The big focus of this year’s Laver Cup was the impending retirement of the all-time great Roger Federer. But that hasn’t been the only notable event in London.
It was also a reunion for the ‘Big Four’ of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The four superstars have become one of the most iconic quartets in any sport and they headed to court on Thursday for a practice session at The O2.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray
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Federer will play his last UKTN match on Friday evening with friend and rival Nadal, with whom he also played at the Laver Cup in 2017. That year they defeated Team World’s Sam Querrey and Jack Sock. This edition they play Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
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Smiles were everywhere as the Big Four enjoyed each other’s company the night before the action started. In addition to overtaking, they posed for photos on the River Thames. Competing in the Laver Cup, the stars have collectively achieved 4,043 tour-level victories.
Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
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Not only have the Big Four won big, they’ve done it on the biggest tennis venues. Nadal (22), Djokovic (21), Federer (20) and Murray (3) have won 66 Grand Slam trophies and 329 crowns at tour level. While they won’t add anything to that number this weekend, the friends and rivals will try to send Federer out with a Laver Cup win.
Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
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