Roger Federer ‘tears’ expected after Rafa Nadal match as retirement reality sinks in | Tennis | Sport

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Casper Ruud has claimed that there will be some “tears” at the Laver Cup on Friday night when Roger Federer plays the final match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal. The world No 2 earned the first point of the tournament for Team Europe before ‘Fedal’ will bid to add to their scoreboard later on as the Swiss star’s retirement draws closer.

Federer will say farewell at London’s O2 Arena on Friday night as he partners Nadal for the first doubles match of the Laver Cup weekend, with the duo facing Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. And some of the pressure has been relieved from the former world No 1s as Ruud got Team Europe off to a winning start.

The 23-year-old needed a match tiebreak to defeat Sock – who is on double duty today – 6-4 5-7 [10-7] in the first match of the 2022 Laver Cup. And after getting Europe on the board with their first point, he previewed tonight’s historic match.

“It’s been all smiles and laughs so far but I’m sure there’ll be some tears when Roger steps off the court for the first time,” the world No 2 said in his on-court interview. “One of the greatest of all time, no matter what sport. Up there as one of the all-time greats, not just a tennis player.”

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