Novak Djokovic says he is excited to be in the Laver Cup as he looks forward to being teammates with three familiar faces. Djokovic, 35, is set to make his second Laver Cup appearance this week. On Team Europe, Federer will join Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
This year’s Laver Cup edition will be marked by Federer’s retirement from tennis. «Great to be here, exciting, full of emotional moments on and off the pitch, particularly for Roger. It’s exciting, it’s great to be here, probably once in a lifetime to be in a team together with Rafa, Roger and Andy, three of my biggest rivals,» Djokovic said, according to Sportskeeda.
Djokovic ready to be part of Federer’s final tournament
The rivalry between Djokovic and Federer will forever remain one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history. Now, they are ready to be on the same team and hoping to lead Team Europe to their fifth win over Team World.
Ruud, who is now the No. 2 player in the world, admitted that he is very excited to be teammates with the four players he grew up watching. «It’s going to be very special this year, to have the top four tennis players from my childhood,» Ruud said.
“It will be an honor. I will probably be a bit nervous when I play in front of them, but I will do my best and I am very happy to be able to represent Europe in this year’s Laver Cup in front of a crowd full of happy fans and a European bench of legends.» .
Unfortunately, it is unclear how much Federer will play this week. Furthermore, there is even the possibility that Federer may not even play this week, as his team has suggested that his health comes first.