How to watch Roger Federer’s last match at the Laver Cup

Live updates from Roger Federer’s doubles match with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup.

On Friday, 20-time Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer is set to play one last time on the ATP Tour, at the Laver Cup in London.

He won’t play singles. Instead, he will play doubles, partnering with long-time rival and friend Rafael Nadal on the pitch.

The Laver Cup pits six European players against six players from the rest of the world. The competition, sometimes compared to the Ryder Cup team golf tournament, is an opportunity to bring together players who usually play alone.

Federer and Nadal will play against two Americans, Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. The match is likely to take place around 8:30 p.m. London time at the earliest (3:30 p.m. EST), as it is not expected to start until after a singles match between Andy Murray and Alex de Minaur (19 p.m. in London, 2 p.m. Eastern).

Federer helped create the Laver Cup and turn it into a touring event, although on Friday the competition as a whole will take a back seat to allow fans to get one last look at Federer, who hasn’t not played since Wimbledon last year. The scene is sure to produce several memorable moments.

Here are a few things to know about the game:

In the United States, The Tennis Channel will broadcast the Laver Cup. In Canada, it will be on TVA Sports. ESPN will broadcast the tournament in many Latin and Central American countries. Eurosport will broadcast the matches in Europe except in France, where viewers will have the competition via beIN Sports. Federer will appear in court during the night session in London on Friday.

There are 12 players competing in the Laver Cup. Three players from each team qualify based on their ATP singles ranking on the Monday after Roland-Garros.

Three other players are selected from each team as “captain’s choice”. John McEnroe is the captain of Team World and Bjorn Borg is captain of Team Europe.

This year, Team World will be represented by Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada, Diego Schwartzman from Argentina, Alex de Minaur from Australia and Americans Taylor Fritz, Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. Tommy Paul of the United States is an alternate for Team World and Patrick McEnroe, John’s brother, is the team’s vice-captain.

Between them, the players representing the European team hold more than 60 Grand Slam titles. They are Novak Djokovic from Serbia, Nadal from Spain, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, Federer from Switzerland, Casper Ruud from Norway and Andy Murray from Great Britain. Matteo Berrettini of Italy is the European team’s substitute, and Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, a former player who peaked in the top five, is the team’s vice-captain.

The Laver Cup is a combination of singles and doubles matches over three days. Matches are in two sets, and if the match is tied at one set each, a winner is determined using a 10-point tiebreaker – first to 10 points while winning by two wins the match.

Each player plays at least one singles match on the first two days of the competition, and no player may play a singles match more than twice during the tournament. At least four of the six players on a team play doubles.

Federer got an exception to allow him to play doubles once.

Federer has a special relationship with the Laver Cup; it was created by TEAM8, the agency that represents it.

Tony Godsick, Federer’s agent, said Federer wanted to do something special to honor Rod Laver, the Australian tennis star who won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, including the calendar year Grand Slam (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open). all in one year) in 1962 and 1969.

This year’s Laver Cup will take place in London at the O2 Arena, an indoor venue that can hold up to 20,000 people. The competition alternates each year between cities in Europe and the rest of the world.

Last year, the tournament was held at TD Garden, home of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and NHL’s Bruins. Next year’s Laver Cup will be held in Vancouver at Rogers Arena, home of the Canucks, and the competition will move to Berlin in 2024 at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The first team to reach 13 points wins the Laver Cup. On the first day of competition, a match won is worth one point. On day 2, a game won is worth two points and on day 3, each game is worth three points.

If the teams are tied at 12 points each, they will play one final game on Sunday for the title.

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