In response to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal said, “It’s an honor.”

When they take the court at London’s O2 Arena on Friday night, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will make headlines. At the Laver Cup, where he would play his final match of his career, Federer requested Rafael Nadal as his doubles partner.

The Spaniard expressed his gratitude for the honor and expressed his eagerness to share the court with his great foe one last time. Since the beginning of the previous two years, Roger has been dealing with a knee problem. He started feeling unwell in 2019 and will cease playing after the 2020 Australian Open.

After Melbourne, Federer had his first knee surgery, and the second operation caused him to miss the remainder of the year. In March 2021, Roger made a comeback and competed in Doha and Geneva before winning three matches at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal considers it a privilege to play this week alongside Roger Federer.

In order to preserve his knee for his favourite grass swing, the Swiss withdrew before the fourth round. Even yet, the discomfort troubled him, and the future did not seem promising for the 20-time Major champion.

Federer entered Wimbledon with low expectations after failing to get to the quarterfinals at Halle for the first time in his career. The Swiss turned back time at the All England Club, outlasted four opponents, and advanced to the Open era’s oldest Wimbledon quarterfinalist ever!

In the eighth round, Roger met Hubert Hurkacz and lost 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 in one hour and 48 minutes. The third set of that match was Roger’s first bagel match since the 2008 Roland Garros final, and he felt awful on the court.

A few weeks later, the Swiss performed the third procedure in the hopes that they would heal and play without injuries in 2022. The grand champion decided to end his career at the Laver Cup since that was impossible. Rafael Nadal has been selected by Roger Federer to be his doubles partner in his lone match in London.

After doing so at the 2017 Laver Cup in Prague, Federer and Nadal will so share the same side of the court once more. On a momentous night five years ago, two legendary champions defeated Jack Sock and Sam Querrey by scores of 6-4, 1-6, and 10-5.

With just one break, Roger and Rafa won the first set, but they fell behind in the second. In the match tie break, the Europeans had to restart after being broken twice by the Americans. Federer and Nadal amassed a sizable lead and sealed the victory at 9-5 to enjoy a remarkable triumph.