Alexander Zverev is proud that he succeeded in delivering Team Europa the final win in the third edition of the Laver Cup on Sunday. The German is especially grateful to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for their role as coaches in the apotheosis of his decisive party against the Canadian Milos Raonic.
The match between the 22-year-old Zverev and the six-year-older Raonic in Geneva, Switzerland, was not decided after two sets (6-4 and 3-6), so a supertie break had to offer a solution. Just before that, the German received a thunder-speech from team captains Federer and Nadal, which had a clear effect.
"Roger and Rafael were yelling at me in the dressing room for the tiebreaker and emphasized that this match could turn my season around," proud Zverev looked back at the motivational speeches of the legendary tennis players.
"Without all these guys on the couch, I would never have succeeded. It was an incredible weekend and the final game was also very special. Especially because I was allowed to play for all these men and that they showed me confidence in the game to play. "
Zverev won the super tie break 10-4 and put Team Europa ahead 13-11, securing captain Björn Borg's team the final victory. In addition to the honor, Zverev and his teammates Federer, Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipás and Fabio Fognini each receive a sum of almost 230,000 euros.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Federer proud of Team Europe
It was the third time in three editions of the Laver Cup that Team Europe managed to beat Team World - this year consisting of Raonic, John Isner, Jack Sock, Taylor Fritz, Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov.
In addition to Zverev, Federer played a crucial role for Team Europe by winning his single match against Isner, 6-4 and 7-6 (3), taking the final straw. The Swiss reduced the backlog of his formation to 10-11, after which Zverev was able to bring the decision.
"I am very proud," said 38-year-old Federer after the thriller between Zverev and Raonic. "What an atmosphere and what a game. I'm glad I was able to give the team something on the final day. Team Europe was great. They all fought hard and played well."
The Laver Cup will be on the calendar again in 2020 and will then be held in Boston. Borg and John McEnroe confirmed on Sunday that they would also act as team captains of Team Europe and Team World respectively.