Roger Federer can now unwind and enjoy the company of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray after competing against them for more than 18 years. Federer, who faced them frequently on the Tour, collected his greatest competitors for a memorable weekend in London before calling it a career at the age of 41.
On Friday at London’s O2 Arena, Roger will compete in his final professional match when he and Rafael Nadal take on Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. Prior to the gala dinner, Roger, Andy, Novak, and Rafa spent a night out in London floating on the Thames.
Since the beginning of 2020, Federer has missed over three years of competition due to a knee ailment, competing in just six tournaments. The Swiss player underwent three procedures to relieve the discomfort and prolong his career, but after failing to train injury-free, he chose to retire from tennis.
The Laver Cup proved to be the ideal retiring venue because it brought together and included his most noteworthy competitors. Federer was a founding member of the Laver Cup and captained Team Europe in three of the competition’s four years.
On Thursday night, Roger Federer had fun with his fiercest competitors.
In Prague in 2017, Roger faced off against Sam Querrey in his maiden Laver Cup encounter. He quickly won with only six games lost and later that day played on the same court as his famous adversary Rafael Nadal for the first time.
The top players in the world defeated Jack Sock and Sam Querrey 6-4, 1-6, 10-5. The amazing pair ran out of steam in the second set and won just one game. They pushed through the match tie break to win the historic contest, though, because they were so driven to do it.
On the third day, Roger defeated Nick Kyrgios in a thrilling match to seal Team Europe’s triumph and share the first championship with his teammates. On the first day of the second edition, which took place in Chicago in 2018, Federer teamed up with Novak Djokovic.
The following day, Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios in singles after they fell in the match tie break to Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock. On day three, Team Europe had two matches and defeated John Isner in a nail-biter before Alexander Zverev put them over the top.
In Geneva 2019, Roger won two singles matches in front of the home crowd, helping Team Europe capture its third championship in as many competitions. The London crowd will have the opportunity to see Federer for the final time in the official matches on Friday night. Federer missed the 2021 Laver Cup due to an injury.