Result Team Europe 13 Team World 11
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Team Europe 10 Team World 11 (after match 11)
Team Europe 7 Team World 11 (after match 10)
Europe must now rely on singles victories from Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev if it is to win a third straight Laver Cup after Dominic Thiem was handed a 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-5 defeat on Sunday.
The final day at the third edition of the Europe v World showpiece in Geneva will go down to the wire, with Federer needing victory over John Isner whIle Zverev must beat Milos Raonic.
Thiem went down to American substitute Taylor Fritz as World increased its lead to 11-7 after seizing it for the first time through an earlier doubles win. The first side to 13 points wins the weekend.
Fritz was thrown into the mix after teammate Nick Kyrgios said he would be unfit to play.
“This is such a big win for Team World,” Fritz said. “We really needed that. We need one more match win, it’s crucial.”
The No, 30 who lost on Friday to Stefanos Tsitsipas, was pleased to make amends.
“To let the team down on the first day and come back today and contribute just means everything.
“I felt good this morning, two hours before Nick came to me and said he not feeling great and I might have to hop in there. – I was ready to go.”
Fritz called victory “one of the biggest wins of my career. it means so much to do it when you’re playing for other people.”
In opening Sunday doubles, Isner and journeyman Jack Sock beat Federer and Tsitsipas 5-7 6-4 10-8
Federer had originally been set to re-up with Rafael Nadal in an all-star combination from a year ago in Chicago.
But the Spaniard who won the US Open this month was forced to live out the day’s drama on the sidelines after a hand inflammation injury flared up.
Europe have won both previous editions of the Federer-insipred Laver Cup, but now faces a must-win situation with victories on the final day yielding three points apiece.
Only victories in both remaining singles rubber will assure the team coached by Bjorn Borg the chance to make it three straight.trophies.
“It feels great, the energy’s amazing and we’ve got a lead,” said World captain John McEnroe.
The Europe side was dealt an injury blow on Sunday as Rafael Nadal withdrew prior to the start of final-day play with a hand injury.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner who is fresh of a fourth US Open title this month, made the call after consulting with onsite medical staff in Geneva at the third edition of the Europe v World event.
Europe lead the World 7-5 going into the final day’s play.
“I’ve had an amazing time playing here at the Laver Cup and I’m so disappointed I’m not able to play again today,” Nadal said in a statement.
“I have some inflammation in my hand and I need to rest”
“The atmosphere has been amazing here in Geneva and of course I’m going to be there courtside today for all my teammates and do everything I can to support them and help Team Europe win the Laver Cup.”
Nadal was to have played a vital role in wrap-up proceedings: Europe captain Bjorn Borg had lined up the Spaniard alongside Roger Federer for opening doubles..
With victories each counting for three points on the day, each rubber is critical if Europe are to claim a possible third victory in the competition after winning in Prague, 2017 and in Chicago a year ago.
Nadal was also to have also played singles against Nick Kyrgios, who lost in three sets on Saturday to Federer.
Borg will substitute Stefanos Tsitsipas into doubles with Federer while Dominic Thiem will replace Nadal in the singles with Australian Kyrgios.
In other matches which will decide the title at the third edition of the Cup, Federer will play singles against John Isner while German Alexander Zverev will play the concluding rubber against Canadian Milos Raonoic.
Team Europe 7 Team World 5 (after Match 8)
Team World’s Doubles pairing of Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios kept their unbeaten Laver Cup doubles record intact with a 6-4, 3-6,10-6 win over debutants Rafa Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas to close the day 2 proceedings just two points behind 7-5 leaders Team Europe.
The fact that Sock and Kyrgios had played together before was abundantly clear as they took the first set 6-4.
Nadal and Tsitsipas played a much better second set taking it 6-3.
At one changeover the entire Europe team were it fits of laughter when Nadal told Tstitsipas that he had “no idea what his hand signals meant” and the lack of co-ordination showed in the decisive tiebreak with Sock and Kyrgios taking control to come out on top 10-6.
With four matches worth three points each to come on at Sunday’s showdown at Geneva’s Palexpo Arena, the outcome is still wide open
Team Europe 7 Team World 3 (after Match 7)
After “stealing” the first set 6-3 off Milos Raonic, US Open champion Rafa Nadal confessed to “coach” Roger Federer “that was the most undeserving set ever won”
The debutant Canadian had been made to pay heavily for missing eight break point opportunities on Rafa’s first three service games.
A backhand volley pushed wide from Raonic two games later wrapped up the opening set.
Raonic finally converted a break point at 2-2 in the second set and it looked as though the momentum had swung Team World’s way but a “pep talk” at the changeover from Roger Federer to fellow icon Nadal
“When you see a chance to come to the net, challenge him for a passing shot. You’re so good at the net, Use spin, slice… you know, just like in the old days!”
Rafa heeded the lesson and was soon back in the zone, breaking back in the next game with a deft drop shot followed by a stunning backhand volley.
A tie-break followed and Spaniard immediately unleashed a tirade of volleys and raced into a 6-0 lead, leaping in the air like a gazelle in celebration, just like the Rafa of old.
After just over two hours Nadal hit the final winner, taking him to an eleven match winning streak, and a 7-3 match lead for Team Europe.
“Being here for me is a very positive energy. I like being around such a great team and the crowd is amazing,” Nadal said afterwards.
“I feel very lucky [to win] the first set. I started to play better later in the match and I think I played a very good tie-break in the end.”
“I was hoping that it would be like this, the crowd didn’t disappoint, it was amazing,” he said.
“it was look like you are down, but the momentum can turn fast if the crowd gets into it. They really pushed me over the line today.”
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