Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of Roger Federer’s last-ever professional tennis match during the Laver Cup 2022. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolds at the O2 Arena in London.
|ANDY MURRAY (TEAM EUROPE)||2|
|ALEX DE MINAUR (TEAM WORLD)||3|
FIRST SET (* denotes server)
Murray* 2-3 De Minaur
Murray begins with a doubles fault, his second of the match. However, the former World No. 1 follows it up by winning the next four points to close the game.
Murray 1-3 De Minaur*
De Minaur goes 40-0 up in no time. Murray manages to get the forehand return right at De Minaur’s feet and draws a heavy backhand from the Aussie. Murray saves another game point as he goes for the forehand pass and De Minaur, who was in position, his the volley wide. Incredible backhand shot mid-rally from Murray to make it deuce. Forehand pass from Murray to earn a break point. Another pass from the Brit, this time from the backhand but it lands just wide. Deuce again. Body serve from De Minaur followed by another forehand down the line before finishing it with a forehand volley. De Minaur’s forehand takes a deflection off the top of the tape and the ball lands on Murray’s side. De Minaur holds.
Murray* 1-2 De Minaur
Serve out wide on the ad court from Murray but De Minaur successfully challenges the call. Nevertheless, love hold for Murray.
Murray 0-2 De Minaur*
De Minaur consolidates the break while losing just one point in the process. Excellent start for the Aussie.
Murray* 0-1 De Minaur
Murray to serve first. De Minaur overhits a forehand to give Murray the first point. The Brit returns the favour with a double fault. Follows it up with an ace. Murray keeps himself in the rally with a couple of well-timed lob shots but the Aussie eventually ends it with an overhead smash. Murray hits the forehand into the net and it is deuce. Break point opportunity for De Minaur straight away as Murray hits a forehand wide. De Minaur gets the early break with a crosscourt forehand winner from the net!
11:45PM IST: Coin toss for Andy Murray vs Alex De Minaur match is done. The Australian wins the toss and chooses to receive. It’s a contest between two Laver Cup debutants.
11:40PM IST: For the spectators who weren’t there during the day session, another chance to see the full squads of both teams as the players are introduced one by one.
11:30PM IST: It’s time for the third singles match of the day – Andy Murray for Team Europe against Team World’s Alex De Minaur.
11:15PM IST: Federer will retire as the oldest man to become World No. 1 (36 in 2018) and with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (237 from 2004-08).
11:05PM IST: F ederer’s record in doubles matches involving Nadal
Indian Wells Masters (2004) – Round of 16 – Rafael Nadal/Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Roger Federer/Yves Allegro (Switzerland) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Rome Masters (2007) – Round of 32 – Rafael Nadal/Carlos Moya (Spain) beat Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Indian Wells Masters (2011) – Semifinal – Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Rafael Nadal/Marc Lopez (Spain) 7-5, 6-3
International Tennis Premier League (2015) – Rafael Nadal/Rohan Bopanna (Indian Aces) beat Roger Federer/Marin Cilic (UAE Royals) 6-4
Laver Cup (2017) – Second Doubles – Rafael Nadal/Roger Federer (Team Europe) beat Sam Querrey/Jack Sock (Team World) 6-4, 1-6, [10-5]
Match for Africa (2020) – Roger Federer/Bill Gates beat Rafael Nadal/Trevor Noah 6-4
10:55PM IST: Federer’s record in doubles in Laver Cup
Having featured in five doubles contests, Federer has a win-loss record of 2-3.
On the only occasion he had paired up with Nadal – 2017 – Team Europe ended up beating Sam Querrey and Sock in three sets. The team of Djokovic and Federer lost its match to Sock and Kevin Anderson in three sets in Laver Cup 2018.
10:45PM IST: The stage is set for the ‘Last Dance’ of one of the greatest champions of the sporting world. Roger Federer will say goodbye to tennis after partnering Rafael Nadal in the first doubles match of this year’s Laver Cup. That match will be preceeded by a singles tie between Andy Murray and Alex Di Minaur. Live action begins at 11:30PM IST. Stay tuned for all the build-up!
The night session on day one of the Laver Cup will see Roger Federer in action for one last time as the Swiss maestro will partner his long-time rival Rafael Nadal in doubles for Team Europe against Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
Team Europe leads 2-0 after Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas won their respective singles match.
The third singles match of the day will be between Andy Murray of Team Europe and Alex De Minaur of Team World which will take place before the doubles match.
When and where to watch?
The night session of the Laver Cup 2022 will be telecast on the Sony Sports Network and live streamed on Sony Liv from 11:30PM IST on Friday.