Europe extends lead in Laver Cup after double win

Djokovic of Croatia and Berrettini of Italy won the match 7-5 and 6-2 in sets. A win on the second day provides two points, thus leading Europe 8-4 on points ahead of Sunday’s last four games.

Hours before his doubles win, Novak Djokovic beat American Francis Tiafoe and put Europe in a 5-4 lead in matches and 6-4 in points.

He did it after 6-1, 6-3 in singles.

The matches are never too exciting. Djokovic is too great for that.

A little earlier, American Taylor Fritz beat England’s Cameron Norrie in three sets and leveled it at 4-4 for Team World.

Fritz won the first set 6-1 after playing disastrous hope for hosts Norrie at times. However, in the second set, the Briton bounced back and bounced back with a 6-4 win. So, it has to be decided in what is called a “super-tiebreak”, where it is the first person to get ten points.

There, Fritz showed strength and won the last even set 10-8. With that, he secured two important points for the world team.

Earlier in the day, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini beat Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime after three sets. The Italian first won the marathon set 13-11 in the tiebreak before Auger-Aliassime equalized as she won the second set 6-4.

There too, a “super-tiebreak” was required, with Berrettini securing a 10-7 win.

Four games remain on Sunday, and Casper Ruud is set in all four of them against American Taylor Fritz.

Whether the match will actually be played remains to be seen. There are three points for each win on Sunday, and only 13 points apply. This means that 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 with Rafael Nadal. The latter will also not play the remaining matches in this year’s tournament.

Ken Robbins

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