Stefanos Tsitsipas returned to the courts for the first time since his this-round uS Open defeat and sent Europe into a 5-1 lead over the World at the Laver Cup on Saturday.

Tsitsipas produced a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Australian Nick Kyrgios to start play on Day 2 in Boston.

With points values in the hybrid competition founded by Roger Federer doubling from one to two on the second day – Sunday wins are worth three points – the Greek’s victory was particularly useful.

Unpredictable Kyrgios, who lost in the US Open first round more than a month ago. committed 21 unforced errors and despite his crowd-pleasing performance inside a noted basketball arena, was unable to add to the World total.

In three previous Laver editions, Europe, under Bjorn Borg, has won them all. 

Tsitsipas saved all six break points – five in the eighth game of the second set – he faced in his 87-minute victory.

The Greek won on his first match point: “I’m very pleased with the outcome,” the winner 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.

“We are capable of winning. I have a team backing me.

“It took a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication during that match … it was quite nerve-wracking as well.

“I did find ways to close it with the best possible way.”

With World trailing badly, the side with John McEnroe as captain will need a win from John Isner, who will take on Olympic champion Alexander Zverev.

The pair are no strangers to Laver play, splitting wins in their past two matches. At the ATP level, Zverev stands 6-0 over the American whose game relies on a huge serve.

Main photo:- Stefanos Tsitsipas beating Nick Kyrgios in Boston ©


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