Was lifted forward by Nadal and Federer – VG

LISTEN HERE: Rafael Nadal has a little pep talk with Casper Ruud during Ruud’s match against Jack Sock on Friday. Roger Federer sits behind and follows along. Photo: John Walton / Pa Photos

(Casper Ruud–Jack Sock 6–4, 5–7, 10–7) Roger Federer (41) stood up and clapped and cheered when Casper Ruud struggled a bit against Jack Sock, Ruud responded by winning the first match for Team Europe.

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When Ruud had match point, Roger Federer sat on the bench and clapped and laughed for his teammate. Ruud put it.

– We both made mistakes, but that’s how it is when you’re nervous, says Ruud to the arena speaker on Eurosport.

– There was a bit of back and forth. But it was incredible to play in front of the crowd here and that bench there, says Ruud to the organizer after the match and points to Team Europa.

Ruud was asked what is the biggest change in him in recent years.

– That I can play with those players here, and deserve to play with them. A few years ago I wanted to be there so that I could play with them, replies Ruud.

HEIAGJENG: Totally okay bench that saw Casper Ruud against Hack Sock. From left: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roger Federer and Matteo Berrettini. Photo: Kin Cheung/AP

The tennis world awaits tonight’s match with Federer in doubles alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. It is Federer’s last tennis match at the top level. While he is counting down, world number two Casper Ruud is the first man out for Team Europe on the hard court in London.

– There will probably be some tears when Roger goes out to play his last match. One of the greatest athletes, in any sport, of all time. The audience is going to have the experience of a lifetime tonight, says Ruud to the stadium speaker about the evening’s highlight.

On the bench in the first row sat many of the world’s greatest tennis legends cheering on their teammate, and they got to see the 23-year-old from Snarøya start very strongly against the world team’s Jack Sock from the USA. Then it got a little harder, Sock took the second set.

The match was decided by tiebreak. First to ten points, Sock quickly took the lead 3–0. And when there was drama, the European bench rose in excitement. Ruud returned the show to 3–3.

– Come on. Come on, Nadal said to Ruud.

And at 4–3 to Ruud, Stock got frustrated and threw the racket on the ground.

At 5–3 to Ruud, Nadal clapped hard and well.

At 7–6 to Ruud, Federer stood up, clapped, looked at Ruud and said: “Come on”!

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal smiled and clapped when Ruud’s balls sat. The mood was good on the bench for Team Europa when Ruud played for a packed O2 Arena in the English capital.

The Laver Cup is Europe against the world and is being organized for the fifth time.

Team Europe: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andy Murray and Casper Ruud. (Matteo Berrettini will play the singles match for Federer.) Captain: Bjørn Borg.

Team World: Felix Auger-Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Dirgo Schwartzman, Alex de Minaur, Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock. Captain: John McEnroe.

CLAPS FOR FEDERER: The teams were presented before Casper Ruud’s match, here is Europe from left: Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Photo: ANDREW BOYERS / Reuters

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Jack Sock is a doubles specialist and will meet Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a historic doubles match later tonight, when Federer plays his last tennis match as a top player, and with Nadal. Sock will play alongside Frances Tiafoe.

For close to 20 years, Federer has dominated the sport of tennis together with Rafael Nadal, a few years later Novak Djokovic signed up, and the three together have an amazing 63 Grand Slam titles.

– I am happy to go first. I am the oldest. I have tried hard to come back, but this is the right time to give up, says Federer on Eurosport ahead of tonight’s match.

The O2 Arena in London is sold out when the Laver Cup is played this weekend. And it wasn’t just anyone world number two Ruud met on Friday afternoon, Sock was ranked number eight in the world in 2017. In the same year, he took a Master 1000 victory in Paris. But he has been through several operations in recent years. Sock won Olympic gold in both mixed doubles and doubles in 2016. And at 5–3 to Ruud in the first set, he broke the Norwegian’s serve and then the bench of his Team World teammates caught fire.

There was also more joy on the world bench in the second set, when Sock equalized at 5–5, after he won a long exchange of balls.

Carlos Alcaraz is world number one after the victory over Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open, the team for the Laver Cup was taken out before the Grand Slam tournament in New York.

WORLD SINGLES FOR 17 YEARS: From left, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the O2 Arena on Friday afternoon. Photo: John Walton / Pa Photos

PS! Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have been world champions for a total of 892 (!) weeks. It is more than 17 years. Djokovic: 373 weeks. Federer: 310 weeks. Nadal: 209 weeks. In addition, Andy Murray spent 41 weeks at the top of the world.

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