December 2, 2022

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Murray backs Federer as future Laver Cup captain


Andy Murray has backed Roger Federer as a future Laver Cup captain after Bjorn Borg indicated the sixth version in Vancouver subsequent yr might be his final.

Federer bade farewell to skilled tennis on the event in London on the weekend, taking part in doubles alongside nice rival Rafael Nadal on Friday in his remaining aggressive match, which led to defeat.

Workforce Europe suffered a 13-8 loss to Workforce World within the Ryder Cup-style event to make sure Federer, 41, was denied one remaining trophy however a emptiness for the captaincy will open up when Swedish nice Borg steps away.

Federer, who gained 20 Grand Slams in his glittering profession, mentioned he had no rapid plans after hanging up his racquet however it’s probably he’ll need to keep concerned within the Laver Cup, which he helped to create.

“I’m certain Roger goes to remain concerned within the occasion in some capability and perhaps someday captain the crew,” Murray mentioned.

“Look, he’s nice on the facet (teaching). He watches lots of tennis, he loves the sport. I believe for ex-players that go into teaching, I believe that’s vital to form of keep present and know lots of the gamers.”

Murray made his Laver Cup debut at London’s O2 area, becoming a member of different members of the “Huge 4” – Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic in competing for Workforce Europe.

Djokovic expressed his hope that Federer would flip his hand to teaching.

“I believe that Roger can supply lots,” he mentioned. “I imply… it’s logical to anticipate him to have the ability to share so many helpful and beneficial issues with anyone actually.

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“If he ever would think about doing that, I’m certain that he’s going to carry lots of optimistic issues to the development of that participant, whether or not male or feminine, in each side on and off the courtroom.

“He’s undoubtedly one of many biggest gamers to play the sport, the way in which he performed it, together with his model and effortlessness.”

Each Murray and Djokovic tasted defeats on the ultimate day to forestall a dream finale for Federer, who watched Workforce World win a maiden Laver Cup by a five-point margin.