Laver Cup Flashback: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer write history

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer make history

The upcoming Laver Cup will be the last chance to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the pitch together. Until the first edition of the Laver Cup in Prague in 2017, two great rivals never had the opportunity to compete against each other.

Thirteen and a half years after they first met on the tour, Roger and Rafa teamed up on Saturday 23 September and faced Jack Sock and Sam Querrey. Team Europe achieved a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 triumph in an hour and 19 minutes to a massive celebration.

Federer and Nadal sent Team Europe 9-3 ahead of the remaining four clashes scheduled for Sunday. Two Legends lost momentum in the second set before bouncing back in the match tiebreak to take home the win. Jack and Sam did their best to challenge the mighty opponents, facing just one break point in the opening set and outplaying Roger and Rafa in the second set.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer scored the double in Prague 2017.

The Americans created nine break chances and only used two in the second set. Federer and Nadal raced 8-1 in the match tie-break and brought the win home.

Sock landed a forehand winner in game three of the opening game, and Federer hit a volley winner in the next game to make it 2-2. Roger held after deuce in game six, and he and Rafa went in with a break in the next game after Jack’s double fault Guide.

Nadal served in game eight and experienced four break points. He and Roger refused to take the game home and open a 5-3 lead. The Swiss held at 30 with a service winner in game ten to take the opener 6-4 in 40 minutes and send the 35-time Major champion closer to the finish line.

Suddenly their magic vanished in the second set as they were inferior to the Americans. Querrey and Sock took charge from the baseline and at net to extend the advantage and create a boost. Nadal was broken in the fourth game after Socks’ deep return and the Americans held 4-1 at 30 in the next game.

Querrey netted a volley winner in game six to steal Federer’s serve and put his team 5-1 ahead. Sam fired a smash winner in game seven, and Team World finished the set in style to boost confidence. Federer and Nadal started over in the match tie-break and went 5-1 up after Socks’ double fault.

Federer landed a perfect volley winner at the net to take an 8-1 lead and bring Team Europe closer to the finish line. The Americans grabbed four of the following five points and reduced the gap to 9:5. Nadal and Federer took the 15th point to seal the deal and start a big celebration with the rest of the blue squad.

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