Roger Federer shared his hopes of seeing Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz playing together at next year’s Laver Cup as Team Europe suffered a one-sided defeat. Team World won by 13 points to two as the tournament’s co-founder admitted that Europe would need to pull together a stronger side when the Laver Cup returns in Berlin. A former member of Europe’s squad, Federer confessed that he was still biased in wanting them to win.
Federer had been back at this year’s Laver Cup as a spectator 12 months after he retired at the team tournament when it was staged in London. The 42-year-old co-founded the event alongside his agent Tony Godsick to honour Rod Laver and bring different generations of tennis stars together.
Having represented Team Europe on four occasions, the former world No 1 was supposed to be neutral this year. But he admitted that he was still biased toward his old squad as he sent out a request to Djokovic and Alcaraz, hoping to see them join forces on the team next year.
Speaking to Barbara Schett, the Swiss star was asked who he wanted to see on the team and there were two names at the top of his list. “I would like to see Novak again, to be honest. I would love to see actually Alcaraz and Novak on the same team. Love to see that happen,” he smiled.
Federer also named some other potential candidates for a spot on Team Europe. With the Laver Cup heading to Berlin, Schett asked whether German player Alexander Zverev could be considered. “Zverev would be great just for the German market as well and he’s been such a great supporter of the Laver Cup,” he replied.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was hoping to see Holger Rune make it to the Laver Cup after he was forced to pull out injured ahead of the tournament. He was one of two top-five stars that Europe lost, with Stefanos Tsitsipas also withdrawing.
“Somebody like Rune, he pulled out here too and I think that hurt really Team Europe, losing Tsitsipas and Rune. So, I mean there’s going to be a lot to choose from,” Federer added.
“[Daniil] Medvedev obviously would be great. I like watching [Andrey] Rublev as well, I think he tried really hard but it was a tough weekend for him. Hopefully, maybe, somebody is going break through as well and maybe get a chance to be a pick for Bjorn Borg as well.”
And Federer’s ongoing loyalties to Team Europe were clear as he continued to refer to the squad collectively, including himself in there. “I think we’re going to have a much better team as Team Europe to be honest. I think the energy is going to come back to our side and hopefully Team Europe can win again,” he said, laughing as he noted: “I’m biased.”