Federer, Nadal happy to play doubles
Federer, Nadal happy to play doubles
The three-day competition at the O2 Arena in Prague starts Friday, pitting a team of the best six European players against the top six from the rest of the world. No ATP rankings points will be awarded.
Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych are also on the European team to face Sam Querrey, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe.
The tournament is to honor Rod Laver, an 11-time major champion who won two calendar-year Grand Slams. It will include three singles and one doubles match every day. Bjorn Bjorg captains Europe while John McEnroe does the same for the opponents.
Federer and Nadal were clear about their choice of a possible partner.
“I’ve played a lot against Rafa on so many occasions, in big matches,” Federer said at Prague’s picturesque Old Town Square. “I think in nine Grand Slam finals. Finally, to have him on my side it's a joy. We talked about playing doubles a long, long time ago. It never happened. Of course, I would love to share the side of the net this time around. We have to see how practice goes and then at the end Bjorn will take the ultimate decision.”
“Of course, I would love (to play with Federer),” Nadal said. “It will be amazing if that happens. We've talked about that years ago to play in some tournament together. It didn’t happen yet. We’re looking forward to playing here, hopefully. Let’s see if the captain allows us to play.”
Borg has yet to decide how to form pairs for doubles, but suggested “there’s a very good chance” for Federer and Nadal.
“He’s the captain, he’s the boss here now,” Nadal said. “I am just here to try my best, every time the captain wants me on court, I am just here to try to help the team to win the Laver Cup.”
Federer warned a victory was not a given even though the two are currently ranked No. 1 (Nadal) and No. 2 (Federer).
"There's a lot of expectations and everybody thinks we're going to win and play together then we bomb out," Federer said. "So, we better make sure we focus on just playing good doubles and if it works together at the same time, that'd be great.
"I'm sure that the crowd would go absolutely crazy."
Late stunner from Toni Kroos gives Germany vital win over Sweden
- Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece
- Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F
SOCHI: Toni Kroos has revived Germany's World Cup hopes with a superb late strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the defending champions over Sweden.
Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece, with Germany down to 10 men. He tapped the ball to Marco Reus from the free kick and then launched his strike into the top corner.
Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico. It is now second in the group, three points behind Mexico and level with Sweden. Mexico had a 2-1 victory over winless South Korea 2-1 earlier Saturday.
Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after a counterattack that started with a passing mistake by Kroos' near midfield.
Reus equalized three minutes into the second half with a shot from inside the area after a pass by Timo Werner.
Germany played the final minutes with 10 men as Jerome Boateng was sent off for a second yellow card for a hard challenge on Marcus Berg.
Halftime substitute Mario Gomez had one of the best chances for Germany with a close-range header in the 88th that was saved by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.