The inaugural Laver Cup exhibition opens play Friday in Prague featuring an all-NextGen battle between Alexander Zverev (Europe) and Denis Shapovalov (World).
“I’m ready to get some revenge on this guy,” said Shapovalov who fell to the German in the Canadian semifinals.
“He’s an incredible player so it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited for it.”
Frances Tiafoe (World) also joins in the fun against Marin Cilic (Europe) and Dominic Thiem (Europe) takes on John Isner (World).
Rafael Nadal and Czech favorite Tomas Berdych will team for doubles against the World tandem of Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock.
“We hope to play well. It’ll be the first time that we’ve played together. And here we are, in the hometown of Tomas, so it’s going to be exciting,” said Nadal.
Roger Federer, whose management company helped put the event together, was not in the lineup Friday for the European team, but is slated to play on Saturday.
“Friday looks really amazing,” Federer said. “I can’t wait to start on Saturday as well, but tomorrow I’ll be the big supporter.”
* Matches are best-of-3, ad scoring with a 10-point tiebreak to decide the third set.
* Each match on Friday is worth one point, two points per match are up for grabs on Saturday, and three points for each match on the crucial deciding Sunday.
* The first team to reach 13 points will win the inaugural Laver Cup, with a thrilling doubles decider played if the scores are tied at 12-all.
FRIDAY LAVER CUP SCHEDULE
DAY SESSION – 1PM
M.CILIC (EUROPE) V F.TIAFOE (WORLD)
D.THIEM (EUROPE) V J.ISNER (WORLD)
NIGHT SESSION – 7PM
A.ZVEREV (EUROPE) V D.SHAPOVALOV
T.BERDYCH / R.NADAL (EUROPE) V N.KYRGIOS / J.SOCK (WORLD)
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