Rafael Nadal Sends Wishes to His Team at Roger Federer’s Event Laver Cup 2021

Published 09/24/2021, 3:42 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)


One of the main reasons which excited tennis fans to follow the Laver Cup when it launched in 2017 was that they could see tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and others compete together instead of against each other.

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 23: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe react during there doubles match against Jack Sock and Sam Querrey of Team World on Day 2 of the Laver Cup on September 23, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Having successfully completed three editions, the tournament reached the TD Garden in Boston, hoping for a successful fourth year. In all the previous editions, at least one of the Big-3 members were part of Team Europe’s rooster.

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For the first time, the Laver Cup is being played without Djokovic, Nadal, or Federer. While the world no.1 is currently resting at home, both Nadal and Federer are in rehab mode after putting an end to their 2021 season.

Surprising one and all, Roger Federer showed up at the TD Garden on Friday morning and gave interviews alongside agent Tony Godsick and Team World’s captain John McEnroe. Few days before the event, the Swiss star expressed his desire to be fully fit for the 2022 Laver Cup to be held in London.

“Vamos Team Europe”: Rafael Nadal sends wishes ahead of Laver Cup 2021

Besides the exhibition event being his brain child, Federer gives a lot of significance to these three days and one can expect the Swiss Maestro to continue his association with the tournament post-retirement as well.

While Federer was present at the TD Garden, his friend and rival Rafael Nadal also sent out his best wishes to Team Europe. The Spaniard wrote, “Vamos Team Europe” on his Instagram stories with a photo of his celebration alongside Federer during the inaugural edition in 2017.

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To be played across three days, the Laver Cup will have the crowd slightly favoring Team World over Team Europe and the same was evident during the first matchup between Casper Ruud and Reilly Opelka.

Despite trying his best to stay ahead of Ruud, Opelka couldn’t hold up the intensity his opponent had, especially from the baseline. After losing the first set, the American took the next one to a tie-breaker, where Ruud displayed exceptional serving and managed to clinch the match in straight sets.

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With this victory, Team Europe gets one point. The second match during the day session will feature Matteo Berrettini taking on Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Despite not having Big-3, this exhibition can still display merit with the likes of Nick Kyrgios, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov, and other talented players from both the teams.

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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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