Fans spellbound as Federer and Nadal unite to win first doubles match together

A dream come true for many, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal joined hands to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead in the Laver Cup.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each won two out of four Grand Slams this year. Photo credit: Michal Cizek / AFP

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal united to win their first doubles match together on the second day at the inaugural Laver Cup. Long-time rivals and legends of the singles category, their partnership left many people surprised.

A dream of many fans, the Swiss-Spaniard combine fulfilled the wishes of many by beating Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4 1-6 (10-5) to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead.

The world of tennis was glued to the contest that lasted 81 minutes to watch Federer and Nadal, who have won a combined 35 Grand Slams together.

Early in the match both the legends went up to smash the same ball with Federer bailing out at the last second. Nadal later described the error as โ€œtoo much energy.โ€

While Federer remains one of the few modern tennis players to still use net-play effectively, Nadal showed his variations and supreme skills in the front as well.

Querrey and Sock played competitive tennis with Sock, who had clinched the 2014 Wimbledon title, playing a spin-heavy game. Surprisingly, Federer and Nadal who have pioneers of the same trick took a little while to respond to it. However, the camaraderie between them was evident.

Nadal later described the event as an โ€œunforgettableโ€ one while Federer said, โ€œIt was a special occasion but we will continue to be rivals on the court.โ€

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