The second Laver Cup went once again to a powerful Team Europe squad who turned away Team World 13-8 Sunday in Chicago.
With the score 10-8 heading into the 11th match (of 12), Team Europe needed a win from Alexander Zverev over Kevin Anderson, and he didn’t disappoint winning 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-7 to secure the win.
“It was such a close match all around, not only this one but all weekend, a few points here and there and it could have been different,” said Zverev.
“I’m just happy to get the win and we defended the title, that’s the most important thing.
Team Europe led 3-1 after Friday and had built a 7-1 lead midway through Saturday. Then Anderson beat Novak Djokovic followed by Jack Sock/Nick Kyrgios defeating Grigor Dimitrov/David Goffin to narrow to 7-5.
John Isner/Sock put World ahead 8-7 on Sunday with a stunning win over Roger Federer/Zverev. Federer turned around and beat Isner before Zverev sealed it.
“This is actually my favorite week of the year. I’m very proud of my team, we knew it’s going to be very difficult to beat Team World with John as the captain. He has a great team, they’re very professional,” said Europe’s captain Bjorn Borg.
In 11 completed matches, Team Europe won 7 of 8 singles matches, Team World and Jack Sock won all 3 doubles.
The 2019 Laver Cup will be held in Geneva.
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