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Roger Federer sees dream mating with Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup for farewell match | tennis news

LONDON: Roger Federer said on Wednesday he wants to team up with his old rival Rafael Nadal for the final game of his career at the Laver Cup in London.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner announced last week that he was planning to retire after the tournament in London’s 02 arena, which begins Friday.
Federer, whose last league game last year was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz Wimbledon quarterfinals, is struggling with a knee problem.
He will play doubles on Friday evening, but will not play singles in London.
The Swiss does not yet know whether he can work with Nadal, but said that would be the dream scenario.
“Of course, without a doubt,” he said at a packed press conference. “I think it would be a pretty unique situation if it happened.
“As long as we competed together, there was always respect for each other — our families, our coaching teams, we always got along really well.
“Also for us to go through the careers we’ve both had and come out on the other side and have a nice relationship, I think maybe it’s a great message for not just tennis and sports, but maybe even beyond.
“That’s why it would be great. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but it would be a special occasion.”
Nadal, who holds the record for Grand Slam titles with 22, Novak Djokovic, who has won 21, and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray are all part of Team Europe.
Their opponents, Team World, include Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman.
Federer said he was happy to retire at the age of 41, but admitted it was a “bittersweet decision”.
“You always want to play forever,” he said. “I love being on the pitch, I love playing against the boys, I love traveling… I love my career from every angle.”

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