Federer keeps Team Europe ahead in Laver Cup with win over Kyrgios

Tanya Simon
September 22, 2019

"So that was something very special for me", the 20-time Grand Slam victor added.

The pair met on day two of the Laver Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, where Federer is representing Team Europe and Kyrgios is playing for Team World. But on Saturday, with Roger Federer down a set to Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal brought out some statistics to help his longtime rival/buddy engineer a comeback.

Pegged back, matters looked to be going from bad to worse for Europe when the risky Kyrgios took the first set against Federer.

Team Europe's Roger Federer came out victorious in a three-setter vs Team World star Nick Kyrgios in Laver Cup 2019.

"What I really enjoy with Rafa is just that we very often align, our ideas align", said Federer, praising Nadal for "clarity in his advice".

"If I would have retired a long time ago, I wouldn't have this moment right now today, so it was worth it maybe because of a moment like this also to stay on the tour".

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Later on Saturday, Rafael Nadal will play his first matches of the weekend when he faces Milos Raonic in the singles, before teaming up with Stefanos Tsitsipas to face Kyrgios and Jack Sock in the doubles. "If you can turn the momentum, the crowd gets back into it and I need some earplugs next time, it was just phenomenal".

Isner fought back from a set down to beat Zverev 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 10-1 and haul Team World level at 3-3 after Europe led by two points after the opening day.

That was after edging a tight first set in the tiebreak. In the second set, the score was tied at 4-4 when Isner broke Zverev's serve, going on to win the set 6-4.

Being down 9-3 is different than 7-5. Later in the match I think I started to play a little bit better. Borg's side are facing a visiting team whose highest-ranked player is world number 20 John Isner.

Fittingly, after a one-sided tie-break, the match was clinched on Kyrgios' serve 6-4 3-6 10-6 to set up an intriguing final day.

With two points up for grabs for victories on the second day of the tournament in Geneva, Zverev looked on course to extend Europe's 3-1 lead from Friday.

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