Roger Federer ready for ‘great fun’ ahead of dream partnership with Novak Djokovic

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at the Laver Cup

Last year we had Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal teaming up at the Laver Cup and this year we will be treated to Federer and Novak Djokovic playing doubles together.

The pair has surprisingly been selected by Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg to play in Friday’s doubles rubber against Team World’s Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock.

The Federer-Djokovic partnership is the dream pairing and the 20-time Grand Slam winner is delighted to team up with his great rival.

“We have had so many great battles in all the singles courts, and to finally team up together I think is going to be very special for both of us,” Federer said.

“I think we still have to talk over it a little bit exactly maybe either who’s going to take the lead or, you know, how do we play exactly.”

In Friday’s singles action Grigor Dimitrov will face Frances Tiafoe, Kyle Edmund takes on Jack Sock and David Goffin plays against Diego Schwartzman.

He might not be playing in singles, but Federer is looking forward to supporting his team-mates on the sidelines.

“When you can’t beat them you have to join them. I am very excited,” he said.

“To be quite honest, last year it was an odd feeling when you’re sitting on the bench because I am a tennis player and I want to play.

“But for the first time I looked towards the court and thought ‘Oh Dominic Thiem’s playing or Rafa’s playing and those guys are playing better than me right now’.

“And I’m sure I’ll feel the same when Novak’s out there. It’s cool watching my guy, my team member beat up the other guy. This time it is actually good for me.

“It is going to be great fun and I can’t wait for not just the matches but also spending time together.”


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