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Andy Murray says he hopes for a ‘special’ final match with tennis great Roger Federer at the Laver Cup before the star retires after the tournament


Andy Murray has admitted he wants a “special” match with soon-to-retire Roger Federer at the Laver Cup.

Federer – who has won 20 Grand Slams in his career, including a record eight at Wimbledon – is expected to hang up his racket after next week’s tournament.

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Federer ended an amazing career

And Murray wants to bid farewell to his longtime Laver Cup rival

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And Murray wants to bid farewell to his longtime Laver Cup rival

“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my last ATP event,” the 41-year-old Swiss star announced last week in a heartfelt retirement announcement this week.

“I will play more tennis in the future, of course, but not in Grand Slams or on the circuit.”

Murray and Federer are two of tennis’ best-known stars, with the pair having faced each other 25 times during their illustrious careers, with the latter winning 14 and Murray victorious in 11.

But while the two have been fierce opponents on the pitch, Murray has revealed he wants to give Federer a dream matchup next weekend.

Speaking about Federer ahead of the tournament at the O2 Arena, the Scot said: “It’s a sad, sad day for sport [Federer retiring].

“Amazing career, the longevity he’s had. What he’s done [at the 2017] The Australian Open when he came back from knee surgery and it was amazing.


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Andy Murray and Roger Federer had memorable matches

“The way he played the game, behaved and all those things, I think all the players respected him for that. I’ll talk more about that I’m sure in the coming week with the Laver Cup.

“I don’t know how much he will be able to play. I haven’t told him about it. Maybe I get the opportunity to share a court with him in doubles or something. It would be really special.

Federer’s first ever match against Murray was in the 2005 Thailand Open final, with Federer winning in straight sets (6-3, 7-5).

The two stars haven’t faced each other since the 2015 Cincinnati Masters, with Federer winning the match again in straight sets (6-4, 7-6).

Federer, Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are all part of the European squad at the Laver Cup next weekend, in what should be Federer’s final farewell to the sport.

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Andy Murray says he hopes for a 'special' final match with tennis great Roger Federer at the Laver Cup before the star retires after the tournament

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