In a promotional event held in the host city of Prague on Monday, the 18-time Grand Slam champion discussed his ideas and expectations regarding the tournament, which has been inspired by the Ryder Cup in golf that pits the best players from Europe and the US as part of competing teams, rather than the individual players themselves. The 2017 Australian Open victor Roger Federer expects it to be a tough competition rather than an exhibition match.
I guess I would love to play with Rafa just because of our rivalry has been so special. Prague is the inaugural host city of what will be an annual event. Europe is the favourite on paper, we hope to win of course.´.
"I'm super excited about teaming up with some of my greatest rivals, like Rafa and Tomas".
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It's an interesting difference to be maintained, for the Laver Cup format doesn't alter the rules of the game unlike how the IPTL and Fast4 have tweaked them, ostensibly to draw out the players and crowds.
Federer said Berdych and Rafael Nadal will also be on the 6-man European squad.
Federer made the confession at the launch of the new tournament, which will see Bjorn Borg's European team take on John McEnroe's rest of the world side in September.
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While Europe boasts 17 out of the current top 20 players in the world, Federer refused to see his continent as the clear winners. On Friday and Saturday there will be a day and night session, while on Sunday the final will be played in the day session. All of them will be at the best of three sets with ad scoring.
Players in the Laver Cup, however, will play best-of-three sets, with an ad-point after deuce instead of a deciding point. In the event of split sets, the 3rd set will be be a 10 point match tie break. "Of course, I hope that Team Europe can win the very first Laver Cup in history - here in Prague". If the two teams are tied at 12-12 at the end of all matches, a fifth match on Sunday will be played to determine the victor.
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