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.
I've been living under a rock. Since when did Nadal n Federer play together in doubles— Tanay (@OLeOLeguer) September 24, 2017
Cannot get over how amazing it was to see Nadal and Federer play together. #LaverCup2017— Rahil (@rahilthakkar) September 24, 2017
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.
Federer and nadal #fedalunited
This year can’t get any better😇— Mr_MadP🃏🔪 (@PraveensParama) September 24, 2017
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.
Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal: Like poetry in motion.......😍— day dreamer (@sumanth777) September 23, 2017
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 “too much energy.”
First set to Federer Nadal! Those Fed serves don't feel that annoying when he's on your side 😂 #LaverCup— Eshaan Koshal (@eshaan_koshal) September 23, 2017
PICTURE OF THE YEAR!September 24, 2017
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.
One may think Nadal and Federer may take it east but no, just look at how they played and celebrated— Ramakanth Josyula (@Ramakanthwrites) September 23, 2017
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 “unforgettable” one while Federer said, “It was a special occasion but we will continue to be rivals on the court.”
Federer and Nadal:
vs. each other - "omg, best rivals, can't wait!"
doubles partners - "greatest matchup ever"
Can't do nothing wrong!— DunKark! (@djdumass) September 24, 2017