Laver Cup: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win opening set

Roger Federer is playing the last match of his glorious career at London’s O2 Arena. The 41-year-old Swiss is retiring after numerous knee issues in the previous three years. Thus, Roger ends his tennis journey, picking a perfect teammate to stand by his side in the final chapter of his professional career. Federer and Rafael Nadal are on the court against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, battling alongside each other for the second time in a career in one of the essential tennis matches in history! Nadal and Federer lead 6-4 after 42 minutes, defending a break point in the ninth game and breaking Tiafoe in the next one to wrap up the opener. Nadal served in the encounter’s opening game and held at 15 with a service winner. Tiafoe served well in game two to get Team World to the scoreboard. Federer hit the ball through the net in the third game and held at 30 to send the blue team in front again.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lead at the Laver Cup.

Sock quickly grabbed the fourth game, and they stayed locked at 4-4 after another series of good serving on both sides. The 22-time Major champion Nadal netted a backhand in the ninth game to experience the first break point. Federer denied it with a smash winner at the net and landed a winner two points later to push his team 5-4 ahead. Team Europe came from 40-15 down in the tenth point and earned a set point after Roger’s volley winner at the net. Two legends seized it after Sock’s error to claim the opener 6-4 and gain a boost after 42 minutes. 

“No doubt. I think it could be quite a unique situation if it were to happen for as long as we battled together always to have this respect for one another, the families and our coaching teams; we always got along well. For Rafa and me as well, to go through a career that we both have had and to come out on the other side and have an excellent relationship is a great message as well to not just tennis but sports and maybe even beyond. Therefore, I think it would be great to play alongside Rafa in my final match. I do not know if it’s going to happen, but I think it could be a special moment,” Roger Federer said on potential play alongside Rafael Nadal.