Team Europe lifted the Laver Cup from 2017 to 2019 without much opposition from Team World. Roger Federer, a co-founder of the Laver Cup, was part of Team Europe that enjoyed the victories. He had witnessed the ‘amazing run’ of triumph but he was left dismayed in the stands as he watched Team World thrash Team Europe 13-2 to retain the title in 2023.
The heavy defeat led Roger Federer, the twenty-time Grand Slam winner, to express his utmost hopes of seeing tennis sensations Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and other stars pair up with Team Europe in the 2024 Laver Cup. Team Europe last won the Laver Cup in 2021 after thrashing Team World 14-1.
Roger Federer’s dream Laver Cup lineup of Djokovic and Alcarez
Roger Federer, a former team leader of Team Europe was in attendance at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada for Team World’s comprehensive 13-2 win over Team Europe at the 2023 Laver Cup. Team World retained the title after winning the Laver Cup for the first time last year.
Following Team Europe’s loss, Roger Federer, who has represented the team on four occasions, discussed his ideal lineup for the 2024 Laver Cup. The former World No. 1 conveyed his desire for Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune, and Daniil Medvedev to pair up and make Team Europe a formidable aide come 2024.
“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,” Federer told Eurosport.
The Swiss maestro also wished other tennis stars would pair up for Team Europe in 2024 Laver Cup edition: “(Alexander) Zverev would be great for the German market as well and he’s been such a great supporter of the Laver Cup as well. Someone like [Holger] Rune, he pulled out too and that really hurt Team Europe. Losing [Stefanos] Tsitsipas and Rune.”
“There’s a lot to choose from, [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. Then hopefully somebody is going to break through as well as get a chance to be a pick for Bjorn Borg,” Federer concluded.
Roger Federer, twenty-time Grand Slam champion and co-founder of the Laver Cup, despite his retirement from the courts, was the main figure in the team tournament between Team World and Team Europe. He spent the entire week participating in interviews and events to promote the tournament.
Team World handed Team Europe a brutal 13-2 loss in Laver Cup
Team World defended their Laver Cup crown with a dominant 13-2 victory over Team Europe. Thanks to Americans Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe for defeating Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev 7-6(5) and 7-6(4) to help Team World hit the 13-point mark needed to defeat Team Europe.
“They destroyed Team Europe. Team World played fantastic, they really brought the energy,” Roger Federer said after the game.
“Everybody brought a point, they were stronger in the doubles. In the singles too, they were moving fast, they were ready to go. They thoroughly deserved victory,” Roger Federer added
Asked about the prospect of moving back to Europe for the Laver Cup 2024 tournament, the Swiss former world No. 1 was optimistic for Team Europe.
“We can speak German, very much looking forward to Berlin, a city I don’t know very well,” he began. “I can’t wait to go there. I think it’s great to take tennis back to Germany. I think we’ll have much better energy as Team Europe,” Federer said.
Team Europe won the first four editions of the tournament, but they have seen the momentum shift and Team World claimed the last two titles. Surely the co-founder of the event would love to see the title come back to Europe.