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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal team up for Laver Cup Final

For his final match at the Laver Cup, Roger Federer will team up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal.

The Laver Cup organisers announced on Thursday that Roger Federer will team up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal for the final match of his glittering career. On Friday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will compete in doubles with the Spaniard, who has won 22 majors.

Federer, whose most recent competitive match was a quarterfinal loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon last year, has been dealing with a knee injury and will not play singles in London. The Laver Cup is a team event in which Team Europe competes against Team World.

Bjorn Borg leads a six-man European team that includes 21-time major winner Novak Djokovic and three-time major winner Andy Murray. Team World, led by John McEnroe, includes Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Diego Schwartzman.

Federer, 41, announced last week that he would retire following the three-day Laver Cup.

On Wednesday, he stated that finishing his career with Nadal would be his ideal scenario. Federer said he and Nadal, 36, had always respected each other despite competing for the sport’s most prestigious trophies.

“For us as well to go through a career that we both have had and to come out on the other side and being able to have a nice relationship I think is maybe a great message as well to not just tennis but sports and maybe even beyond,” he said.

Federer’s place will be taken over the weekend by Italian Matteo Berrettini, Europe’s first alternate.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, one last time.

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