The latest chapter in the Federer-Nadal rivalry was written last month in the Australian Open when the two met each other in the final, where Federer took the match in five sets. But very soon, we could see the two legendary players team up with each other as doubles partners in the Laver Cup, as Federer admitted that he’d “always wanted to play with Rafa, just because our rivalry has been so special.”
The Laver Cup is a new addition to the international Tennis calendar, named after Rod Laver who was the last player to achieve a career grand slam in 1969. Federer made the statement about wanting to team up with Nadal at the unveiling of the new tournament, which is scheduled to be played in Prague in September. It will see a Bjorn Borg led European team against John McEnroe’s rest of the world team.
Federer, who said that he’d seen Nadal’s “wicked forehand” go past him “too often”, also said, “Rod Laver wants us to represent our part of the world with pride and play our best and win for our teammates. We will play to our best possibilities.” The Laver Cup will be held every year except an Olympic year, and will see four matches being played across three days – three matches in singles and one in doubles.
Both team Europe and team rest of the world will have six players each. Four will be picked based on the ATP singles rankings after Wimbledon, and two will be picked by the respective captains Borg and McEnroe.
It would certainly be interesting to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal team up with each other, after years of rivalry. They’re said to be good friends off the court too, and the video below is testimony to that!