Andy Murray kicks off the evening session
Andy Murray returns to O2 for the first time since winning the 2016 ATP Finals. He will open the evening’s Europe session against world class Alex de Minaur.
De Minaur won the last title in 2019 and the Australian, nicknamed the Speed Devil, will be a stern test for the Briton.
Who is on Team World?
Left to right: John McEnroe, Tommy Ball, Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jack Sock, Diego Schwartzman, Taylor Fritz, Alex de Minaur, Patrick McEnroe
Who is in Team Europe?
Left to Right: Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Thomas Enqvist, Casper Rudd, Matteo Berrettini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Cameron Nouri
Farewell to Roger Federer
Written by Simon Briggs
Roger Federer admitted realizing he would never win Wimbledon again made him cry last summer.
The 41-year-old, who announced his retirement last week after the ongoing Laver Cup, has revealed he collapsed after losing to Felix Auger-Aliassime in preparation for Wimbledon in 2021.
By feeding his serve bone, he could still advance and win short points. But once his opponent gained the upper hand in a rally, he was no longer able to dash balls again for long.
“When I lost to Felix in Hue [in June 2021]I cried after the match [as] Federer made it clear that I wouldn’t win Wimbledon. “You get to a point where in front of certain players at a good level, you create a lot of moments of having to defend. [But] There is nothing left in defense. So I had to play extra attack and just try to work my way through the games that way.”
It might seem strange to imagine Federer – the record holder at Wimbledon – having to “work his way” through matches, especially on the grass. But looking back at Wimbledon in 2021, he needed a little help in his awkward first round encounter with Adrian Mannarino, only moving when Mannarino fell and sprained his knee as he advanced two sets to one.
After more encouraging victories over Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Lorenzo Sonego, Federer’s solo career ended in the quarter-finals, with Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz blocking him in straight sets.
It’s a testament to the rigors of the sport that Federer came out with a 6-0 Beagle, just as Donald Bradman scored a duck in his last innings and Usain Bolt pulled his hamstrings in the 4×100-meter relay.
“The end of that match was one of the worst moments of my career because I was really horrified,” Federer said. “It was over, the knee was gone, and then it was really hard to know I have to face the media right after that in such a short amount of time. But for me, that’s what it is. You know you can’t turn back time and go,” Oh, we should have changed this.”
“That’s why I’m so happy to be on my left knee [which had undergone a similar operation four years earlier] She managed to come back and win three more titles, including a comeback win in 2017 in Australia.
“Because I’ve had such a good experience with my left, I thought, ‘Well, my right is a very similar surgery. We’ll do that and maybe I’ll get another chance. Look, it wasn’t, and the past three years have obviously been very difficult. You deal with it. Through rehab, the daily progress is minimal, but I want to be healthy for life. So it was definitely worth it.”
Federer admitted that 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 flexible mobility of a lifetime, despite the best part of his 18-month rehab.
“When I came back [from the 2020 Australian Open] “I wasn’t very happy with my knee and I haven’t been happy for several years,” Federer explained. “So I might have had that surgery, maybe I shouldn’t have done it too late. But then maybe what could have happened was I was going to play and it could have exploded at some point.”
“At that moment, I was 100 percent convinced that it was the right thing to do. I had the surgery, which was successful, and after six weeks, I have to have another operation because something is wrong again. I mean, this stuff You can’t predict it. There’s always a risk when you open something. That’s why I’ve always said, “It’s the beginning of the end once you have the surgery.”