Alexander Zverev fought the nerves and got over a tough season by winning the Laver Cup for Team Europe.
Zverev edged Milos Raonic 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 to give Team Europe a 13-11 win and their third straight Laver Cup title.
“I’ve never played in something like that, it was unbelievable,” said Zverev who also won it last year for Europe.
“It’s very special, especially playing in front of those guys and them trusting me to play the last singles game. This event is something I hope to play in every single year of my career.”
In a match-up that was supposed to be one-sided from Day 1, Team Europe had to win the last two matches to beat Team World.
World opened the day down 7-5 by pulled ahead with consecutive 3 points wins as John Isner and Jack Sock began the session stunning Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.
Rafael Nadal was due to take up Nick Kyrgios next, but a left hand issue forced Nadal out. Team Europe installed Dominic Thiem in his place to face the Australian, but Kyrgios then withdrew handing the baton to Taylor Fritz. And the American came up big shocking Thiem 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-5.
After the win, World led 11-7 and needed just one match from the last two to secure the Cup. But Federer eased past Isner 6-4, 7-6(3) to make it 11-10 and set up Zverev’s heroics.
“Congratulations Team World on an unbelievable fight, I can’t wait for the next one in Boston. For us, so many emotions. It’s been an unbelievable rollercoaster,” Federer said.
“Bjorn, you’re a great captain, and Rocket, thanks for being here today. It makes it more special.
“It’s been a dream weekend for me to be playing in Switzerland. Thank you for all the noise you’ve made, I’ve loved every moment.”
As Federer said, next year’s event will be held in Boston.
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I was able to watch some of Laver Cup thanks to coverage by Amazon Prime (lucked out that I happened to open the app and saw it was being covered). I really enjoyed watching the interactions between the players, especially the sideline coaching by Roger and Rafa.
But some of the player decisions were odd. Like why they kept putting Tsitsipas in for the doubles when Fognini is a slam winning doubles player.
September 23rd, 2019 at 12:39 pm