The third iteration of the Laver Cup gets underway Friday in Geneva, Switzerland where a heavily-favored European team hosts the visiting World team.
Europe has won both previous Laver Cups and with six players in the Top 15 vs 0 players in the Top 10 for the World, they figure to continue the domination.
The Europeans are led by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini.
“We have incredible depth,” said Federer. “So there you have it. As much as we’re the favorites, I do think it’s going to be extremely tight.
“They’re really good at doubles – Jack is one of the world’s best doubles players, if not the absolute best right now – and we know how hard it’s going to be.
“But I’m so pumped that everybody’s here, everybody seems excited, and everybody’s basically ready to go.”
The World will have high-powered servers John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Taylor Fritz plus Denis Shapovalov and doubles man Jack Sock.
“I’m personally not scared of that team,” said Kyrgios. “I have beaten every single one of their members, and I know guys on my team have beaten them before, as well.
“I mean, yeah, on paper we’re undermanned and we’re an underdog, but I don’t believe that – you know, I strongly believe that we can win.
“Like we have been so close the last few years. We have had match points to win the whole thing. John had match points against Federer. I had match points against Federer. We got super unlucky.
“Yeah, okay, on ranking – I think ranking is the most overrated thing ever. I strongly believe we are going to win.”
Captain: Bjorn Borg
Captain: John McEnroe
Both singles and doubles are best-of-three sets with ad scoring. In the event of split sets, the third set is a 10-point match tiebreak.
Each match win will be worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on Sunday. If points are tied at 12-all on Day 3, a doubles set with ad-scoring and a tiebreak will decide the Laver Cup champion. The winning team must reach 13 points.
Each player will play at least one singles match during the first two days. No player will play singles more than twice during the three days. At least four of the six players must play doubles. No doubles combination can be played more than once, unless for the Decider on Day 3, if points are 12-all. Matchups will be determined prior to the first match each day through the exchange of lineup cards by the captains.
Dominic Thiem vs Denis Shapovalov
Fabio Fognini vs Jack Sock
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Taylor Fritz
Roger Federer/Alexander Zverev vs Denis Shapovalov/Jack Sock
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