Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Novak Djokovic drills ball at Roger Federer in Laver Cup doubles

Roger Federer greets fans at a Laver Cup at a joint press conference at the Pritzker Pavilion stage of the Millenium Park in Chicago Watch Djokovic's priceless reaction after hitting Federer with a forehand
Cassandra Gardner | 26 September, 2018, 10:38

With 34 Grand Slam trophies between them, the duo came together as a dream doubles pairing but were beaten by Team World's Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson.

In later games, Zverev will face South Africa's Kevin Anderson before Novak Djokovic takes on Nick Kyrgios in the final rubber of the three-day tournament.

Germany's Zverev came from a set down to complete a 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 10-7 over Anderson as the Europeans successfully defended the title won in Prague previous year.

Following Anderson's match with Djokovic, Sock and Kyrgios joined forces to win the day's doubles match, beating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 6-4.

"We've had some really close matches haven't gone our way and I really wanted to put us back in there", Anderson, who lost the Wimbledon final to Djokovic earlier this year, told reporters.

Team Europe had taken a big lead, but now that's been cut short to 7-5.

"Having Novak on the team with his momentum winning the US Open for singles is key I think down the stretch maybe, but also in doubles it's going to help because he is struggling a lot with the return lately", joked the Swiss.

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Djokovic did not win the match, which means he picked the second consecutive loss after the one in doubles with Roger Federer against Andersona and Jack Sock.

"This is event is very unique in many ways", said Djokovic on Wednesday.

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev were in top form in Chicago on Saturday as Team Europe continued to batter Team World in the Laver Cup.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an wonderful atmosphere". In the event of split sets, the third set is a 10-point match tiebreaker.

Sock, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Tiafoe, Anderson and Schwartzman are representing Team World.

The Europe captain has sent Federer out for the opening two matches on the final day in Chicago. "Saved match points. So I'm really happy to give one point to Team Europe".

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