“Truly Special”: Roger Federer Recalls Sharing the Court With Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup

Published 09/23/2021, 3:37 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)


After an incredible US Open 2021, it’s time to witness some superb tennis at the Laver Cup 2021. Started by Roger Federer and his TEAM 8, even though the tournament didn’t take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has enjoyed tremendous success in its last three editions.

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Surprisingly, Roger Federer will miss the Laver Cup 2021. He is currently undergoing a knee surgery and thus, will not be able to compete in Boston. However, in a recent interview, the Swiss Maestro admitted that he would like to captain Team Europe one day and would love to continue getting involved with the Laver Cup in the future.

“I definitely see myself being involved. I’d love to be the captain one day. I think it’s a beautiful way of getting the rivals to coexist for a week together,” said Federer in the interview.

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Rod Laver and Roger Federer pose with the Laver Cup trophy. June 29, 2017 in Wimbledon, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Federer also talked about the positives of the Laver Cup. He stated that it gives even rivals a platform to come together and share the court. The 40-year-old also mentioned that although players don’t usually help each other, they get to even cheer for one another at the tournament.

“It really is truly fun and cool to share the locker room with these guys who you usually share it with, but don’t talk tactics and see how everybody prepares and actually support one another. Normally you don’t cheer against each other, but you don’t really mind if they win or lose. This time it’s very different,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Roger Federer opens up on playing doubles with Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup 2017

In the inaugural edition of the Laver Cup, fans witnessed something intriguing. It was for the first time when Federer and Nadal played doubles at any tournament. In the same interview, the Swiss Maestro remembered the incident and threw some light on it.

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Rafael Nadal of Team Europe speaks with teammate Roger Federer during a practice session ahead of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 19, 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)

“Of course, the doubles with Rafa was truly special because there was so much hype that came before it,” concluded the former World No.1.

Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have ended their 2021 season. However, fans have huge expectations from them and hope that they make a phenomenal comeback on the court soon. Will they play doubles yet again at the Laver Cup next year?

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