18-time Grand Slam champion and the 2017 Australian Open hero Roger Federer on Monday said that he wants Rafael Nadal to be his doubles partner at the inaugural Laver Cup this year.

The 35-year-old made the confession during the unveiling of the tennis tournament which is scheduled at Prague in September.

“I’ve always wanted to play with Rafa just because our rivalry has been so special,” Federer said in a statement.

“I’ve seen his wicked forehand go past me too often,” he added.

The Swiss marvel, who defeated Nadal in a five-set thriller in the Australian Open final last month, played some rallies against Tomas Berdych on a boat cruising the Vltava river in front of a jam-packed crowd watching from the well-known Charles Bridge.

“Rod Laver wants us to represent our part of the world with pride and play our best and win for our teammates. We will play to our best possibilities,” Federer told the media while speaking about the event.