A historic night of tennis awaits in London as Roger Federer bids farewell to the sport and plays the final match of his career alongside Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup. Federer, perhaps considered the greatest champion in tennis history, will be retiring from the sport at the age of 41 and this moment has brought the sport and its rivals together at the O2 Arena.
Federer’s wish to play his last match with his great rival Nadal was granted, which set up a special occasion with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also on Team Europe. They will face Team World, led by John McEnroe and have lost all four previous editions of the match-style event.
Before my doubles tonight, three singles matches will be played. Casper Rudd won the opening match of the day against Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 (10-7), followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas by 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 the field, while wearing a T-shirt that read: “End UK Private Jets”.
Then Murray faces Alex de Minaur in front of the eyes of the world focused on Federer for the last time and the Swiss end his legendary career. Follow live updates for the opening day of the Laver Cup, below:
Laver Cup 2022: *Andy Murray 5-5 Alex de Minaur
We’re getting close to an hour and heading toward a very long opening set. Those waiting for Federer’s last game may need to put their schedules off a little longer…
De Minaur stuck without much fanfare and now Murray will see if he can get the Australian to keep the group again.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 20:18
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 5-4 Alex de Minaur *
Murray is able to work his way through the next serve game, where the serve again gets him out of some trouble. He is unable to keep the ball over the net, and de Minaur takes him to the devil.
De Minaur goes far for a comeback but then Murray puts on a long one from within the baseline. This time Murray comes out. He beats De Minaur from the baseline and steps forward again.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 20:13
Laver Cup 2022: *Andy Murray 4-4 Alex de Minaur
The match comes down to the ground a bit with some uneasy points, but Murray is able to drag himself back into the devil in sending De Minaur. The Australian still struggled to hold Murray, before Murray made his time and then unleashed a superb forehand on the cross!
Returning to the Devil, De Minaur throws in a tight double foul… but he responds with three aces. good job.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 20:05
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 4-3 Alex de Minaur *
Murray delivers the serve he needs to get out of 15-30, before finding the slash forehands to tighten control and advance the match. He returns to his seat a happier man.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:57
Laver Cup 2022: *Andy Murray 3-3 Alex de Minaur
Since that magical moment, De Minaur has netted twice after some fair play from Murray. Reaps three break points and gets Murray for first place! Shouting at Federer, Nadal and Djokovic! great things.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:52
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 2-3 Alex de Minaur *
Incredible from Murray! I can’t believe he just won this point! After being dispatched by De Minaur, chasing right and left, sending balls up, he made his way back to the point and tossed the Australian with a trademark topspin, before shooting the air into the goal! That was great, and Murray stopped and stared at his seat and his friends and foes all.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:51
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 2-3 Alex de Minaur *
Murray would require more powerful, targeted strikes to break de Minor. The Australian is happy to play with the back foot – but that’s what Murray does with an excellent forehand into the corner.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:46
Laver Cup 2022: * Andy Murray 1-3 Alex de Minaur
This is better than Murray. He’s adding strength to his groundstrokes and has some success against De Minaur, despite trailing 40-0 on the Australian’s serve. Murray returns to the Devil while De Minuar struggles with a few balls in the middle of the field.
winner! There’s a flicker ‘mon! From Murray as he puts a backhand past De Minaur – and the European bench rises! Murray thinks he made a backhand on the line, but she just got out.
De Minaur is able to dodge it – thanks to a mesh wire.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:42
Laver Cup 2022: Andy Murray 1-2 Alex de Minaur *
Murray is surrounded by the European side as he makes his way to the bench after hitting the board, after drifting a few balls from De Minaur long from the baseline. Nadal tends to offer one or two words of advice. It brings a cool element to everything.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:35
Laver Cup 2022: *Andy Murray 0-2 Alex de Minaur
Well done by De Minaur. A backhand lands the line as the winner, before Murray drives a long forehand.
Watching Federer, Djokovic and Nadal from the European benches.
Jimmy BraidwoodSeptember 23, 2022 19:30