Roger Federer says goodbye: Friday night, the Swiss will play the last match of his professional career at the Laver Cup together with Rafael Nadal. We will keep you updated on all news and developments on the day!
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Roger Federer’s Laver Cup farewell: all the news and developments
Wednesday, 12.45: A legendary picture
“I’m going to dinner with some friends.” Federer said so in a tweet last night. But he doesn’t quite hit it After all, the picture shows 66 Grand Slam titles, 234 head-to-head matches – and a slim 933 weeks at the top of the world rankings.
Wednesday at 10.30: Federer on the GOAT debate
“People like to compare. I see it every day with my twins. You compare them without wanting to. You should never do that,” the Swiss told the news agency AP.
“Of course we do that in tennis too… I needed the challenges they needed me. We made each other better. That’s why we get to shake hands at the end and say, ‘That was incredible.’ “
And further: “I always say it’s wonderful to be part of this select group. How can you compare? What’s better if you win young or if you’re old? I have no idea. Is it better to win on clay or on grass? I don’t know.” But what he does know: “They are truly incredible and great in the sport and will go down in history as some of the – maybe THE – best.”
In his eyes, social media is responsible for the constant GOAT debates: “Everybody calls the other GAD, GAD, GAD … and I think to myself: really now? There can’t be that many GOATS under any circumstances.”
And what does he think about Nadal and Djokovic surpassing him in the Slams? “If they’ve passed you or if you’re not playing anymore, it doesn’t matter how many they win. As long as I was still a part of it or had my hand in the game, that was more important to me. I hope they all their goals. Hope I really do. Because it’s great for the sport and for their fans and their families. As long as they’re happy.”
Wednesday at 9.10: Federer takes his leave
“Sitting here like this, it feels good that I’m the first of the boys to go,” Federer said Thursday, along with Nadal (36), Djokovic (35) and Murray (35). “It just feels right.”
“Tomorrow will be very special and very difficult,” Nadal explained, “especially for Roger, of course. But also for me. After all, maybe the most important player in my tennis career is leaving, right?” Djokovic said: “We will do our best and play as well as we can, but at the same time celebrate his career because he deserves it.”
Laver Cup 2022: Schedule for Friday
|Fri 23 Sept||singles||14 pm||Casper Ruud vs Jack Sock|
|Fri 23 Sept||singles||after match 1||Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Diego Schwartzman|
|Fri 23 Sept||singles||8 p.m||Andy Murray vs Alex de Minaur|
|Fri 23 Sept||double||after match 3||Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal vs Frances Tiafoe/Jack Sock|
Wednesday, 8.50: Federer’s coach speaks
Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic said in an interview tennismajors.com talked about his protégé. The 2019 Wimbledon final was also discussed as the Swiss missed two match points against Djokovic and ended up losing in five sets.
“It wasn’t an epic tragedy, but it was still a shame because he played well and I was proud of him as a coach,” Ljubicic said. “He easily won two sets and was either better or equal in the other three sets. But well, throughout his career he has also won a lot of matches where he didn’t play his best tennis.”
And what can we expect from Federer at the Laver Cup? “I saw him practice and he was good, he hits the ball very well. Physically I can’t say, but it’s only a doubles match. I’m sure it will be a spectacle.”
Wednesday at 8.30: Federer threw Wimbledon 2019
At a press conference Thursday, the “Big Four” — Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray — looked back on their years together on the tour at a news conference. When asked which match against Federer they remembered, Djoker referred to his first Grand Slam final, the 2007 US Open, which he lost to Federer. “Thank you, very nice of you,” laughed the Swiss.
“I’m not done yet,” Djokovic joked – and a little later mentioned the 2019 Wimbledon final, which he won against Federer: “Sorry, Roger!” The defendant was unsuspecting: “What happened then? I suppressed it.”
Wednesday 8.15am: Murray describes himself as a “clown”
Scotsman Andy Murray was part of the “Big Four” with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic for many years – even though he “only” won three Grand Slams in singles compared to the three titans. The quartet is now reunited at the Laver Cup. And Murray took the chance to poke fun at himself.
After a training session at the London hall, he posted a photo on Instagram of himself and the three superstars and wrote: “The Big 3 and some #clown emoji”, which has so far cleared almost 200,000 likes. “What a privilege to be on the field with these guys one last time,” Murray said.
Wednesday, 08:00: Last Federer match with Nadal
Roger Federer will play the last match of his unique career with Rafael Nadal. The two long-time rivals form the European team doubles at the Laver Cup in London on Friday night. The organizers announced this on Thursday.
Federer had already expressed his desire to compete with Nadal beforehand. “I think it would be a very special situation if it came to that,” said the Swiss. Opponents are Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe from the USA.
Federer is back on court for the first time since losing the Wimbledon quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz a year ago, ending his career with 20 Grand Slam titles to his credit. He is surpassed only by the Serbian Novak Djokovic (21) and the Spaniard Nadal, who holds the record with 22 titles.
Laver Cup: How to watch the matches live on TV and live stream
Owns the broadcast rights to the Laver Cup in Germany Eurosport. The tournament’s matches are therefore at Eurosport 1 watch on free TV. At the same time, you have to be careful discovery+ and Eurosport Player for live streaming. Access to Eurosport Player, which is next door Eurosport 1 also Eurosport 2 included, but you only get it with a subscription. The costs for this are 6.99 euros per month.
because Eurosport also a collaboration with DAZN has, which allows everything Eurosport also shows on its two channels DAZN to broadcast, “Netflix des Sports” is another way to follow the matches of the Laver Cup live.
A paid subscription is also required for the DAZN live stream. This costs 29.99 euros per month or 24.99 euros per month for an annual subscription, but the streaming service also offers a lot of sports. In addition to tennis, the repertoire also includes football (including Champions League and Bundesliga), the American sports NFL and NBA, motor sports, cycling, handball, tennis, winter sports, WWE, boxing, MMA and much more.
Laver Cup 2022: The two teams
|Team Europe||Team World|
|Rafael Nadal [ESP/2]||Felix Auger-Aliassime [CAN/12]|
|Stefanos Tsitsipas [GRE/3]||TaylorFritz [USA/13]|
|Novak Djokovic [SRB/6]||Diego Schwartzman [ARG/17]|
|Casper Ruud [NOR/9]||Frances Tiafoe [USA/19]|
|Andy Murray [GBR/43]||Alex DeMinaur [AUS/22]|
|Roger Federer [SUI]||jack sock [USA/127]|
|Captain: Bjorn Borg [SWE]||Captain: John McEnroe|
|Vice Captain: Thomas Enquist [SWE]||Vice Captain: Patrick McEnroe|