Emotional Roger Federer wishes to ‘go on forever’ as he prepares to retire from tennis
A historic night awaits tennis in London as Roger Federer bids farewell to the game and plays the final match of his career with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup. Federer, who will go down as perhaps the greatest champion in tennis history, will retire from the game at the age of 41 and the moment will bring the game and his rivals together at the O2 Arena.
Federer’s wish to play his great rival Nadal in the final has been granted, setting up a special occasion with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also competing for Team Europe. She will face Team World, which is led by John McEnroe and has lost all four previous editions of the matchplay-style event.
Three singles matches will be played before tonight’s doubles. Kasper Ruud beat Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7 (10-7) in the day’s opener, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 6-2, 6-1 win over Diego Schwartzman to double Europe’s lead. done
However, the match was overshadowed by a bizarre climate change protest in which a man set his arm on fire on court while wearing a T-shirt that read: “End UK Private Jets”. do”.
Murray faces Alex de Minaur as the eyes of the world focus on Federer for the last time and the Swiss ends his legendary career. Follow live updates from the opening day of the Laver Cup, below:
Laver Cup 2022: *Andy Murray 0-2 Alex de Minor
Well done from D minor. A biting backhand down the line lands a winner before Murray pushes the forehand long.
Federer, Djokovic and Nadal watch from the European benches.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 19:30
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 0-1 Alex de Minor*
A curious start from Murray. A double fault is followed by an ace, before D Minor clears overhead after Murray lifts a high to the ceiling.
Both players find the trap. It goes to deuce, where Murray repeatedly hits lets, and then swings a forehand. De Minaur gets a look at a break point, but Murray hangs on. He looks to catch De Minaur out with a drop shot, but the Australian hits the winner!
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 19:27
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 0-0 Alex de Minor*
Murray will serve to get us started. Remember, the Laver Cup format is best of three sets, but the third set is a tiebreaker if the opening two are split!
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 19:21
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray vs Alex de Minaur
A good match-up, this. Murray will be unveiled in front of his home crowd and the start of the Laver Cup. De Minaur is a fantastic player to watch, beating both Jack Draper and Liam Brodie at Wimbledon this summer. Can he add a third Brit?
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 19:18
Laver Cup 2022
The introduction of Team Europe is something else, however. Matteo Berrettini is very popular, but the cheers go up, and up, and up. You think it’s big in Murray, but then there’s Djokovic, Nadal, and… finally – Federer.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 19:10
Laver Cup 2022
Introductions begin before the night session begins with Team World. They are led by their captain, the one and only John McEnroe.
As they did in the previous session, Francis Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime received the biggest plaudits. Taylor Fritz, Diego Schwartzman, Alex De Minaur and Jack Sock round out the team.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 19:04
Laver Cup 2022: Roger Federer sent a message before the final match
“I’ve done it thousands of times, but this feels different. Thanks to everyone who came tonight. “
Federer will be introduced to the court around 9pm, but it could be a little earlier or later depending on how Murray’s match goes.
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 18:58
Laver Cup 2022: Serenity before Roger Federer’s final match
There is something very attractive about the Laver Cup, the Reds, along with the Blues against different teams and opponents, bring a collective effort.
Tonight is a special occasion, of course, so it probably doesn’t matter: but what the Laver Cup really needs to be part of the tennis schedule is some competition.
Europe ran it 14-1 last year. They have won four tournaments in a row. They have taken a 2-0 lead in the opening afternoon.
Now, the world needs to respond. Alex de Minaur has the game to beat many of the top players on tour, and should be the favorite against Murray, while Jacques Sock and Francis Tiafoe will really fancy their odds against Federer and Nadal, I think. It seems
Could we see an upset on this historic night?
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 18:56
Laver Cup 2022: Federer, Nadal eye rivals in ‘beyond iconic’ clash
Jacques Sock and Francis Tiafoe are relishing their roles as pantomime villains in Friday night’s “Beyond Iconic” doubles clash with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Sock, more of a doubles specialist these days, and Tiafoe represent a serious challenge to the superior Team Europe pairing.
“Obviously tomorrow night is going to be a great, evening doubles match. I’m excited to be a part of it with my boy Pho by my side,” Souk said.
Tiafoe added: “I’m excited to play two new players tomorrow! should be good No, it’s going to be symbolic to be a part of it. Both guys are absolute legends, and obviously this is Roger’s last dance.
“We’re definitely looking to win.”
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 18:49
Laver Cup 2022: Nadal happy to play role in ‘historic’ Federer exit
Rafael Nadal is used to the pressure but will still be feeling the nerves when he lines up alongside Roger Federer for the Swiss great’s final match.
“After all the amazing things we shared together on and off the court, it will be amazing, unforgettable for me to be a part of this historic moment,” Nadal said.
“Everything is getting difficult to handle, especially for Roger, no doubt. For me, too. You know, one of the most important players in my tennis career, if not the most important player, is finally leaving.
“I’m going to do my best in every way I can to help make this moment even more special than it’s going to be.”
Jamie Braidwood23 September 2022 18:32