Team World Socks It to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup

Virginia Santiago
September 26, 2018

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson saw off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-3 10-6 in the Laver Cup doubles to give Team World their first point of the tournament in Chicago. In the event of split sets, the third set is a 10-point match tiebreaker. "Usually we're always against each other and now, these guys are actually cheering for me".

Incredibly, Federer and Djokovic - with 34 grand slam titles between them - suffered Team Europe's only loss in Chicago.

Roger Federer, who is now in Chicago to help Team Europe retain their Laver Cup title against Team World, is contemplating making significant changes to his 2019 schedule.

Each match win will be worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic has left Roger Federer feeling a little worse for wear after crunching a forehand at his rival while they were playing doubles together.

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

The result means Team Europe are 3-1 up on Team World and need a total of 13 points to win the tournament. "It was absolutely awesome".

Considering the Bulls were 27-55 last season, it's not as though Federer and Kyrgios could make things that much worse.

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"I felt good from the beginning of the match and that's not usual", said Federer. "And in a match like today you may go through games when you get no rhythm".

Germany's Zverev came from a set down to complete a 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 10-7 over Anderson as the Europeans successfully defended the title won in Prague past year.

"It's going to be an interesting day with four tough matches and anything can happen".

It took just three games for Federer to break the Australian in the opening set, but he waited for a shorter period in the second, breaking him at love in his first service game with a masterful combination of play that sent the capacity crowd to rapture.

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Isner and Sock saved two match points in the super tiebreaker on their way to their doubles win.

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