Tsitsipas:'Having Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on my side is magnificent'

Nadal defeats Raonic as Europe stretch Laver Cup lead

After the match, tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg tweeted about how the Team World player defied all odds against Fognini but won't gain any ranking points from the Laver Cup encounter.

Europe took full advantage, Federer - playing in front of a buoyant home crowd in Geneva - serving out the match.

Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas won their singles matches before Roger Federer and Zverev teamed up to save a whopping 15 of 16 break points to beat Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov 6-3 7-5. This led to a visit from an unparalleled coaching super team, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The world number 210 held his nerve in a second-set tie-break to become the first World player to ever win an opening-day singles match, as Fognini was left stunned despite receiving a pep talk mid-match from Federer.

American Sock had earlier defeated Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) in the singles to draw John McEnroe's visitors level after Dominic Thiem's win against Shapovalov.

"They're the two greatest of all time and I'm going to listen to them".

The 2019 Laver Cup has already been living up to expectations as a unique tennis event.

"I found my rhythm, had a more clear mind on the court, didn't rush so much". He's previously played a critical role in keeping Team World in contention; he went 5-1 in doubles in 2017 and 2018, losing only to the iconic Federer-Nadal pairing.

Thiem, ranked fifth in the world, needed only one break of serve to take the opening set, but the 20-year-old Shapovalov fought back to break twice in the second set to tie the game at one set apiece.

The two-time French Open runner-up recovered from 9-7 down in a super tie-break to win 6-4, 5-7, 13-11 against Canadian youngster Shapovalov. The Laver Cup has a champions' tiebreak to decide matches rather than a conventional third set. "It creates lots of close moments and match points on either side".

In the second singles match, American Sock prevailed in straight sets over Italian Fabio Fognini, winning 6-1 7-6 (3) in 89 minutes.



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