Roger Federer will partner Rafael Nadal for final match of his career

Roger Federer’s last appearance as a tennis professional will be a doubles match in partnership with his old rival Rafael Nadal. At a press conference in London on

Wednesday morning, Federer said that it would be “a special moment” if he and Nadal were to unite at the Laver Cup this weekend. To the dismay of fans who forked out

thousands for tickets to Sunday’s conclusion of the Laver Cup, Federer will instead make his last bow on Friday night. The line-up is set for Day 1 of #LaverCup

pic.twitter.com/HnulRs01KX— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 22, 2022 His appearance is likely to contradict the previous rules established by the Laver Cup, in which you

are obliged to play singles if you also want to appear on the doubles court. But this whole event is both Federer’s brainchild and his personal fiefdom. So arranging to bend

the rules and play doubles on behalf of Team Europe – which is captained by Bjorn Borg – was perhaps not such an onerous task as he made it sound. “Of course this is an

event, an ATP event that I don't want to mess with,” Federer told reporters at the O2 Arena in south-east London. “But at the same time, I know my limitations. This is why I asked

Bjorn if it was okay if I play maybe just one doubles, and I guess that one would have to be on Friday night. “Then I guess Matteo [Berrettini, the world No15 from Italy]

would come in for me and have to play on Saturday for me. Bjorn said obviously, ‘Of course, that's totally fine.’ Bjorn spoke to John [McEnroe, the Team World captain]  as well.

They spoke to the tournament and the ATP if that was okay and everybody said that was fine.