Federer made the revelation at the unveiling of the new tournament named after Australian great Rod Laver which will be held in Prague in September.

It will see a Bjorn Borg-captained European team against John McEnroe's rest of the world.

Federer downed Nadal in an epic five-set Australian Open final last month after enjoying a rivalry dating back more than a decade.

The world No.9 said he would like to now team up with the man who has arguably dominated him in the past.

"I've always wanted to play with Rafa... just because our rivalry has been so special,” Federer said.

"I've seen his wicked forehand go past me too often!

"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.”

The Laver Cup will feature four matches each day -- three in singles and one in doubles.