OKBET BALL SPORTS : Roger Federer, who has spent the last 24 years on the ATP Tour and won 20 Grand Slam championships and 103 tournaments worldwide, competed in his last professional match on Friday night, teaming up with old adversary Rafael Nadal in doubles at the fifth Laver Cup.
Emotional Roger Federer Farewells
Despite losing to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, the match he and Nadal played in was as exciting as anybody could have hoped. This is what went down:
We just weren’t able to seal the deal.
This wasn’t supposed to happen, but now it has. Both Federer and Nadal had match points at 9-8 in the decisive tiebreak, but neither of them could convert. The pair of Sock and Tiafoe eventually won the 11-9 tiebreak.
The match ended with Federer saying, “It’s been a beautiful day,” on the court. I told the boys that I’m not depressed, but rather ecstatic. To me, this is cause for joy and celebration. It’s perfect; it’s just what I wanted.
It’s hardly a happy conclusion, but that’s beside the point. Quite the match, and quite the career for Federer and Simon Cambers.
Next up, the tiebreaker
In the second set, the Americans won thanks to a fantastic tiebreak performance. A 10-point tiebreaker will determine Federer’s last encounter. To be more precise: cambers.
Federer and Nadal win the first set.
The most interesting moments have occurred during the transitions, such as when one guy took off ten or so shirts to the tune of Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony.”
Team World threatens to break serve in Nadal’s first service game, but Federer saves the point with a smash and then extends his lead to 5-4 with a volley winner. Federer then hits two solid groundstrokes to win the opening set and the match 6-4 against Chambers.
That was the craziest part!
Probably not even Federer has tried this before. Passing shot past the net at 1-1, 40-15 on his serve. Although he is down a point, he still serves. Should he actually hang it up?
My eye is OK at the moment. “I checked, and it went through,” he stated afterward.
On the giant television screen during the handoff, his opponents and relatives are paying respect. This is going to be really hard for Federer to get through without completely losing it and crying.
While there isn’t a full-on carnival atmosphere, the audience certainly gets into it if Federer or Nadal do something. Remember that Federer and Stan Wawrinka won the 2008 Olympic doubles gold medal and that Nadal and Marc Lopez won the 2016 Olympic doubles gold medal. Both Sock and Tiafoe will have to work hard to achieve their goals. – Cambers
The time has come, and now it officially does
With Alex de Minaur’s victory against Murray after almost two and a half hours, the first night match ended, and we are now set for Federer’s last encounter. In attendance are several famous people, including (but not limited to) Hugh Grant, Anna Wintour, Bear Grylls, Stan Smith, and (we can only assume) Rod Laver. For two years, Stefan Edberg was Roger Federer’s coach, therefore he’s the perfect person to flip the coin.
There are loud cheers for every shot Federer makes, not just winners. He intended it to be a party, and it turned out to be just that. Inclinations (or Cambers)
Ready to get going
The opening match of the night, between Murray and de Minaur, went on for far longer than anticipated; at 81 minutes, the first set alone was a major reason why Federer and Nadal were late on the court. While the delay undoubtedly affected Federer emotionally, it did allow for some unforgettable moments between the two legends as they watched the match from the dressing room. D. Archy Maine
Finishing up the preparations
A look back at #TeamFedal’s past
Though Federer and Nadal have played on the same court numerous times throughout the years, this is just their second time teaming up in doubles. They’ll be battling Sock and Sam Querrey for the first time on Friday, just as they did at the first Laver Cup in 2017.
Federer said throughout the competition that he and Nadal had only ever trained together once in their whole careers. Even though both players had played and won their singles matches earlier in the day, it was no surprise that the tandem would come out on top, winning in straight sets (6-4, 1-6, 10-5). There were plenty of moments to remember forever, and many more to make you smile, give a high five, or want to create an animated GIF.
Nadal said after the game that he was excited about the relationship since it was something he had been hoping for for a while.
Having the opportunity to play with Roger is “a great pleasure” and “something I wanted to make happen at some time,” Nadal added. “I think today would have been perfect for it, no?” — Maine
Last match for Federer
After acknowledging that his rehabilitation from right knee surgery in 2021 had not been as excellent as he had planned, Federer announced his retirement from tennis last week.
It means the end of an era for one of the sport’s greatest male players. Federer dominated men’s tennis for many years, winning eight Wimbledon championships, six Australian Opens, five US Opens, and one French Open.
On Thursday, the 41-year-old said he was looking forward to playing with Nadal, whom he has played 40 times, including in nine Grand Slam finals. He expects to play exhibition matches in the future and has committed to remain connected to tennis.
Federer acknowledged that playing with Rafa added an extra unique dimension to their matches. Weird things are happening here. It’s been incredible for me to step foot on the court and compete against other greats like Rafa and Novak in the past. I can only imagine how amazing it will be to have this opportunity once again. I promise to do my best. I’m going to do my best to do well in the real world. Yes, it will be challenging, but I know I will appreciate the experience.
Nadal has shown his impatience with the delay.
Being a part of this historic event, “after everything we had together on and off the court,” he remarked, “is going to be something spectacular, memorable for me.” Inclinations (or Cambers)
Collectively, the Big Four
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray are all playing against one another in the Laver Cup.
The foursome has reached a combined total of ten Grand Slam finals and won a total of sixty-six Grand Slam championships and three hundred and twenty-nine tournaments.
Having them on his side was a welcome change, Federer remarked.
I’m ecstatic to have them on our team, my squad, and not have to OKBET play against them in my last match, he said.
On Friday, before Federer and Nadal play doubles, Murray agreed to play.
According to him, “playing in the night session before Roger and Rafa is going to be incredibly amazing,” because of the electric vibes that will permeate the stadium. Inclinations (or Cambers)
Can World Team finally win?
Four times before, Bjorn Borg’s Team Europe has defeated John McEnroe’s Team World.
Team Europe won 13-11 in 2019, although they were huge favorites after beating Team World 14-1 in 2018.
Although McEnroe is aware of the expectations placed on him, he believes that he may have a chance to succeed because to the presence of talented players like Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, and Felix Auger-Aliassime in his starting lineup.
McEnroe expressed optimism to the London Evening Standard by saying, “Bjorn’s got a great squad, but you’ve got Roger announcing his retirement, Andy battling to get back to as healthy as previously, and Rafa’s wife back at home expecting a baby, so that gives us some hope.” Inclinations (or Cambers)
Laver Cup, Year One
On Friday, a victory is worth one point, on Saturday it’s worth two points, and on Sunday it’s worth three points. There are four matches each day: three singles and one doubles. If the score is tied after four matches, a fifth match will be played to determine the winner.
The best two out of three sets wins, but the third set is decided by a 10-point tiebreak. Inclinations (or Cambers)