Laver Cup 2022 LIVE: Roger Federer plays last match alongside Rafael Nadal after Andy Murray beaten

Emotional Roger Federer wishes he could ‘go on forever’ as he prepares to retire from tennis

Follow live updates as Roger Federer bids farewell to tennis and plays the final match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. Federer, who will go down as perhaps the greatest champion in tennis history, will retire from the sport at the age of 41 and the moment has brought the sport and his rivals together at the O2 Arena.

Federer’s wish to play his final match with his great rival Nadal has been granted, setting up a special occasion with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also competing for Team Europe. They will be taking on Team World, who are led by John McEnroe and have lost all four previous editions of the matchplay-style event.

Before tonight’s doubles, three singles matches were played. Casper Ruud won the opening match of the day against Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 (10-7), and was followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas crushing Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-1 to double Europe’s lead.

However, the match was overshadowed by a bizarre climate change protest in which a man set his arm on fire while on court, while wearing a t-shirt that read: “End UK Private Jets”.

Murray then faced Alex De Minaur, as Team World got their first point after a lengthy 5-7 6-3 (10-7) victory, before the eyes of the world focus on Federer for a final time and the Swiss brings his legendary career to close. Follow live updates of the opening day of the Laver Cup, below:

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 1-0 Sock / Tiafoe*

Federer’s serve remains as tricky as ever to read and Team World have yet to get close to it. As Federer and Nadal close out the opening hold, Tiafoe almost takes off Nadal’s head with a forehand that goes long.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 6-4 Sock / Tiafoe – Europe win the fist set!

Superb from Nadal! He opens up the court wonderfully to give Europe a chance at 40-30, following strong serving from Tiafoe.

Federer then leaps on a forehand, firing it at Sock, and it gets Europe to deuce.

Tiafoe leaves one short and as Federer puts it away, suddenly it’s set point! Federer whips the forehand into the court following the return, and the American pair net!

Just like that, Federer and Nadal lead!

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 5-4 Sock / Tiafoe*

Sock lands a backhand winner down the line and Team World senses the first opportunity of the match at 30-30. Tiafoe then steps in, cutting off Nadal, and the Spaniard puts the backhand into the net.

Break point, but the ball sits up for Federer and he puts away the smash! Tiafoe then nets on the return, and Federer seals the hold with a smart volley at the net!

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Laver Cup 2022: *Federer / Nadal 4-4 Sock / Tiafoe

Tiafoe plays a beautiful fading volley at the net as Team World move level again. The Americans are certainly not being daunted by the stage.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 4-3 Sock / Tiafoe*

Federer with the flying volley! It moves Europe up into game point, Nadal steps in to limit the backcourt rally, eventually getting the better of a quick exchange at the net with Tiafoe.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Federer / Nadal 3-3 Sock / Tiafoe

Neither team is able to make much of an impact on the return game as yet. Tiafoe and Sock hold fairly comfortably as Federer takes his turn to serve.

Here is that remarkable shot from earlier.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 3-2 Sock / Tiafoe*

Quick hands again from Federer! He meets the passing shot from Sock and finds the open space in court to dispatch it. Nadal then follows it in, as Europe takes the hold.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Federer / Nadal 2-2 Sock / Tiafoe

A couple of loose shots from the dream team, as Federer puts the forehand long and then Nadal misses at the net. Tiafoe catches Federer with a drop volley, and then Nadal nets.

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Laver Cup 2022: Federer / Nadal 2-1 Sock / Tiafoe*

Federer’s first serve finds the net but then he catches out Sock with a kicker, with Nadal helping out too with quick touches at the net. Federer sends another kicker out wide, before threading the winner in between Sock and Tiafoe!

But what’s this? John McEnroe is pointing to a hole the size of a tennis ball at the corner of the net! And that’s exactly what Federer put it through!

Still, Europe got their hold – but that was a funny moment. Federer looking sharp on the serves too.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Federer / Nadal 1-1 Sock / Tiafoe

Sock almost catches Federer with a smash, which is bold, but we want this to be competitive of course.

Nadal puts a volley wide before Tiafoe seals the World’s hold with an ace down the middle. Tiafoe said this before, but they are here to win tonight.

Here comes Federer to serve.

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