Roger Federer pairs with tennis legend for final

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Roger Federer’s famous tennis Career will come to an epic conclusion on Friday.

The Swiss legend will join forces Rafael Nadal in doubles on Friday in the last game of Federer’s career. He will compete for Team Europe against Team World duo of US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock at the Laver Cup.

The 41-year-old Federer hasn’t been on the pitch for quite a while after knee surgeries. His third knee operation in about a year and a half took place in July, so the setbacks he’d endured trying to get back on the pitch in good health just wasn’t enough. He announced his retirement via social media last week.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal (C) reacts after a point against Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) and American philanthropist Bill Gates during their doubles tennis match at The Match in Africa at Cape Town Stadium on February 7, 2020 in Cape Town.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal (C) reacts after a point against Switzerland’s Roger Federer (L) and American philanthropist Bill Gates during their doubles tennis match at The Match in Africa at Cape Town Stadium on February 7, 2020 in Cape Town.
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“You’re trying to get to the next level in training and I sensed it was going to be difficult,” he explained. “… Then I guess I got more tired too, because you have to try harder to somehow believe it was going to turn around. You become too pessimistic. Then I also got a scan back, which I didn’t want. At some point you sit down and say, ‘Okay, we’re at a crossroads here, at a crossroads, and you have to turn. Where is that?’ “

The partnership with Nadal appeared to be months in the making.

Federer said in February that Nadal sent him a message to play doubles together again. Athletes teamed up at the inaugural Laver Cup in 2017 to win a doubles.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during the Men's Singles Quarterfinals match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in Wimbledon on July 7, 2021 in London.

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during the Men’s Singles Quarterfinals match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in Wimbledon on July 7, 2021 in London.
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“If we could possibly share the court again as a doubles pair, it would be a really special experience for both of us at this stage in our careers,” Nadal said in February.

Federer and Nadal played 40 times against each other, Nadal played 26 times. Federer won his last showdown of 2019.

“It could be quite, I don’t know, a unique situation if it happened,” Federer said on Thursday before the pairing became official. “For us too, maybe it’s a great message to not just play tennis, but to go through a career that we both had and come out on the other side and be able to have a nice relationship but sport and maybe even beyond.”

Team Europe's Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (right) during a press conference ahead of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena, London on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Team Europe’s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (right) during a press conference ahead of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena, London on Thursday 22 September 2022.
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Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles in men’s singles in two decades of exceptional tennis. Nadal holds the men’s record with 22 Grand Slams. And at the age of 36, Nadal continues to push to improve on that record.

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