Roger Federer’s final match at the Laver Cup: when and what to watch

On Friday, 20-time Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer will play his final match on the ATP Tour during the Laver Cup in London.

He doesn’t play singles. Instead, he will play doubles, teaming up with his longtime on-court rival and friend Rafael Nadal.

The Laver Cup will pit 6 players from Europe against 6 players from the rest of the world. Sometimes compared to the team-based Ryder Cup golf tournament, the tournament is a chance for players who normally play alone to come together.

Federer and Nadal will face two Americans, Francis Tiafoe and Jack Sock. Matches will not start until after the singles match between Andy Murray and Alex De Minaur (7pm and 2pm in London), so the match will not start until around 8:30pm London time (3pm ET) at the earliest. 1:30). east).

Federer helped found the Laver Cup and turned it into a touring event, but on Friday the entire tournament was put on the back burner so fans could get one last glimpse of Federer, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year. increase. It is a stage that creates many memorable moments.

A few things to know about the match:

In the US, The Tennis Channel will air the Laver Cup. In Canada, it airs on TVA Sports. ESPN will broadcast the tournament in many Latin and Central American countries. Eurosport will televise the matches in Europe, with the exception of France, where viewers get the competition through his beIN Sports. Federer is set to take to the court at the night session in London on Friday.

There are 12 players in the Laver Cup. His three players from each team will qualify based on the ATP singles rankings on the Monday after the French Open.

Three other players are selected for each team as “captain’s picks”. Team World captain John McEnroe and Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg.

This year’s Team World will be represented by Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, Australia’s Alex De Minaur, and Americans Taylor Fritz, Jack Sock and Francis Tiafoe. USA’s Tommy Paul is Team World’s alternate, and John’s brother Patrick McEnroe is the team’s vice-captain.

During that time, the players representing Team Europe have held more than 60 Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Nadal of Spain, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, Federer of Switzerland, Casper Ruud of Norway and Andy Murray of Great Britain. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini is Team Europe’s alternate, while Sweden’s Thomas Enqvist, a former player who peaked in the top five, is the team’s vice-captain.

The Laver Cup is played over three days with a mix of singles and doubles. The match will be played in two sets and if the match is tied in one set, a 10 point tiebreaker will be used to determine the winner.

Each player must participate in at least one singles match during the first two days of the tournament and may not participate in more than one singles match during the duration of the tournament. At least four of his six players on the team play doubles.

Federer was given an exception to play in doubles once.

Federer has a special relationship with the Laver Cup. It was created by TEAM8, the agency that represents him.

Federer’s agent, Tony Godsick, said Federer wanted to do something special to honor Rod Laver (all in one year in 1962 and 1969).

This year’s Laver Cup will be held at the O2 Arena in London. This indoor venue can accommodate up to 20,000 people. The competition rotates every year between European cities and the rest of the world.

Last year, it was held at TD Garden, home of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Bruins. Laver next year’s Cup will be held at Rogers Arena, home of the Canucks in Vancouver. Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Arena in 2024.

The first team to score 13 points wins the Laver Cup. On the first day of the competition, a match win is worth him one point. On day 2 he gets 2 points per win and on day 3 he gets 3 points per win.

If the teams are tied at 12 points each, there will be one final game for the title on Sunday.

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