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Murray backs Federer as future Laver Cup captain

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Andy Murray backed Roger Federer as future Laver Cup captain after Bjorn Borg said a sixth edition in Vancouver next year could be his last.

Federer said goodbye to professional tennis at a tournament in London over the weekend, playing doubles alongside great contender Rafael Nadal on Friday in his losing final competitive match.

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Team Europe was defeated 13-8 by Team World in a Ryder Cup-style tournament that saw the 41-year-old Federer denied one final trophy, but the captain’s vacancy will open when Sweden’s great Borg retires.

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Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slams in his illustrious career, said he has no immediate plans after hanging up his racquet, but it is likely that he will want to continue in the Laver Cup he helped create.

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“I’m sure Roger will continue to be involved in the tournament to some extent and possibly become team captain one day,” Murray said.

“Look, he’s great on the side (training). He watches tennis a lot, he likes the game. players.”

Murray made his Laver Cup debut at London’s O2, joining fellow Big Four members Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the European Team.

Djokovic expressed hope that Federer will take up coaching.

“I think Roger has a lot to offer,” he said. “I mean… it’s reasonable to expect him to actually be able to share so many useful and valuable things with anyone.

“If he ever thinks about it, I’m sure he will contribute a lot to the improvement of this player, whether male or female, in all aspects on and off the court.

“He is unquestionably one of the greatest players to have played the game, the way he has played it, with his style and ease.”

Both Murray and Djokovic were defeated on the final day to prevent Federer’s dream final, which saw the world team win the inaugural Laver Cup by five points.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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