Federer/Nadal vs Sock/Tiafoe: prediction for the Laver Cup match
On September 15, Roger Federer announced that he is finishing his professional career. The match against Sock and Tiafoe on Friday is going to be the final match for the Swiss legend. This is undoubtedly a historical moment, and even more special since Federer will be playing alongside his long-time rival and friend, Rafael Nadal. Nadal and Federer have a long history of playing together. For example, at the 2017 Laver Cup, they beat Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in three sets (6-4, 1-6, 10-5).
Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe, on the other hand, have not played together before. Nevertheless, this should not be a problem for the American duo. Tiafoe is having a great season. At the recent US Open, he confidently reached the semifinals. Sock is also in good form - he won the Savannah Challenger, was the runner-up in Ilkley, and made an impressive run at Wimbledon - as a qualifier, he reached the 3rd round of the Major.
In 4 Laver Cup doubles matches last year, there were 3 tiebreaks played.
3 out of 4 Laver Cup doubles matches last year ended in 3 sets.
Federer hasn't played any official matches since Wimbledon last year, but we believe that with Nadal's help he will be able to win the final match of his career. Nadal and Federer have defeated Sock before (back in 2017, Sock's partner was Sam Querrey), and we think that tonight, the eminent athletes will eke out a win, too.
Our prediction - Federer/Nadal to win
Laver Cup doubles matches are usually quite long, and we think that the upcoming battle won't be an exception. This will probably be very close, so take the over.
Second prediction - total over 21 games