BUTs legendary duo prepares for the last time to split the court, Rafael Nadal emotionally opened up about the game during the same period as Roger Federer.
when Team Europe compete in Laver Cup Friday night the two legends will play doubles Arena O2. Federer, who announced last week that he was retiring at the conclusion of the tag team tournament, will play his last professional game in this match.
The two met each other 40 times in their careers, and together they played a huge role. 42 Grand Slams. “Swiss Maestro” and “King of Clay”, despite fierce competition, remained good friends off the court.
Rafael Nadal spoke about farewell to Federer
Nadal shared his memories of competing in the same era as his friend on the eve of Federer’s farewell: “We always had a very easy and positive relationship from the very beginning,” he said. Eurosport.
“I don’t know, but from the very beginning I think the feelings were positive. They have even gotten better over the years. In a way, when you have a rivalry, like we had, we played exhibitions for our foundations, we shared important moments in the history of this sport,” Nadal said.
“On and off the court, we have been together on the board for a long time. So we were able to build that relationship in a very positive way,” he continued. “He was a very positive example for everyone, and for me personally, without a doubt.”
Defending Europe’s trophy could still depend on the duo’s doubles match on Friday as Bjorn Borg the men are aiming for a fifth win in a row. Nadal was also asked how difficult it would be to deal with the natural emotions that arise.
“Honestly, it will be a difficult match,” he said. “Let’s see how things develop, but I just hope to help a little to make his last match even more special.”
However, he is also happy to be part of the 41-year-old’s latest performance, stating, “I think it will be unforgettable and I’m just proud and happy to be there for him at this special moment. “