Rafael Nadal expects a tough match when he and Roger Federer play Jack Sock and Francis Tiafon at the Laver Cup.
Tiafoe recently claimed a singles victory over Nadal after knocking the Spaniard out of the US Open, but the match marks Federer’s farewell to competitive tennis.
Nadal said he hopes to deliver a win for Team Europe and give his rival and great friend a well-deserved red card.
“Honestly, it’s going to be a tough match to handle,” Nadal told Aerosport.
“Let’s see how it turns out, but I hope to help in some small way to make the final match even more special.”
“I think it’s going to be an unforgettable experience, and I’m proud and happy to be next to him on this special occasion.”
Nadal says it will be a sad day for tennis as he prepares to say goodbye to Roger Federer.
“From the beginning we always had a very easy and positive relationship,” Nadal said.
“I don’t know, but from the beginning I feel the feelings have been positive. In fact, they have grown better over the years.
“In some ways, when you have a rivalry like ours, we’ve played an exhibition for our foundation, we’ve shared important moments in the history of this sport.
“We’ve been together on and off the court, in the council for a long time. So we were able to build this relationship in a very positive way.
“He is without a doubt a good example for everyone and for me personally.
“It’s a sad season, but that’s how it is. That’s life, and the only thing I wish for it is the best. The best of the best in everything he does.
He deserves: health, family, success. Everything.
Sock will meet with Casper Ruud in the first round of the game twice on the opening day of the Laver Cup.
Team Europe’s Stephen Tsitsipas takes on Diego Schwartzman in the second match of the afternoon session, while the evening session opens with Andy Murray taking on Aussie speed demon Alex de Minaur.
Nadal and Federer will close out the evening session on day one of the Laver Cup as the Swiss, the last 20-time Grand Slam winner, competes.
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