Team Europa, led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, won the Laver Cup for the third time in a row at the expense of Team World. Alexander Zverev won the deciding points by beating Milos Raonic.
Zverev defeated Raonic in the final and decisive match 6-4, 3-6 and 10-4. In a blood-curdling fight, the German and Canadian gave little to each other and a supertie break had to make the decision.
The slightly sharper Zverev was the strongest and thus brought the final score to 13-11 in favor of the Europeans, who therefore also won the cup in the third edition of the tournament.
Team Europa faced an 11-7 deficit halfway through the final day in Geneva, Switzerland. Federer and Stéfanos Tsitsipás, who replaced the injured Nadal, went down in the doubles against the American duo John Isner / Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz surprisingly beat Dominic Thiem with 7-5, 6-7 (3) and 10-5.
Team World applauds Milos Raonic during his eventual lost match against Alexander Zverev. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Team Europe wins after a good comeback
Federer then took the final straw on behalf of Europe by beating Isner in the penultimate singles match 6-4 and 7-6 (3), before Zverev made the decision. Because victories on the final day yield three points, that was enough for Europe to seize the win.
The Laver Cup, named after the legendary Australian tennis player Rod Laver, has been playing since 2017 between two teams of delegates from Europe and the rest of the world. Since this year the tournament has been officially included on the ATP calendar.
The selection of Team Europe, which was owned by Björn Borg, consisted of Federer, Nadal, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipás and Fabio Fognini. John McEnroe, captain of Team World, had access to Raonic, Isner, Sock, Fritz, Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalovn.
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