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Federer, Nadal to Represent Europe in Laver Cup; Thiem Targets Indian Wells Comeback

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Federer Nadal to Represent Europe in Laver Cup Thiem Targets Indian Wells Comeback

Legendary men’s singles tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are set to play together for Europe. This will be for the fifth edition of Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London in September. The development comes despite Federer’s uncertain future in the sport following a knee surgery. The two tennis stars have a combined 41 Grand Slam titles between them. They will lead Team Europe, who are seeking to maintain their unbeaten record in the Laver Cup. The three-day event, happening on September 23-25, pits six of Europe’s best players against six players from Team World. The possible teamup will give Team Europe an enormous advantage in the tournament, according to online tennis betting sites.

Federer Happy with Team Up with Nadal

In a statement, the Swiss tennis star says the team-up is a delight.  He looks forward to getting back into competition shape. Laver Cup is part of his plan to get in shape. In 2017, Federer and Nadal played doubles at the inaugural event and both stars want to do it again. However, it’s up to team captain Bjorn Borg. This is if both tennis greats repeat their doubles acts in the 2022 Laver Cup.

Nadal said that he is optimistic to share the court together with Federer in London and added that it is a special experience at this stage of their careers. Nadal has just came off a triumphant stint in the 2022 Australian Open where he defeated Russian star Daniil Medvedev in five sets to capture a historic 21st Grand Slam title. He moved ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic in terms of most men’s singles titles.

Thiem Eyes Return from Injury

Meanwhile, Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem expressed optimism that he will see action in the Indian Wells Masters in March. Thiem, a former US Open champion who rose to as high as No3 in the world, initially planned to return to action in Cordoba, Argentina, this week but withdrew due to pain in his hands. His management team announced that Thiem will also be absent in tournaments in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro and Chile. The Austrian’s prolonged absence from the Association of the Tennis Professionals circuit has relegated him to 37th in the world but Thiem hopes his return to Indian Wells, which is scheduled to be held on March 10-20, will serve as his springboard for a successful return to the sport.

Murray Decides to Join Rotterdam ATP Event

Former world number one Andy Murray will play in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament as a wildcard. A social media post by the tournament organizers said that the three-time Grand Slam winner will take part in the ATP 500 event slated on February 7-13 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It will be the seventh time the 34-year-old Scot will compete in the tournament. The Rotterdam tournament was the first of Murray’s events in a three-tournament swing. He will also take part in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Murray last fought in the Australian Open and was eliminated in the second round by Taro Daniel of Japan. His entry to the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament gives online sportsbooks a Grand Slam-caliber netter that could play as favorite in the weeklong event.