After numerous close battles against each other over the years, Roger Federer will get to enjoy what he

called a “special moment” in partnering with Rafael Nadal for the final match of his career.

Federer, who will retire from tennis after this week’s Laver Cup, confirmed he would only play one doubles match

London’s O2 Arena on Friday – the last act of his long, decorated career.

And on Thursday, it was announced the Swiss star would partner with Nadal,

18 years on from when they first faced each other on the ATP Tour in Miami.

The pair have met 40 times over the course of their careers – including nine grand slam finals – and also played together at the 2017 Laver Cup.

“For as long as we battled together, having always had this respect for one another – our families,

our coaching teams – we always got along really well,”

Federer told reporters on Wednesday when asked about the possibility of playing alongside the Spaniard.