Roger Federer is set to play his final professional tennis match as part of Team Europe at the Laver Cup ©Getty Images

Roger Federer’s final tennis match is set to headline the opening day of tennis’s Laver Cup tournament in London, England.

The team competition is set to see players from Europe and Team World going head-to-head, with the star attraction on the opening day set to be the 20-time singles Grand Slam champion’s farewell match.

Federer’s finale is set to come in a doubles match where he is due to partner Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who has 22 Grand Slam singles titles of his own.  

Up against the pair will be Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of the United States, with the match set to act as the finale to the opening day’s play at the O2 Arena.

It is not the first time Federer and Nadal have played doubles in this competition, having done so at the first edition of the tournament in Prague, Czech Republic in 2017, when they defeated American pair Sam Querrey and Sock.

Proceedings are due to be opened by a singles match between double Grand Slam runner-up and current men’s world number two Casper Ruud of Norway, for Team Europe, against Sock, representing Team World.

The day’s second match is scheduled to see Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas take on Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

In the third singles match of the day Britain’s Sir Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Olympic medallist, is due to face Australian Alex De Minaur.

Team Europe is set to be captained by Sweden’s Bjorn Borg, who won 11 Grand Slam titles during his career, while Team World is set to be led by John McEnroe, the American who won seven Grand Slams during his career.

Team World will provide the opposition for Europe in the Laver Cup at London's O2 Arena ©Getty Images
Team World will provide the opposition for Europe in the Laver Cup at London's O2 Arena ©Getty Images

Federer, who won Olympic gold in the men’s doubles alongside compatriot Stan Wawrinka at Beijing 2008, followed by singles silver at London 2012, said in a pre-event media conference that he felt it was the perfect event and setting in which to hang up his racket, at the age of 41.

"I’m happy to do it here in London," said Federer. "Thinking about it, this city has been special to me. Maybe the most special place with Wimbledon down the road and here at The O2.

"Having Bjorn on the bench with me for my final game resonated also in a big way with me.

"Having all the other guys around just felt like I was not going to be lonely announcing my retirement.

"Not that I wanted to hijack this event or anything, but I always feel sorry for players who sometimes retire on the tour, say, ‘I’m going to play one more match,’ then at one point you lose and there you stand all alone.

"Obviously 99 per cent of the time you will lose at one point because only one guy wins the tournament.

"I just felt like this works very well here."

Europe come into the event as holders, having earned a thumping 14-1 win over Team World at last year’s event, held in Boston in the United States.

Each match win is worth one point on day one, two points on day two and three points on day three, with the first team to reach 13 points declared the winner.

In the event of a tie, a deciding doubles match is played.