Roger Federer has confirmed the final match of his illustrious career will be in the doubles at the Laver Cup in London on Friday night.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner said last week he would retire at the team event, which starts at the 02 on Friday.
“It is clear that the most beautiful thing would be to play doubles here with Nadal, because it has been my great rivalry,” he said.
Speaking to reporters at London’s O2 Arena, where Federer twice won the ATP Finals title, the Swiss was emotional at times as he explained the decision to hang up his rackets.
Asked what his plans were for the future, Federer said he would not disappear like Swedish great Bjorn Borg, who is captaining Europe against the Rest of the World this week.
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the first alternate for the team tournament, will then take Federer’s place over the weekend.
Federer’s last competitive match was a defeat by Hubert Hurkacz in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Europe take on a world team in the three-day Laver Cup, where the six players from each side are usually required to play at least one singles match.
He has struggled with a knee problem and does not feel able to play singles.
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