Roger Federer: ‘Heading to dinner with some friends’

After battling against them for over 18 years, Roger Federer can finally relax and enjoy the company of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Facing them numerous times on the Tour, Federer has gathered his greatest rivals for a memorable weekend in London, ending his career at 41. Roger will play his last professional match on Friday night at London’s O2 Arena when he and Rafael Nadal face Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. Before that, Roger, Andy, Novak and Rafa enjoyed a night out in London, sailing on the Thames ahead of gala dinner. Federer has been dealing with a knee injury for almost three years, playing only six tournaments since the start of 2020 and never fully recovered. The Swiss underwent three surgeries to remove the pain and extend his career, but he decided to finish his tennis journey after failing to train injury-free. The Laver Cup turned out to be a perfect retirement stage, gathering his most notable rivals and sharing the same team with them. Federer is one of the Laver Cup founders, and he led Team Europe in three out of four editions.

Roger Federer enjoyed with his great rivals on Thursday night.

Roger played his first Laver Cup match against Sam Querrey in Prague 2017. He lost only six games in a quick victory and shared the court with his great rival Rafael Nadal for the first time later that day. The world’s leading players scored a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory over Jack Sock and Sam Querrey. The fabulous duo lost momentum in the second set and claimed only one game. Still, they were super motivated to win this historical encounter, charging through the match tie break to bring the victory home. Roger prevailed over Nick Kyrgios in a thriller on the third day to confirm the victory for Team Europe and celebrate the inaugural crown with his teammates.

Federer joined forces with Novak Djokovic on the opening day of the second edition in Chicago 2018. They lost to Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock in the match tie break before Federer outplayed Nick Kyrgios in singles a day later. The Swiss played two matches on day three and took down John Isner in a thriller to keep Team Europe alive before Alexander Zverev sealed the deal for them. Roger scored two singles wins in front of the home fans in Geneva 2019, as Team Europe claimed the third title from three editions. Federer did not play the Laver Cup in 2021 due to an injury, and the crowd in London will have a chance to see him for the last time in the official matches on Friday night.