Stefanos Tsitsipas earned his first career win over Nick Kyrgios yesterday at the Laver Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win to open Day 2 in Boston.
Tsitsipas, who was 0-2 against the Australian, had to save six total break points in his last two service games to secure the win.
“I was really pumped. First of all, I had a team behind me, backing me up. It is important,” Tsitsipas said. “Coming in with a negative record, of course you want to change that and get a win, at least, which I’m very happy about.
Alexander Zverev kept Team Europe rolling with a tough 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 10-5 win over John Isner. Isner bombed 22 aces but Zverev played a flaw match tiebreaker.
“In this format, playing against John is probably one of the toughest opponents that can be,” Zverev said. “He’s the best server of all time. He’s hitting the ball extremely hard, extremely well today. I played a pretty good match. Even the second set that I lost, I don’t think I did many things wrong. That just shows that the match was very high level and I’m very happy to give Europe the lead.”
In the evening, Daniil Medvedev dominated Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-0. Tsitsipas then returned with Andrey Rublev to beat Isner and Kyrgios in doubles 10-4 in the match tiebreaker.
“I played unbelievable tennis, especially in the second set,” said Medvedev. “I didn’t know what to expect because after the US Open, I didn’t play for a week-and-a-half. I came here, practiced as much as I could the last three days. I didn’t hit many balls but, surprisingly, I was feeling good.”
Team Europe leads Team World 9-1 winning 7 of the 8 ties played thus far.
Today, though, each match is worth 4 points so Team World could get back into it quickly is Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov can beat Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev.
Any match win by Europe today will end the event — first team to 13 wins.
Players on the winning team may be awarded as much as $250,000 per person in prize money. Losing team members will take home $150,000. Each player reportedly will also receive a bonus for participation based on ranking.
SUNDAY LAVER CUP SCHEDULE
Andrey Rublev/Alexander Zverev (Team Europe) vs Reilly Opelka/Denis Shapovalov (Team World)
Alexander Zverev (Team Europe) vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World)
Daniil Medvedev (Team Europe) vs Diego Schwartzman (Team World)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Team Europe) vs John Isner (Team World)
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