Roger Federer believes the Laver Cup has brought players on the ATP Tour closer together, although he insists there is plenty of rivalry among the top stars.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion was the brains behind the inaugural competition in Prague, where he competed on Team Europe under captain Bjorn Borg.
Borg’s outfit took on Team World – captained by John McEnroe – in a Ryder Cup-esque format, with the Europeans securing a 15-9 win.
Throughout the weekend in September, the two teams seemed to bond together well and Federer was quizzed as to whether there had been any lasting impact from the close ties formed.
And he believes that the players have now connected better, although there is no sentimentality in matchplay.
‘I do feel like the Laver Cup has made us get to know each other a bit better,’ he said after his ATP Finals win over Jack Sock.
‘I mean, we have each other’s telephone numbers now, all of us. That wasn’t the case beforehand. We anyway knew we’d see each other all the time, so it’s nice to kind of be able to connect if you wanted to with the guys.
‘I felt like at the ATP ceremony and the official presentation, I did feel a sort of camaraderie, cool rivalry, but yet friendship going on, which I think is nice to see.
‘We are all together on the boat. We’re all hanging out, all talking to each other. I’m not sure if that was always the case in previous years.
‘It’s not that we didn’t get along, but we didn’t know each other that well, to be quite frank.
‘I see good things being carried over by the Laver Cup without forgetting at the end of the day we are rivals, as well, you know.’
The Swiss will take on two members of Team Europe in his next encounters at the ATP Finals.
He meets Alexander Zverev on Tuesday night before a tie with Marin Cilic on Thursday.