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Federer and Nadal paired up for the first time at the Laver Cup.

Mark Petchey comments on Nadal and Federer teaming up again at a Grand Slam

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It was the ultimate doubles pairing that tennis fans were dreaming of.

For the first time in their respective playing careers, two of the all-time greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took to the court for the first time on the same side of the net.

The two men are famous for their incredible duels in the past, with an incredible amount of singles titles between them over two fantastic careers.

All this prestige meant it was a fantastic sight when Federer and Nadal paired up to face American partners Jack Sock and Sam Querrey for Team Europe in the Laver Cup, and saw off the challenge.

With this rare occurrence on the court, unsurprisingly the question of whether we could see the pairing together again has been raised.

With both still being powerhouses on the singles scene, the idea of the two becoming a regular doubles partnership seems unlikely, but it hasn't stopped the suggestion being floated.

Speaking on this matter, Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey has voiced his opinion, and thinks the desire for this could be slightly one-sided.

"Obviously Rafa and Roger were asked that, Roger Federer was a little bit more circumspect in terms of ‘probably not at an ATP event’. 

"Rafa would have been a little keener I definitely think to play doubles. I think it’s not going to happen obviously at a major," said Petchey.

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Petchey makes it clear that there seems to be more enthusiasm from the Spaniard's side of things, and with the two men reaching the twilight years of their careers, future appearances of the two on the same side cannot be ruled out.

However, with the two men still consistently defying age and young potential players at major after major, it makes sense that the two would hope to keep putting all of their energies into prolonging that winning feeling as long as possible.

Nevertheless, the sight of seeing two of the best men to ever pick up a racket teaming up is the stuff of fairy tale, and will always leave the fans craving more. 

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Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic
Serena Williams
Andy Murray
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer

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