Bjorn Borg: 'Everybody wants to see Federer and Nadal in doubles together'

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2017

No one understands the jolting force of Rafael Nadal's twisting topspin forehand quite like Roger Federer.

The inaugural edition of tennis' Laver Cup, which will see the best players from Europe take on the Rest of the World, is set to begin in Prague tomorrow.

It should happen either Saturday or Sunday as part of the three-day global team competition. So, finally to have him on my side, it's a joy. "I hope we didn't wait too long, because we're too old now".

Joining Federer and Nadal in the Europe team are fellow top 10 players Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem with former number four Tomas Berdych making up the squad. The first Laver Cup will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 22 to 24 September 2017.

"Davis Cup for example", added the five-time Davis Cup victor, who captains Team World in the three-day Laver Cup starting on Friday.

Team World, skippered by John McEnroe, features four Americans - Frances Tiafoe, Sam Querrey, John Isner and Jack Sock as well as Australian crowd puller Nick Kyrgios and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.

In Friday's ties, Cilic will take on Tiafoe, Thiem faces Isner and Zverev will play against Shapovalov, before Nadal and Berdych take on Kyrgios and Sock in the doubles rubber, following Thursday's draw.

Each man on the six-player teams will contest at least one singles match during the first two days, and no competitor will play singles more than twice during the three days.

Federer called time on his 2016 season after Wimbledon due to a knee problem, forcing him to miss the US Open and the Olympics.

"We have a great team and the World Team has a great team, too", Nadal said. Because with the format that every day there is the value of the victories are more points, it's gonna be very, very interesting. If sets are split, the third will be decided by a 10-point tiebreaker.

The inaugural version of the tournament will pit the top six European players against the best six from around the world, sharing the same context as the Ryder Cup in golf.

Each match win will be worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on Sunday.

In the event of a 12-12 tie at the end of all matches, a fifth and decisive match will be played on Sunday will be played to determine the victor.

Federer and Nadal will play doubles together for Team Europe on either Saturday or Sunday. The 11-time Grand Slam champion has never taken up coaching because he doesn't like to travel anymore. "We'll walk around and go to all the bars and playgrounds with our kids. This time it's all about tennis".

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