Laver Cup organizers announced on Thursday that Roger Federer will team up with longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the final match of his illustrious career.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play doubles with the Spaniard, who has won 22 majors, at the O2 in London on Friday.
Federer, whose last competitive match was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-final, is struggling with a knee problem and will not play singles in London.
The Laver Cup is a team competition that pits the European team against the world team.
The six-man European team, captained by Bjorn Borg, also includes 21-time major tournament winner Novak Djokovic and three-time major tournament winner Andy Murray.
Their opponents include Team World, skipped by John McEnroe, Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassim and Diego Schwartzman.
Federer, 41, announced last week that he intends to retire after a three-day Laver Cup.
On Wednesday, he said ending his career with Nadal would be his dream scenario.
Federer said he and Nadal, 36, have always respected each other, even when competing for the biggest trophies in the sport.
“For us to also go through the careers that we both had and come out on the other side and be able to have good relationships, I think that could be a great message not only for tennis but for the sport and maybe even beyond. ,” he said.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, Europe’s number one substitute, will take Federer’s place this weekend.