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Roger Federer plays final doubles match with Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup: How to watch, stream, TV channel, time

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Roger Federer is paired with Rafael Nadal as he plays the last ATP match of his career at the Laver Cup on Friday as they represent the European team. The draw, announced Thursday, sees them play against Americans Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World.

The event takes place in London, the same city where Federer registered eight Wimbledon singles titles, a record for men. The 20-time Grand Slam champion said he would only play one match, with 26-year-old Matteo Berrettini from Italy taking his place until the end of the competition. This is due to Federer’s ongoing injuries.

How to watch Federer/Nadal vs Soca/Tiafo

  • Date: 23 September
  • Time: *3:30 pm ET (after the end of the previous match)
  • Location: The O2 Arena in London
  • Watch: tennis channel
  • Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
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On Friday, Nadal and Federer will not be on the same side of the court for the first time. They played together at the very first Laver Cup in 2017 and Juice was also one of their rivals. They had only trained together once before because, as Federer said at the time, they were “always and forever rivals” as long as both were active.

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During their 2017 press conferenceNadal said the first Laver Cup was the “perfect” day to finally play together. Now it’s hard to argue with the fact that the same cannot be said about Friday’s match.

On the Thursday press conferenceNadal called their tennis relationship a “friendly rivalry” and said Federer’s departure would not be easy.

“Tomorrow will be special,” Nadal said. “I think it’s very difficult. No doubt it will be difficult to deal with everything, especially Roger, and me too. One of the most important players, if not the most important player in my tennis career, is leaving. it will be hard. Of course, I’m very excited and grateful to be playing with him.”

In total, Federer and Nadal have met 40 times in their careers, 14 of them at Grand Slam tournaments. They gave fans instant classics like the 2008 Wimbledon final.

Novak Djokovic, the third member of the “big three” of men’s tennis, will also take part this weekend. The Serbian veteran played 50 times against Federer. He said he understands that this weekend is a competition, but undoubtedly Federer is the most important storyline that everyone thinks about.

“Most of us have watched and admired Rogers’ successes and accomplishments… we will do our best to contribute to the team and perform well, but at the same time admire and celebrate his career because he deserves it in a great way.” Djokovic said.

Federer and Nadal will play Friday night, starting at 2:00 pm ET. Their match will most likely start around 4:00 pm ET. The match will be available on the Tennis Channel.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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