Roger Federer has confirmed that he will not be able to play a singles match during the Laver Cup. An event that will obviously mark his farewell to tennis. He will attend the court on Friday in doubles and presumably will do so alongside Rafa Nadal, as he explained during a confidential press conference with his Swiss colleagues before the official one.
"It would be the best thing. After all we have been through on and off the pitch and mutual respect, it would be a beautiful message for the sport as well." not good, explaining that retiring was a decision made after Wimbledon.
In short: returning to the most genuine news, the competition rules appear quite clear: those who play doubles are forced to play a singles match in the first two days, therefore a replacement is expected at least for Saturday.
Luxury reserve summoned in extremis by Bjorn Borg, Matteo Berrettini, fresh from the Davis Cup three-out-of-three with the Italian national team and from qualifying for the quarter-finals in Malaga. The United States will be waiting for Filippo Volandri's team.
Roger Federer will play only doubles with Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup
Federer said during his farewell press conference: "I asked Bjorn Borg if I could play a double Friday and have Matteo Berrettini play the Saturday singles and he said it was ok.
I didn't want to give up or tangle up competition, but I also had to acknowledge my body's limitations right now. I'm preparing for that, let's see who it will be with. . I must confess I'm very nervous because I haven't played a match for a really long time."
Matteo Berrettini is therefore preparing to become the second Italian after Fabio Fognini to participate in the Laver Cup. An honor and a burden, as he will share the pitch with Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud. On the other side of the net, the 'Rest of The World' team led by John McEnroe.