Australian Open 2022 Champion and 21 time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will be teaming up with fellow Tennis Legend and 20 time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer for Team Europe as they take on Team World in a bid to retain the Laver Cup for a fifth successive time.
Good Old Fe-dal! Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set to team up for 2022 Laver Cup
The Tennis Superstar Legends have confirmed they will teaming up later this year for the fifth edition of the Laver Cup in September
The 35 year old Spaniard Nadal, stunned many fans across the world in an epic Australian Open final on Sunday night, after coming back from two sets down to beat the World Number two - Russian, Daniil Medvedev and become the first man in history to win 21 Grand Slam titles ahead of Federer and Serbia's Novak Djokovic.
Swiss legend Roger Federer who was one of the first athletes to congratulate his great rival and friend, is delighted he will be joining him in London for the Laver Cup.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back into competition later this year and Laver Cup is very much part of my plan. It’s no secret that I love the event and I’m super excited to be returning to The O2 and to London, one of the greatest cities in the world.
Rafa is an incredible person and an inspiration to me and countless others around the world. He messaged me on social media after the Laver Cup in Boston last year suggesting we play doubles in London and I am definitely up for a Laver Cup ‘Fedal’ comeback!” said the 40 year old 20 time Grand Slam Champion.
Rafael Nadal has equally been part of the Laver Cup twice, in Prague and then again Geneva in 2019.
He and Federer paired up for their first and only doubles match together at the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague back in 2017, to the delight of fans who marvelled at the blend of experience of the long-time rivals becoming teammates.
However, they beat Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in three sets.
“I suggested to Roger we should play doubles together in London and he seems keen, so now we just need to persuade our captain Bjorn!
Roger has been a huge part of my career, a big rival and also a true friend.
To be part of Team Europe together is great and if we’re able to possibly share the court one more time as a doubles pairing then this would be a truly special experience for us both at this stage in our careers.”, Nadal said.
Named in honor of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the Laver Cup is played on a dramatic black court that will be constructed within The O2, a 20,000 seat arena.
The three-day team competition pits six of the best players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the World.
Since its inception six years ago, the Laver Cup has established itself as one of the most prestigious tennis events on the calendar, bringing together top-class tennis and entertainment for sports fans across the globe.