcheverry on the same day in a similar four-set match.

However, interestingly, these two tennis players, who are all set to play against each other, have also played with each other in the Laver Cup. Yes, both of them have been a part of Federer’s team in Europe at the same time. While the German tennis star has been a part of Team Europe for 2017–19 and 2021, the 24-year-old tennis player has been a part of Team Europe for the last two years.


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And both of them played for the team in 2021 together, so it will be amazing to watch teammates of a time go against each other. Nevertheless, this is not the first time that they will play against each other. Till now, they have faced each other three times on the tennis court, with Zverev leading head-to-head with two victories. However, the last class in the Miami quarterfinals last year went with the fourth-ranked tennis player.


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However, off the tennis court, both of the tennis players who have been a part of Team Europe at one time share a great bond with each other.

Zverev and Casper share a good friendship bond

While both tennis players have now successfully punched their tickets to the French Open semifinals. Do you realize that they are also very close friends with one another? In a post-match interview from the Miami Open last year, when Zverev was getting ready to play the 24-year-old tennis player in the quarterfinal, he discussed his equation with the fourth-ranked tennis player.


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The German emphasized that Casper Ruud is playing excellent tennis and that based on the way he presents himself, he is capable of defeating anyone on the tennis court. In addition to that, he also mentioned how they spent a lot of time together on the trip and had grown somewhat closer. Along with that, Zverev made an amazing admission of how you can never hate the Norwegian tennis player.

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Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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Akash Pandhare