Roger Federer has confirmed the ultimate match of his illustrious profession will probably be within the doubles on the Laver Cup in London on Friday evening.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner stated final week he would retire on the workforce occasion, which begins on the 02 on Friday.
He has struggled with a knee drawback and doesn’t really feel in a position to play singles.
“It is an occasion I do not wish to mess with, however I do know my limitations,” stated the 41-year-old Swiss, who hopes to pair up with outdated rival Rafael Nadal.
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the primary alternate for the workforce event, will then take Federer’s place over the weekend.
Federer’s final aggressive match was a defeat by Hubert Hurkacz in final 12 months’s Wimbledon quarter-finals.
Europe tackle a world workforce within the three-day Laver Cup, the place the six gamers from either side are often required to play a minimum of one singles match.
“I requested [Europe captain] Bjorn [Borg] if I might play one doubles, on Friday evening, then Matteo is available in,” Federer instructed a information convention.
“I am nervous, I have not performed in so lengthy.”
‘I did not wish to be a ghost’
His swansong might see a link-up with Spanish nice Nadal.
“It’s clear that probably the most lovely factor can be to play doubles right here with Nadal, as a result of it has been my nice rivalry,” he stated.
Federer instructed BBC Sport: “I wish to play at a degree that can also be OK for me but in addition for the followers and the occasion, additionally get pleasure from myself however on the identical time I wish to attempt my greatest and to soak all of it in.
“Eurgh, it is going to be very completely different this subsequent 48-72 hours however I wish to look ahead to it, I signed up for it and I wished to – after I introduced it – be round.
“I wished to not simply put out the information and be a ghost, I did not need that, I wished to be round.
“On the Laver Cup I’ve a beautiful platform being surrounded by all people and feeling prefer it’s a celebration.”
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas are additionally on Staff Europe, who will face a world workforce of Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman, Alex de Minaur, Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Friday’s afternoon session of two singles matches is adopted within the night by one other singles match and a doubles match.
Federer stated he was most pleased with his longevity and that retirement in London made sense because it had been “maybe probably the most particular place” in his profession.
“You do not want all of the data to be glad, I can let you know that,” the eight-time Wimbledon champion added.
The Swiss earlier instructed BBC Breakfast the choice to retire got here after he “stopped believing” he might proceed taking part in due to accidents.
“I knew I used to be on very skinny ice for the final 12 months, ever since I performed Wimbledon,” he stated.
“I attempted to come back again however there was a restrict to what I might do.”