Djokovic of Croatia and Berrettini of Italy won the match 7-5 6-2 in sets. A win on day two gives up two points, thus leading Europe 8-4 ahead of Sunday’s last four matches.
Hours before the doubles win, Novak Djokovic beat American Francis Tiafoe and put Europe up 5-4 in matches and 6-4 in points.
He did so after going 6-1, 6-3 in singles.
The match was never very exciting. Djokovic is too great for that.
Moments earlier, American Taylor Fritz beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie in three sets to level the playing field at 4-4 for Team World.
Fritz won the first set 6-1 after playing disastrously with hosts Norrie’s hopes at times. However, in the second set, the Briton rallied and rallied to win 6-4. Thus, it must be decided in the so-called “super tiebreaker”, where he becomes the first person to score ten points.
There, Fritz showed strength and won the final set even 10-8. With that, he secured two important points for the world team.
Earlier in the day, Italian Matteo Berrettini beat Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime after three sets. The Italian first won a marathon set 13-11 in the tiebreak before Auger-Aliassime equalized when he took the second set 6-4.
There, too, a “super tiebreak” was required, in which Berrettini secured the win by a score of 10-7.
Four matches remain on Sunday, and Casper Ruud is set for his fourth match against American Taylor Fritz.
Whether that match will actually be played remains to be seen. There are three points for each win on Sunday, and it only goes up to 13 points. This means the duel between Europe and Team World could already be over after Sunday’s first two matches.
On Friday, legend Roger Federer ended his professional career in a doubles match against Rafael Nadal. The latter also won’t be playing the remaining matches in this year’s tournament.
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