Laver Cup 2022 LIVE: Reaction as Roger Federer’s last match ends in defeat alongside Rafael Nadal

Emotional Roger Federer wishes he could ‘go on forever’ as he prepares to retire from tennis

Follow live updates as Roger Federer bids farewell to tennis and plays the final match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. Federer, who will go down as perhaps the greatest champion in tennis history, will retire from the sport at the age of 41 and the moment has brought the sport and his rivals together at the O2 Arena.

Federer’s wish to play his final match with his great rival Nadal has been granted, setting up a special occasion with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also competing for Team Europe. They will be taking on Team World, who are led by John McEnroe and have lost all four previous editions of the matchplay-style event.

Before tonight’s doubles, three singles matches were played. Casper Ruud won the opening match of the day against Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 (10-7), and was followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas crushing Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-1 to double Europe’s lead.

However, the match was overshadowed by a bizarre climate change protest in which a man set his arm on fire while on court, while wearing a t-shirt that read: “End UK Private Jets”.

Murray then faced Alex De Minaur, as Team World got their first point after a lengthy 5- 7 6-3 (10-7) victory, before the eyes of the world focus on Federer for a final time and the Swiss brings his legendary career to close. Follow live updates of the opening day of the Laver Cup, below:

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-7 (9-11) Sock / Tiafoe – Game, set and match!

There are special scenes as Federer hugs every member of Team Europe, then Team World, and then thanks Nadal, Djokovic and Murray all out on court.

No one has left the O2 as tennis comes together to thank Roger Federer.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-7 (9-11) Sock / Tiafoe – Game, set and match!

It will be Federer to serve… It’s wide and long… Tiafoe then moves in on the backhand and Federer nets! Incredible drama! We’re level at 9-9!

Wow – Nadal ducks out the way as Tiafoe cracks a forehand down the line, around the body! Now it’s Team World with match point.

And that’s it! Sock exchanges crosscourt forehands with Federer, before finishing with the winner down the line!

Federer’s career ends in defeat, but that will not be the memory of tonight.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-7 Sock / Tiafoe – Tiebreak

oof. Sock crushes the forehand at Federer, who can’t pick it up from the net.

VOLLEY from Federer! He read Sock’s passing shot and leapt to his right, before turning it around on the angle! It’s level at 7-7!

Tiafoe cracks a forehand at Federer, catching him on the arm! There are some boos but the World lead again, 8-7.

Nadal then wheels around in celebration as Tiafoe nets on the backhand! Level again at 8-8. Tiafoe nets again on the forehand, and it’s match point to Federer and Nadal!

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-7 Sock / Tiafoe – Tiebreak

Remarkable! Sock somehow hits a winner on the run, which Tiafoe can’t quite believe. It moves the World ahead, but Tiafoe then drops a volley into the net. It was a chance, but Sock makes amends with a slipping volley. The World leads 5-4.

Nadal finds the space at the back of the court to hit back and level at the net! ACE from Federer down the middle! Europe leads 6-5.

But the return goes long, and we are level again.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-7 Sock / Tiafoe – Tiebreak

Nadal wheels around and roars as puts away two smashes and he and Federer take a 3-0 lead! That gets everyone on their feet.

Federer’s return finds the net, and then Nadal goes long! Federer then can’t control Sock’s driven pass and the World strike back to level at 3-3.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-7 Sock / Tiafoe – World win second set!

Ah, an uncomfortable silence follows Federer putting a forehand long and then volley into the net, setting up three set points for Tiafoe and Sock. On the run, Federer can’t keep his forehand in play and Team World strike level.

We will now play a deciding tiebreak.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-6 Sock / Tiafoe – Tiebreak!

Federer thinks he’s kicked it off with an ace – but he’s denied by the let! Tiafoe puts away the winner off the second serve. Tiafoe’s backhand then catches out Nadal, who can’t flick his reply over the net.

As the clock strikes midnight, Europe get off the board thanks to Federer – but Nadal then puts one long and the World lead 3-1.

Nadal gets the better of the sharp exchange at the net, but then steps in and put a backhand on the stretch long of the baseline. World lead 4-2 at the change.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-6 Sock / Tiafoe – Tiebreak!

Big moments, these, and Djokovic raises his arm as Federer’s passing shot catches Tiafoe at the net. Nadal then pushes one wide, but Federer and Nadal sense their opportunity and again get the better of the net exchange.

Tiafoe then raises his arms in apology as a volley trickles over the net-cord. Tiafoe then plants an overhead into the feet of Federer – and it brings the tiebreak!

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 6-5 Sock / Tiafoe*

Tiafoe silences the O2 once again with a winner, catching the baseline, but Nadal powers his forehand into his feet.

Brilliant play at the net from both pairs, but it’s Sock who finds the angle to send the winner! Nadal and Federer save another break point, before Tiafoe frames one skyward

Finally, as Sock puts Nadal’s serve into the net, they ensure they have made it to the tiebreak at least.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 5-5 Sock / Tiafoe*

Excellent play from Tiafoe, pushing Nadal deep onto his backhand and then cutting a volley in between Nadal and Federer.

It’s 0-30 on the Nadal serve, and then the Spaniard clips the net-cord to bring up three break points for the Americans.

The first two are saved, before Tiafoe pushes a backhand long and Europe claws themselves back to deuce.

Tiafoe misfires again – setting up a chance for Nadal to serve this out, but Sock responds with a forehand winner past Federer at the net!

Nadal then throws a double fault into the net, but Federer splits Tiafoe and Sock with the smash from mid-court!

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