Team Europa tennis players take the lead after the first day of the Laver Cup. The team of captain Björn Borg is partly thanks to a victory of Roger Federer in the doubles 3-1 ahead of Team World.
Federer and Alexander Zverev were good for Team Europe's third point on Friday night. In the doubles, the Swiss-German duo beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov and American Jack Sock with 6-3 and 7-5.
In the second set, Federer and Zverev gave away a break ahead. They then survived six set points, broke again in the eleventh game and finished the match at Federer's service to their first match point.
The twenty-time Grand Slam winner will play in singles later this weekend. Rafael Nadal also appears on the track in Geneva. It is still unknown who they are playing against.
Dominic Thiem and Stéfanos Tsitsipás took care of the other two points of the European team. Thiem eliminated three match points against Shapovalov and eventually won 6-4, 5-7 and 13-11. Tsitsipás settled, also in a supertie break, with the American Taylor Fritz: 6-2, 1-6 and 10-7.
Jack Sock screamed with joy after his victory over Fabio Fognini. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Sock recorded first win in almost a year
Sock gave Team World the only point on the first day. The former top ten player, who, partly due to injury, dropped to 210th place in the world ranking, set aside Italian Fabio Fognini with 6-1 and 7-6 (3) and booked his first win in almost a year.
On Saturday again three singles and a double play are scheduled. Every victory then earns two points. The tournament will be closed on Sunday and each win is good for no less than three points. The team that is first on thirteen points wins the Laver Cup.
The Laver Cup, named after the Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, has been organized since 2017. The last two editions were won by Team Europe.