Andy Murray vs De Minaur updates ahead of Roger Federer’s bye

Andy Murray vs De Minaur updates ahead of Roger Federer’s bye

Laver Cup 2022 live: Andy Murray vs De Minaur updates ahead of Roger Federer's farewell - AFP

Laver Cup 2022 live: Andy Murray vs De Minaur updates ahead of Roger Federer’s farewell – AFP

07:28 pm

Murray is broken

Long opening game on Murray’s serve. It could be the theme of the match.

Incredible point from both players, Murray in defense somehow keeps himself at point but De Minaur hits a forehand winner to break.

07:22 pm

Here you go…

…Murray will serve first and start the match!

07:12 pm

Time for Group Europe

Bjorn Borg and Thomas Enqvist lead the European team.

No doubt the biggest slots are coming for Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and of course Federer.

07:06 pm

Here you go!

We have introduced the captain and the player.

Team World’s John and Patrick McEnroe lead their team which includes Alex De Minaur who will be in action tonight.

07:01 pm

How are things?

In the day’s session, World No. 2 Kasper Ruud got Team Europe off to the best possible start when he beat Team World’s Jack Sock in a third-set tiebreak.

In the second match, Stefanos Tsitsipas reduced Diego Schwarzman.

It means that Europe has taken a 2-0 lead.

06:44 pm

Laver Cup Rules

The Laver Cup is a three-day tournament that pits a team of six of the best tennis players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world.

The tournament is named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the only man to win two grand slams in a calendar year.

Each match win will be worth:

06:30 pm

Great rivals have become great friends

Nicknamed ‘Fedal’, Federer and Nadal have a legitimate relationship with each other. And it is fitting that Federer’s final match as a professional tennis player will be against the man with whom he has shared so many special moments on a tennis court.

It’s a different kind of pressure. After all the amazing things we shared together on and off the field, being a part of this historic moment will be something amazing, unforgettable for me. I hope I have a good chance to play at a decent level and hopefully together we can create a good moment and maybe win a match. So let’s see.

Of course being on the field, having Roger by my side once again will be something I’m really looking forward to. I am very happy about it. It will be hard to handle everything, especially for Roger, no doubt. And for me too. You know, in the end one of the most important players, if not the most important player, in my tennis career, he leaves. I will try to do my best in every way, to help make this moment even more special than it will be.”

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray - SOCKS

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray – SHUTTERSTOCK

05:56 pm

Andy Murray kicks off the evening session

Andy Murray returns to the O2 for the first time since winning the 2016 ATP Finals. He will open the night session for Europe against Alex de Minaur of the world.

De Minaur won the last meeting in 2019 and the Australian, nicknamed the Speed ​​Demon, will be a stern test for the Briton.

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray - REUTERS

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray – REUTERS

05:41 pm

Who is on Team World?

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray - GETTY IMAGES

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray – GETTY IMAGES

From left to right: John McEnroe, Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jack Sock, Diego Schwartzman, Taylor Fritz, Alex de Minaur and Patrick McEnroe

05:26 pm

Who is on Team Europe?

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray - GETTY IMAGES

Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray – GETTY IMAGES

From left to right: Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Thomas Enqvist, Casper Ruud, Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Cameron Norrie

05:15 pm

The Fab Four

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Roger Federer last match live laver cup 2022 nadal Murray – GETTY IMAGES

05:00 p.m

Roger Federer’s farewell

By Simon Briggs

Roger Federer admitted the realization he would never win another Wimbledon title made him cry last summer.

The 41-year-old, who announced last week that he would retire after the ongoing Laver Cup, revealed he had broken down after losing to Felix Auger Aliassime in the final Wimbledon of 2021.

Feeding off the majesty of his serve, he was still able to get ahead and win short points. But once his opponent gained the upper hand in a rally, he was no longer able to shuffle the balls back for long.

“When I lost to Felix in Halle [in June 2021]I cried after the match [as] I knew I wasn’t going to win Wimbledon,” Federer explained. “You get to a certain point where against certain players who are at a good level, you create too many chances that you have to defend. [But] there is nothing left in the defense. So I had to play really aggressive and just try to work my way through the games that way.”

It may seem strange to imagine Federer – the record holder for Wimbledon titles – having to “light up” at matches, especially on grass. But looking back to that 2021 Wimbledon, he needed little help in his first-round meeting with the clumsy Adrian Mannarino, advancing only when Mannarino fell and twisted his knee while leading two sets to one.

After more encouraging wins over Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego, Federer’s singles career ended in the quarter-finals, where Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz stopped him in straight sets.

It’s a testament to the toughness of sport that Federer stormed out with a 6-0 bunt just as Donald Bradman scored a duck in his final innings and Usain Bolt pulled a hamstring in the 4x100m relay.

“The end of that match was one of the worst moments of my career because I felt really awful,” Federer said. “It was over, the knee was gone and then knowing that I had to deal with the media right after in a short period of time was very difficult. But to me it is what it is. You know you can’t go back in time and say, “Oh, we should have changed that.”

“And that’s why I’m so happy that on my left knee [which had undergone a similar operation four years earlier] I managed to come back and win three more slams, including a comeback win in 2017 in Australia.

“Because I had a good experience with my left, I thought, ‘OK, my right is a very similar operation. We’ll do it and maybe I’ll get another chance.’ Look, it wasn’t going to happen, and obviously the last three years have been quite difficult. You deal with it. Going through rehab, daily progress is small, but I want to be healthy for life. So it was definitely worth it.”

Federer has admitted he regrets his decision to undergo surgery on his right knee in February 2020. As he told reporters at the O2 Arena this week, he has never regained the fluid movement of old, despite the better part of his recovery 18 months old.

“When i got back [from the 2020 Australian Open] “I was so unhappy with my knee and I was unhappy for a number of years,” Federer explained. “So maybe I should have this surgery, maybe I shouldn’t have it in hindsight. But then maybe what could have happened is that I would have played and it would have exploded at some point.

“At the time, I was 100 percent convinced it was the right thing to do. I had the surgery, which was successful, and six weeks later, I have to have another one because something is wrong. I mean, these things you just can’t predict. There is always a risk when you open something. That’s why I’ve always said, “It’s the beginning of the end once you have surgery.”

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