JACK SOCK, FRANCES TIAFOE EMBRACE “VILLAIN” STATUS AHEAD OF ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL CLASH AT LAVER CUP
JACK SOCK, FRANCES TIAFOE EMBRACE “VILLAIN” STATUS AHEAD OF ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL CLASH AT LAVER CUP The American duo will do its best to seize the moment during the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s farewell doubles match, as they seek precious early points for Team World.
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LONDON — No tale about legends and champions would be finished without a couple of lowlifes. During Roger Federer’s goodbye copies slam at the Laver Cup on Friday night, Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe were glad to assume that part.
Ever since Federer announced his retirement last week and confirmed that the team competition in London would be his last professional tennis tournament, all eyes have been on the star-studded field that has descended on The O2 in London.
At the point when Federer affirmed his expectation of playing one final duplicates match close by Rafael Nadal in a response of their in a split second famous competition and organization, the following inquiry was who might they face.
For Team World, the obvious choice was Laver Cup veteran Sock, who has lifted four Grand Slam trophies in men’s doubles and mixed.
“Obviously tomorrow night is going to be a beyond-iconic evening, doubles match,” Sock said on Thursday. “I’m just stoked to be a part of it with my guy Foe, you know, next to me.”
“We will go out and enjoy the moment, but not going to hold anything back,” he added grinning. “Sorry, Roger. Don’t want to spoil the night.”
It helps that the American has a lot of involvement playing the foil to fan-most loved Federer — particularly at Laver Cup, where they have gone head to head multiple times since the opposition’s presentation in 2017. Sock possesses a 3-2 lead in their copies straight on at this occasion.
“I have been fortunate enough to play some combinations of these legends of our sport a few different times. I’ll definitely draw off that,” Sock said. “Obviously, the emotions and everything will be a little different, mainly on their side and to be a part of it on our side.”
As indicated by Group World skipper John McEnroe, Sock was his go-to fellow for duplicates — yet he needed to settle on an intense chief choice with respect to who might accomplice the previous pairs world No. 2.
“We had to flip some coins there,” he revealed. “No one was running away from that one, believe me. I don’t think it gets a whole lot more exciting than that, to be part of history.”
Eventually Tiafoe got the nod, with the 24-year-old coming in full of momentum after his breakthrough semifinal run at the US Open that included a four-set upset over Nadal.
JACK SOCK, FRANCES TIAFOE EMBRACE “VILLAIN” STATUS AHEAD OF ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL CLASH AT LAVER CUP “I’m simply eager to play two promising new kids on the block tomorrow. Ought to be great,” Tiafoe kidded.
“I simply think me and Jack are only searching for a unique evening, get out there, have a good time,” he added. “That is to say, the group is clearly going to be for them. You figure out that sort of second, and simply go out there and do your part and attempt to get a success.”
Sock will perform twofold responsibility on Friday, first taking the court in quite a while against Casper Ruud in the day meeting prior to getting back to join Tiafoe in pairs during the night.