Federer, Zverev put Europe on top at Laver Cup

Doug Mendoza
September 24, 2018

Team World's Jack Sock of the United States and Kevin Anderson of South Africa outlast Team Europe's Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland in the men's doubles match.

Team Europe hold a 7-5 lead over Team World before the final day's action at the Laver Cup.

But amazingly their combined powers were not enough to triumph, with the pair eventually going on to lose the match up 7-6, 3-6, 6-10, to Sock and Anderson. Under the format being used for the tournament, a tiebreak is used instead of a decisive third set.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played doubles together for the first time on Saturday but don't be surprised if they decide never to pair up again.

The exhibition event is taking place on U.S. soil for the first time and features 12 of the world's top players squaring off against each other in a three-day team event in Chicago.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an wonderful atmosphere", said Anderson afterwards.

Team Europe needs 13 points to retain the trophy.

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"Kevin was so well prepared for this, we needed this bad", said World captain John McEnroe.

Sock, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Tiafoe, Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman are representing Team World.

It took just three games for Federer to break Kyrgios in the opening set, but he waited even less in the second, breaking him in his first service game of the second set with a masterful combination of play that kept the crowd in rapture.

The doubles game followed three singles matches earlier in the day - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov putting the first point on the board for Europe after beating Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-4.

The Swiss maestro was barely ruffled as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kyrgios, showcasing his casual brilliance right on cue.

After dominating Friday's opening day, winning three out of the four matches, Europe's progress looked to be checked after Isner grabbed the first set against Zverev.

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