Rafael Nadal is used to the pressure, but he too will have his nerve when he lines up alongside Roger Federer for the last game of the great Swiss.
Federer will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career by teaming up with Nadal in doubles at the Laver Cup after Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg granted 20-time Grand Slam champion the desire to compete alongside his oldest and greatest rival. .
The “GOAT Dream Team”, with 42 major titles between them, will face Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of Team World at 02 London on Friday night.
“It’s a different kind of pressure,” Nadal said. “After all the extraordinary things we have shared together on and off the pitch, being part of this historic moment will be something extraordinary, unforgettable for me.
“I hope to have a good chance of playing at a decent level, and I hope that together we can create a good moment and maybe win a game. So let’s see.
“Obviously being on the pitch, having Roger next to me once again will be something I can’t wait. I am just very happy for it.
“It will be difficult to manage everything, especially for Roger, no doubt. For me too. You know, in the end, one of the most important players, if not the most important, of my tennis career, is leaving.
“I will try to do my best in every single way, to help make this moment even more special than it will be.”
The Ryder Cup-style event also offers the intriguing prospect of two other former world number ones, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, as they resume their short-lived and utterly unsuccessful doubles partnership.
The gold duo teamed up as teenagers at the Australian Open in 2006 and in Miami five years later, losing both times in the first round.
“We were talking about it last night, about different combinations and collaborations in the team, and of course it is up to the captain to decide that, but we have a lot of great options in the team,” Murray said.
“Novak and I would be good, yes, but if we don’t, whoever goes out on the doubles pitch will be a top-notch team.
“Obviously it will be fun to play with Novak again. Yes, 2006 seems like a long time ago. We were talking about it last night. I had hair, like, out here. Yes, it would be fun to do it. “
The “big four” all trained together on Thursday afternoon, with Murray and Djokovic on the other side of the net for Federer and Nadal.
However, Djokovic has his doubts that Borg would choose him.
“I’m probably the worst doubles player on the team, so I don’t know if I would be picked,” he said.
“But if we get the chance to play, we hope to win a game, because we both lost.”
Murray, making his debut at the event, will face Australian Alex De Minaur in the first game of the evening.
In the day session Casper Ruud faces Sock and Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Diego Schwartzman.