Roger Federer in training before his double with Rafael Nadal

This will be the poster hoped for on the first day of competition. This was confirmed by the organizers on Thursday.

The Swiss and the Spaniard will face Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, who will represent the rest of the world team.

Hundreds of fans rushed to watch Roger Federer’s final training session at the O2 Arena on Thursday.

Rafael Nadal congratulates Roger Federer after a winning shot during training.

Photo: Getty Images/Cameron Smith

On the eve of his last game, the fans in the queue were feverish.

They know each other extremely lucky to see Federer on a pitch one last time, and some had messages for the Swiss great. Roger, can I buy you a drink for your retirement? read on a placard.

Tickets have suddenly gone crazy, with entries for Friday night’s doubles match selling for more than 2,300 euros on the internet, or more than CA$3,000.

Playing the double with Roger Federer will be magical for Rafael Nadal.

Being part of this historical moment will be unforgettable for me, I am really happy and privilegedhe told the media.

Rest of the World team captain John McEnroe will savor the moment.

Everyone wanted to play this game, he said. Be part of the story. We even had to flip a coin, except for Jack (Sock), maybe.

What matters is to celebrate all that Roger has achieved in his career and that he finishes it, hopefully, injury-free. Who will win or lose is totally secondary. This match is out of all proportion to anything I’ve experiencedhe added.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had already played doubles in the first edition of the Laver Cup in 2017, also their first time together. They had beaten Sam Querrey and Jack Sock, 6-4, 1-6 and 10-5, en route to a victory for Team Europe.

Federer and Nadal wrote in 40 clashes (24 wins to 16 for the Spaniard) the most exciting soap opera in the history of tennis.

Two tennis players are laughing, one is holding a big trophy.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the Laver Cup in 2019

Photo: Getty Images / Clive Brunskill

The Swiss, whose right knee injury has become insurmountable, announced on September 15 that he would end his career after the Laver Cup.

It is a team tournament initiated by the famous Swiss player and which pits a team from Europe against a team from the rest of the world.

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