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Djokovic joins European "dream team" at Laver Cup

Djokovic joins European “dream team” at Laver Cup

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LONDON (AFP) – Serbian star Novak Djokovic will join Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Swiss Roger Federer and Britain’s Andy Murray in a Dream Team for Europe at the Laver Cup, confirmed on Friday.

European team Bjorn Borg will take on John McEnroe World Team in the fifth edition of the event which will be held from September 23-25 ​​at the O2 Arena in London. Team Europe will be looking to win the three-day tournament named after Australian racket legend Rod Laver for a fifth consecutive time.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic will be playing for the first time since the 2018 Laver Cup in Chicago.

“It’s the only tournament where you can play in a group environment with players you normally compete against and to join Rafa, Roger and Andy – three of my biggest rivals of all time – it will be a truly unique tournament,” Djokovic said. , a 21-time major winner.

The four players dominated the men’s tournament for nearly two decades, dominating 66 of the 76 majors and winning every Wimbledon title since 2003.

Two vacant spots on the European team have yet to be announced to complete the six allowed spots, while McEnroe’s squad has so far included Canadian Phyllis Auger-Aliassime, American Taylor Fritz and Argentine Diego Schwarzman.

“I don’t think I could have imagined having these four icons of the game together in one team,” former world number one Sweden Borg said.

“I know they appreciate the importance of this moment like I do and will be ready for it. Our goal is to win every year. With Rafa, Roger, Andy and Novak in the team, I like our chances.”

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