The tennis world has reacted to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meeting in London ahead of the Swiss maestro’s farewell tournament.
Federer announced the 2022 Laver Cup tournament would be his tennis goodbye after an emotional retirement message last week.
The 20-time grand slam champion will play a doubles event on Friday in London, which will mark his last competitive tennis match.
Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will join Federer on Team Europe.
And fans got a glimpse of the enormity of this edition of the Laver Cup when Djokovic arrived at the O2 Arena and greeted Federer.
The 41-year-old visited Djokovic during a practice session, which also saw him see British rival Andy Murray.
The tournament is hitting tennis fans with a sense of nostalgia having watched the ‘Big Four’ take the game to new heights.
Not since 2019 have Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray competed at a tournament and this will also mark the last occasion.
WTA World No.1 and US Open champ Iga Swiatek was quick to praise the amazing scenes at the Laver Cup.
Novak Djokovic in shock doubles announcement
Djokovic hasn’t played since winning the Wimbledon title in July, beating Nick Kyrgios in the final.
However, the 21-time grand slam champ stunned fans after he announced a team-up with Israeli veteran Jonathan Erlich at next week’s Tel Aviv Open.
The Serbian confirmed he will play doubles alongside the 45-year-old Israeli at the ATP 250 event, reviving their pairing after lifting the trophy at Queen’s Club in 2010.
Djokovic lone doubles title came alongside Elrich 12 years ago, prompting the 21-time grand slam champion to team up with his former partner one final time.
“I know this is going to be your last tournament,” Djokovic said in a video message to Elrich.
The best memory of my life in doubles was with you. You gave me the pleasure of winning the only doubles title of my life in Queen’s.
“You’ve always been very friendly towards me and towards my team. Everybody loves you and everybody will miss you on the tour.
“I look forward to seeing you in Tel Aviv in your ‘last dance’.”
There has been talks Djokovic could partner Murray at the Laver Cup.
Federer made the sad announcement he wouldn’t be playing a singles match at the tournament due to his knee injury.
However, Federer said he would be taking part in doubles and hinted at who he would be pairing in his final match ever.