Roger Federer clinches Laver Cup for Team Europe with win over Kyrgios

by: | September 23, 2017

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The Laver Cup came down to a dramatic finish, with Roger Federer winning an 11-9 deciding tiebreaker over Nick Kyrgios. (AP)

The first-ever Laver Cup came to fitting close with Roger Federer clinching the victory for Team Europe. The Swiss was pushed to the brink but ultimately outlasted Team World's Nick Kyrgios, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 11-9.

Federer was ecstatic to win the Cup after an electric weekend that looked like anything but an exhibition. The biggest stars of the sport came together, capturing the attention of the world and leaving little doubt that the unconvential event has been a booming success. 

The 2018 Laver Cup will be held in September 21-23 in Chicago.

Day 3 has brought a major upset in the Laver Cup. John Isner has defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career, 7-5, 7-6 (1). Team Europe needed only one more victory to win the competition, but thanks to Isner's strong serve and unusual display of speed and shot selection, alongside a less than stellar Nadal, Team World managed to stay alive.

Currently, it's 12-9 for Team Europe, and Nick Kyrgios will face Roger Federer next.

The final day of Laver Cup action is well underway in Prague. Alexander Zverev defeated Sam Querrey, 6-4, 6-4, in a very brisk match lasting only 62 minutes in the first singles match of Day 3. Team Europe is still in the lead thanks to strong performances from both the young and older players; Team World will have to achieve major upsets if they want to close the gap.

Team Europe now leads 12-6 and need just one more point to clinch the win. John Isner has the task of keeping Team World alive by taking on Rafael Nadal in the second singles match of the day. 

Day 3 began with an important win for Team World, who was on a losing streak the previous two days of the event. John Isner and Jack Sock teamed up to take down Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic, 7-6, 7-6. This match managed to narrow the gap to 9-6 for Team Europe before Zverev's win.  

Day 2

The match up everyone wanted to see has come and gone; Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal teaming up in doubles for the first time every. They defeated Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 in the team event between Europe and the rest of the world.

"It was unbelievable," Nadal said.

Europe needs two more victories from Sunday's four games to win.

Nick Kyrgios managed to score a point for Team World, defeating Tomas Berdych in three sets, 4-6, 7-6, 10-6. The Aussie also teamed up with Jack Sock to defeat Nadal and Berdych yesterday. It seems that Kyrgios has been carrying Team World almost squarely on his shoulders.

Team Europe continues to dominate at the Laver Cup. After Roger Federer took down Sam Querrey, it was Rafael Nadal's turn to keep his team's lead. Fighting against Jack Sock, it took three sets to finish things off, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.

Nadal is looking forward to his next match, a doubles bout with long-time friend Roger Federer. Speaking on the partnership, he said “It’s going to be very special for the fans for (me and Roger) to be together on the same part of the court.”

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