Roger Federer celebrates his Laver Cup farewell: all the news and developments

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

date match Time (CET) player
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 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.

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