Roger Federer to disappoint Laver Cup weekend ticket holders but could partner Rafael Nadal

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

Wednesday morning, Federer stopped short of confirming the date, but 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 now expects to make his last bow on Friday night. 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 this morning. “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.