“Novak, Rafa, Murray, Me,”: Roger Federer Reveals How Teams Would’ve Looked if Laver Cup Took Place in 2009

Published 09/25/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer leaves court after winning his first round match against Fance’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


The Laver Cup 2021 has started and fans are witnessing some amazing tennis at the tournament right now. Interestingly, they got to watch the co-founder of the tennis event, Roger Federer, even on the second day of the Laver Cup 2021 and thus became quite exhilarated after that.

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Roger Federer and Andy Roddick had a discussion before the play began on the second day of the Laver Cup 2021. Surprisingly, they talked about how the two teams would have looked if the Laver Cup had been there in 2009.

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“Novak, Rafa, Murray, Me,” said Federer and then started laughing along with Roddick.

Team Europe would have been nearly an unbeaten team if the Laver Cup took place in 2009. They would have an in-form Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray in their squad. On the other hand, Team World would not have been that strong back then. It is because of this reason that Roddick agreed on this statement by the Swiss Maestro.

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Roger Federer v Andy Roddick: Head-to-Head

Even though Federer and Roddick are great friends now, there was a time when the two were bitter enemies on the court. Both of them have been a part of many intriguing Grand Slam finals.

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Andy Roddick of USA pose for photographers after the men’s singles final match against on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2009 in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The two faced each 24 times in their whole career. It is Federer who leads the head-to-head battle at 21-3. The two crossed their paths in four major finals- three Wimbledon and one US Open final. Intriguingly, the Swiss Maestro won all the four finals.

Besides this, the two also met at the Canadian Open 2004 and Cincinnati Masters 2005 finals. This time too, it was Federer who ended on the winning side. However, surprisingly, it was Roddick who won their last battle that took place in the first round of the Miami Open 2012.

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Roger Federer is about to undergo a knee surgery soon. Fans still have huge expectations from him and want him to play as long as possible. Will he be able to win one more Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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