Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will play on the same team at the Laver Cup
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 18/09/17 8:41pm
Tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will put their epic rivalry to one side when they team up together for the Laver Cup.
The competition will see world No 1 Nadal and 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer play for Team Europe against a Rest of the World side in Prague, and you can watch the action live on Sky Sports.
It's been an incredible tennis year with the duo able to turn back the clock and share the four Grand Slams between them.
Sky Live: Laver Cup
Laver Cup between Europe and the rest of the World will be shown live on Sky Sports
Their rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches with Nadal, back on top of the world rankings for the first time in three years, with a 10th title at the French Open and third at the US Open forming part of his 16-Slam portfolio.
Federer captured the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles and with a 2017 record of five titles, 39 match wins and just four losses, the evergreen Swiss remains at the very top of his game at the age of 36 with 19 major titles.
The dominant Spaniard leads their head-to-head record 23-14, but they will put their on-court rivalry aside when they team-up for the first time.
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"After all these years I actually get a chance to support his forehand, his aggressive play, his fighting spirit, his everything," said Federer after the announcement of the Laver Cup teams. "He's been a wonderful champion for our sport.
"I think Rafa brought something to the game that we really haven't seen that much before, or not at all. The amount of spin he was able to bring to the game or the physicality and his movement on clay."
Nadal said of Federer: "I've never seen anybody with all the ingredients that Roger has. Big serve, big forehand, movement, the slice, but at the same time he plays with unbelievable elegance."
The pair had not met since 2015 before this year's epic Australian Open final where Federer prevailed, winning 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 38 minutes.
In their 37th and last meeting to date, it was Swiss maestro Federer who claimed the Miami Open crown and made reference to their first-ever meeting, at the same venue, away back in 2004 when a 17-year-old Nadal beat a 22-year-old Federer.
From 2003 to 2014, Nadal and Federer picked up 31 of the available 48 Grand Slam men's singles titles. They are the only pair in the open era to have met nine times in major finals, and they contested every French Open and Wimbledon final from 2006 to 2008.
I would be hard to say that Rafa and Roger isn't the greatest men's rivalry...
Watch the video at the top of the page to see the rivalry between Nadal and Federer.
Nadal v Federer: Tale of the Tape
|Height||6ft 1ins||6ft 1ins|
|Grand Slam titles||16||19|
|Head-to-head in Grand Slam finals||6||3|
|Career prize money||$89,989,532||$108,250,560|
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