Laver Cup 2022 LIVE: Roger Federer plays last match – latest scores and tennis updates today

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

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, 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 will be played. Casper Ruud won the opening match of the day against Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 (10-7), and it was followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas against Diego Schwartzman. Murray then faces Alex De Minaur before the eyes of the world focus on Federer for a final time and the Swiss brings his legendary career to a close. Follow live updates of the opening day of the Laver Cup, below:

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Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 1-1 Diego Schwartzman

Tsitsipas returns with aggressive hitting from the baseline. A double fault from Schwartzman brings up break point but the return from Tsitsipas goes long, just.

The first is saved but Tsitsipas sets up another with a lovely angled forehand. Schwartzman should save this, too, but he blinks on the overhead! We’re back level again.

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Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 0-1 Diego Schwartzman*

Hang on, though. Tsitsipas comes out for the second set – after a brief break in which a towel was required to mop up some moisture on court – and takes a chance on a risky drop shot that misses its mark.

It’s followed by an error and suddenly Schwartzman has two break points – Tsitsipas saves them both with some steely hitting from behind the baseline.

This match has found its edge – some great points in this lengthy deuce… And there’s the break! Tsitsipas had saved three but not the fourth as he framed a forehand. Schwartzman gives Team World hope.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 Diego Schwartzman – Europe win the opening set

By contrast, Tsitsipas rattles out a hold to love, moving a game away from the set.

He comes out looking determined to finish the job and there’s a tight looking forehand into the net from Schwartzman to set up 15-30.

Brilliant from Tsitsipas! A fitting tribute to Federer from the Greek to dispatch a brilliant one-handed backhand down the line for a clean winner.

Two set points, but he only needs one. Schwartzman goes long and Europe takes the opening set again.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-2 Diego Schwartzman

Schwartzman needs all the help he can get as Tiafoe offers some coaching at the bench, while Federer delights fans at courtside by signing a row of tennis balls.

The Argentine connects with a lovely backhand winner but Tsitsipas is really putting the pressure on from the baseline. Schwartzman is dragged to deuce but is able to escape again with the hold.

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Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-1 Diego Schwartzman*

Tsitsipas is enjoying this – he plays a lovely forehand pass from the baseline, that came from right under his feet. Djokovic loved it and showed his appreciation as the Greek marches into a 4-1 lead.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-1 Diego Schwartzman

Schwartzman has not been in much form coming into the Laver Cup – and when these players met just a few weeks ago in Cincinatti Tsitsipas was a 6-3 6-3 winner.

The Argentine faces a hole at 0-30 and Tsitsipas then finds the lines to set up a break point on deuce. Schwartzman defends well to save it, and he eventually finds a welcome hold as Tsitsipas pushes a sliced ​​volley wide.

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Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-0 Diego Schwartzman*

Tsitsipas continues his nice start with a scrambling volley at the net, but he is also benefitting from some loose hitting from Schwartzman. He takes a 3-0 lead and Federer nods in approval at the bench.

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Laver Cup 2022: *Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-0 Diego Schwartzman

Just like in the opening match, Europe got the break in the first service game. Schwartzman had started well with a lovely drop shot but two poor strokes into the net saw Tsitsipas strike ahead early.

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Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-0 Diego Schwartzman*

Tsitsipas revealed this week that the reason he plays with a one-handed backhand is thanks to Federer, whose famous groundstroke we will see later on.

Tsitsipas gets off the mark thanks to a controlled volley at the net.

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Laver Cup 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Diego Schwartzman

Attention now very quickly turns to the second match of the session, as Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Diego Schwartzman. Tsitsipas has had a strange year, again not managing to take the step that is required at the grand slams and suffering some early exits at Wimbledon and the US Open.

This is a different kind of tournament, of course, and as a player who looks up to the big three, the Greek will be wanting to absorb as much knowledge as possible this week.

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