Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played as doubles partners for the first time on the second day of the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague.
Federer and Nadal, who have won a combined 35 Grand Slam titles, played against Americans Sam Querry and Jack Sock.
Federer and Nadal claimed the first set via a single break, only to find themselves being outclassed by Sock’s heavy forehand in the second set, during which they won only one game.
They then pulled themselves together, magnificently, at the start of the champions tie-break to take an 8-1 lead. The Americans showed spirit by reducing the deficit but couldn’t do enough as they were beaten 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.
Speaking after the match, Nadal said, “It was an unforgettable day, after the history behind us to be on the same part of the court fighting for the same team is something we enjoyed a lot.”
Federer also added, “For me, personally, it is a great moment, too. We only ever practiced once together, back at the World Tour Finals, so we don’t show each other a lot. We will always be rivals. But this was something very special, it was an absolute pleasure being on the court with Rafa and seeing his decision-making process.”
The Laver Cup is an international indoor hard court men’s tennis tournament between two teams: Team Europe and Team World, the latter of which comprises players from non-European countries.