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The European team before the Laver Cup in London Source: Twitter/Roger Federer LONDON – On Friday, the tennis Laver Cup will begin in London’s O2 arena, where the holder of twenty Grand Slam titles, Swiss Roger Federer, will say goodbye to his career. The selection of Europe will try to extend its invincibility against the rest of the world and succeed for the fifth time in a row in the three-day team competition. The prestigious tournament, which was initiated by Federer in honor of the legendary Rod Laver, culminates on Sunday. Forty-one-year-old Federer announced his decision to retire after the Laver Cup last week. Due to health problems with his knee, he will only play Friday’s doubles alongside his long-time rival Rafael Nadal from Spain. The opponent of the star couple, which has a total of 42 Grand Slam titles, will be the American pair of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. After that, Federer withdraws from the tournament and leaves the place to substitute Matteo Berrettini from Italy. The best part of #LaverCup: Rivals become teammates — Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 20, 2022 The eight-time Wimbledon champion wished to play the last duel alongside Spaniard Rafael Nadal. “I’m happy to finish here in London. This place has been special for me, maybe the most special with Wimbledon. I’ve played a lot of matches here and won a few times. It fits together. I’ve always enjoyed the support of the fans here,” Federer told the website of the competition. The Big Four In addition to Federer, Nadal and substitute Berrettini, the European selection is also represented by Serbian Novak Djokovic, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Norwegian Casper Ruud and British Andy Murray. The eleven-time Grand Slam champion Swede Björn Borg is the captain. “It will be crazy, but beautiful. Even more so when I have Novak, Rafa and Andy by my side. It almost looks like I organized it like that, but it’s not true. I’m glad that everyone wants to play,” he said Federer on long-time rivals. He looked up to Captain Borg since childhood. “The fact that Björn will be on the bench for my last match also resonated a lot. Having all these guys with me will make me not feel alone when I leave,” added Federer. Photo gallery (52) Source: SITA/AP/Kin Cheung The world team consists of Americans Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, Argentinian Diego Schwartzman and Australian Alex de Minaur. The substitute is the American Tommy Paul, the captain is his compatriot John McEnroe. This year’s Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios from Australia apologized for personal reasons. “It will be difficult for us. They have Novak and Rafa, who are among the most stable players in recent years. There is also Roger and Murray, who have been in the elite for almost twenty years. For a young player like me, it will be something special to play against these legends,” said 22-year-old Auger-Aliassime. On each day of the tournament, there will be three singles matches and one doubles match. It will be played for two winning sets, and instead of the third act, it will be a super tie-break. On Friday, there is a point for each game won, on Saturday two and Sunday duels are for three points. The first edition of the Laver Cup took place in 2017 in Prague. The Europeans then also triumphed in Chicago, Geneva and last year in Boston. At that time, they outclassed the opponent 14:1. Photo gallery for the article Number of photos: 52 Author: © Video list: YouTube/Laver Cup; Twitter/Laver Cup Source: ČTK



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