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Roger Federer says Rafael Nadal couldnt be more pumped up for Laver Cup

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Federer will join forces with Nadal on Team Europe (Picture: Getty)

Roger Federer wouldnt have blamed Rafael Nadal for needing a break in the immediate aftermath of winning his 19th Grand Slam title at the US Open but insists his great rival couldnt be more pumped up for the Laver Cup.

Federer and Nadal will once again look to spearhead Team Europes charge against Team World, with Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini also on Bjorn Borgs roster.

Its widely expected the Europeans will bag a third straight win, having previously claimed titles in Prague and Chicago in the exhibition event that has now rather curiously been made a semi-official part of the ATP Tour, with a significantly stronger squad on paper.

John McEnroes Team World have just one player ranked in the top-20 (John Isner, #20). By contrast, all of Team Europes squad are inside the top-11.

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Europe would still have been the favourites even without Nadal, who has won two majors in a fruitful 2019, and given his injury problems in the back-end of a season in recent times, few, including Federer, would have blamed him for ducking out.

But according to 20-time Slam champion Federer. the world No. 2 is heavily motivated to secure another win for Borgs side.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer high five during a Laver Cup practice session
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been practising together (Picture: Getty)

He couldnt be more pumped up for this event, Federer said. He just won the US Open. It would have been so easy for him to say, “Look, I need a break.”

But he said, “No, my breaks coming afterwards. I push it all aside, and Im doing this because Read More – Source