'When you can't beat them, you have to join them' - Federer excited to partner with Djokovic in second Laver Cup

Kachi Wachuku in Laver Cup 20 Sep 2018
  • Federer to partner with in-form Djokovic for Team Europe in second edition of Laver Cup
  • The Swiss maestro very excited to be on same side of the net as US Open champion
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with coach Bjorn Borg at a press conference ahead of the event. (credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images for The Laver Cup)

Djokovic, Zverev, Goffin, Dimitrov join Federer on Team Europe at Laver Cup 2018

The second edition of the Laver Cup comes up this weekend in Chicago, with Team Europe going up against Team World once again. There are some notable additions to this year's tournament with resurgent Djokovic joining team Europe, while Wimbledon finalist Anderson and next gen star Frances Tiafoe join Team World.

Though highest ranked Federer leads Team Europe on their quest to defend their title, the Swiss is very excited at the addition of red hot Djokovic to his team.

“When you can’t beat them you have to join them. I am very excited,” Federer said.

“To be quite honest, last year it was an odd feeling when you’re sitting on the bench because I am a tennis player and I want to play. But for the first time I looked towards the court and thought, ‘oh Dominic Thiem’s playing or Rafa’s playing and those guys are playing better than me right now."

“And I’m sure I’ll feel the same when Novak’s out there. It’s cool watching my guy, my team member beat up the other guy. This time it is actually good for me," the 37-year old added.

Team Europe's Kyle Edmund, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer, David Goffin, Jeremy Chardy and Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images for The Laver Cup)

Federer has had a good year so far, winning his 20th Grand Slam title in Australia and regaining the number one ranking before relinquishing it to Nadal during the clay court season. He has also won two other titles in Rotterdam and Stuttgart, but has suffered a dip in form since; falling in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, losing to Djokovic in the Cincinnati final and suffering a fourth round upset to Millman at the US Open.

Djokovic on the other hand, has compiled a superb 27-2 win loss record since his Roland Garros quarter-final loss. He finished runner-up at Queen's, won Wimbledon, Cincinnati and the US Open to become the first male player to complete the career Golden Masters and bring his grand slam total to 14, equaling Pete Sampras

You can't blame the Swiss legend for welcoming the idea of contending alongside, rather than against his in-form rival. Both Federer and Djokovic are expected to play doubles for Team Europe, which should be very interesting.

“It is going to be great fun and I can’t wait for not just the matches but also spending time together.”

Djokovic will be making his debut at this year's Laver Cup in Chicago and he explained why he could not wait to participate in the tournament.

“The Laver Cup has a great team spirit, it’s something we’re missing a little bit on the tour," the 14-time major champion said.

“So it’s great to see this concept and this format working well.

“I wanted to be a part of it and have a great experience.”

The Laver Cup gets underway from 21-23 September at the United Center in Chicago.

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