Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev speak after winning Laver Cup

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Roger, it doesn’t get any closer than that in a way to finish the inaugural championship.
ROGER FEDERER: Yes. (Laughter.)

You need more? More sound bytes? Shall I stretch it?

Yes, you’re right. No, like I said on court, I was getting ready for the doubles mentally, but kind of felt good going into the breaker.

It was a wonderful week, wonderful week to spend time with the guys. You know, in a perfect world you want to stay home and be with your friends and families and all that, but there is another life that we have which is on tour. To spend it this way was an incredible journey, really. It was way better than I ever thought it was going to be.

To see the smiling faces and the happiness in everybody winning and holding the trophy and winning that match point, and also the feeling I had on the inside felt like winning some of the biggest matches in my life.

It’s nice it is this way, and it was extremely close. It was like a fairy tale for all of us, or for me, at least, at the end. I’m happy I could deliver the crucial three points at the end for Team Europe.

Q. You’re part of making this thing happen and part of designing it from the beginning. Does that change the feeling when you’re out there playing it, knowing you’re part owner in a way?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, look, I was really focused on having a good time. I feel like I get more credit than I deserve, just because, you know, a lot of people put in heroic efforts, and I’d like to thank all of them. The people who were behind this event from the get-go believed in it and the vision and the dream.

So to see it all come alive and at the end the team showing up, playing well, Team World coming up and putting on an unbelievable show and playing their absolute best because they had to, because our team was stacked with world-class players, Top 10 players, it was always going to be tough for them.

It was indoors, a faster court to play on if you serve well. That’s why it was a nail biter at the end.

For me, personally, it’s a dream scenario. I’d like to thank each one of them for their efforts. Rafa was the first to sign up. He was there from the start. I can’t thank him enough. Björn and John, to accept their role as captains and honor the great man in Rod Laver, it all worked out. It’s really a dream.

Q. Obviously this event, there has been quite a lot, you have been very identified with it, quite a lot riding on it for you. Not everyone in the game has kind of recognized it. Do you feel that the very obvious success of this initial event, in some way, you’ve kind of proved a point?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, yes, I mean, there is pressure having to prove that it’s successful. The only way it was ever going to be successful is if the players cared. And they did. I think you see it. I think you see the happiness. The Laver Cup trophy is still sprayed with champagne, so that means we have already been celebrating.

It’s been a wonderful journey. I just hope to, you know, to leave a legacy behind, not for me personally but just for the game, because it deserves it. It deserves the players, and the legends of this game deserve the recognition they deserve. The future players deserve a massive platform to play tennis in.

And the likes of our team, the young guys, Dominic and Sascha, and on the World Team all the young guys there, they will hopefully play for years and decades to come this competition. For me, as an older guy, and Rafa and other guys on the team, it was a pleasure taking part in the very first one.

Q. Rafa, you looked really nervous.
ROGER FEDERER: Why were you nervous? Explain me this (laughter).

Q. Do you often feel like that? I haven’t seen you look quite so much in agony at the side of the court before.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, very close, no? We know that the way that the competition works, Sunday is crucial, so anything could happen.

And we were lucky that — well, lucky. I don’t know if lucky or not, but we are lucky to be 9-3 before today, no? Every match have been so close.  Continue reading “Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev speak after winning Laver Cup”

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Laver Cup 2017: Highlights and best bits [VIDEO]

On court highlights from the Laver Cup.

VIDEO: Here’s what winning the Laver Cup means to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Three days of thrilling matches in an electric atmosphere come to an end in Prague as Team Europe wins the inaugural Laver Cup.

Funny snippets from day 3 of the inaugural Laver Cup…

Rafael Nadal after winning Laver Cup: “It’s been an unforgettable three days” [PHOTOS]

Team Europe have defeated Team World 15-9 to win the inaugural Laver Cup. Roger Federer got the decisive win over Nick Kyrgios in Prague, coming from a set down and saving a match point to prevail 4-6 7-6 (8/6) 11-9 in a thrilling three-set match.

Rafa couldn’t be more happier for Roger and he was in high spirits during the match, cheering very loud with Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych and Fernando Verdasco from the bench.

Rafa Nadal:

Of course if the captain wanted me there, I was ready [to play in the final doubles clash]. But I didn’t want to play and thanks to Roger and the rest of the team that we avoid that situation!

It’s been an unforgettable three days, everyone knows I love a team competition. We had great team spirit and it’s been one of the nicest weeks we’ve had. Well done Team World for a great fight – I’m already looking forward to next year.

The Laver Cup, in its first year, featured excellent tennis and very close matches in Prague. Chicago will host it in 2018.

Congrats to Rafa and his teammates! Well done, Team Europe!

Sources:  Laver Cup, The Independent, metro.co.uk

Laver Cup 2017: Rafael Nadal loses to John Isner, Fedal could play doubles tonight in shock match

The Laver Cup will go down to the final match after John Isner beat Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career, 7-5, 7-6 (1). Isner’s win made the overall score 12-9 to Europe with just one rubber (Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios) to play.

Team Europe can lift the trophy if Roger beats Kyrgios, but if it doesn’t happen then we might see Fedal playing doubles together again in Prague to decide the winner of the Laver Cup.

Laver Cup Day 2: An interview with Fedal

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Federer/Nadal def. Querrey-Sock 6-4, 1-6, 10-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. To both Roger and Rafa, I guess everybody was anticipating this doubles match. What was it like for the two of you to actually play it? What did it feel like on the court, teaming up for the first time?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, first thing was unforgettable day for both of us. After all the history that we have behind us, like rivals, to be together the same part of the court, fighting for a team is something that I think we really enjoyed a lot.

The atmosphere for this match and for the whole weekend is being fantastic. Czech crowd here in Prague is doing great. We feel very lucky to be part of this great event for the first time in the history, no?

And have the possibility to have Roger next to me is, yeah, a huge privilege. Is something that for sure I want to make that happen at some point, and today was the ideal day to make that happen, no?

Having Björn and John there supporting the teams and playing for Europe, having a great team behind us, yeah, I am so happy to enjoy that moment, we enjoyed a lot, but at the same time to win that match.

ROGER FEDERER: And I agree (laughter). He said it all.

But for me personally was a great moment, too. You know, we only ever practiced once together, back at the World Tour Finals, I think. So we don’t practice a lot. We don’t show stuff to each other a lot. And we will always and forever be rivals as long as we are active.

After this we will be rivals again, thank God, or unfortunately, however you want to see it, but this was something very special. It’s been an absolute pleasure sharing the court with Rafa on the same side of the net. Knowing you can trust him in the big moments, seeing his decision-making, seeing his thought process was very interesting, and I will take these memories for a lifetime, for sure.

Q. Going into the match, did you feel any extra pressure just because everyone was talking about it and expecting so much out of this match? Would you pair up again for a doubles match for any of the tournaments?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, look, it was definitely a different day to other days in my life, because like you said, the attention was big. People wanted to film our preparation. They wanted to film it and have it in the vault, you know, forever, whatever.

So I said, Okay, fine. We’ll go all out and we will just do it.  Continue reading “Laver Cup Day 2: An interview with Fedal”

[VIDEO] Laver Cup 2017: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer triumph in their first ever doubles match together – highlights, interview

For the first time ever, rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer played on the same side of the court – in the doubles on day two of the 2017 Laver Cup.