Federer, Zverev put Europe on top at Laver Cup

Roger Federer cantered to victory over Nick Kyrgios

On the paper the Team Europe is favorite heading into this year's Laver Cup against Team World, as Björn Borg can count on two legends like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The duo won the tie-breaker 10-6 and the match 6-7 (5) 6-3 10-6 to earn the first point for Team World.

It was the first time Federer and Djokovic had teamed up in doubles.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an unbelievable atmosphere", said Anderson afterwards.

Team Europe will now head into Day 2 with 3-1 lead after Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund and David Goffin pulled off singles win against Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and Diego Schwartzman respectively to make it 3-0 for Europe.

Then, in a repeat of the Wimbledon final, Kevin Anderson, the runner-up in July, caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far, beating Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 10-6. On Saturday, wins will be worth two points each instead of one.

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"Kevin was so well prepared for this, we needed this bad", said World captain John McEnroe.

The roars at the United Center were reserved more for underdogs Team World but there was no escaping Federer's casual brilliance against Kyrgios.

It took just three games for Federer to break the Australian in the opening set, but he waited for a shorter period in the second, breaking him at love in his first service game with a masterful combination of play that sent the capacity crowd to rapture. "Usually you need matches to get going and play your best in the third round or quarters of a tournament".

Earlier, Zverev saved a match point to defeat John Isner in day two's opening singles rubber.

Three points per match are up for grabs on the final day, with the first team to 13 points lifting the Laver Cup 2018 trophy.

But rising German star Zverev showed great determination in saving a match point at 6-5 down in the second-set tie-break to level the contest.

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