Roger Federer joked that he would consider changing his nationality to become a Spaniard in order to play doubles alongside Rafael Nadal but the pair played down talk that they would become a regular partnership on the ATP Tour.
The 36-year-old played alongside his long-time rival during Team Europe’s 15-9 Laver Cup victory over Team World, with the duo beating American pairing Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4 1-6 10-5 on Saturday.
Querrey insisted after the match that ‘Fedal’ could ‘definitely be [contenders] for four Slams a year’ if they played together regularly, which would no doubt be a popular move among their respective fan bases.
Federer was quizzed as to whether he would consider playing on the doubles scene with the Spaniard once he had finished competing in singles and joked that he would consider switching his nationality.
When asked if he could see himself playing with Nadal when he’s too old for singles, he laughed, ‘yeah, that’s a great idea,’ before turning to Nadal and saying: ‘Are you going to become Swiss, as well, maybe, and then we can play doubles together at the Olympics?
‘Or I will become a Spaniard? I don’t know.’
When pushed on the matter as to whether they would link up in Slams in the future after his singles days, Federer added: ‘No, that won’t happen. Not from my side.