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Roger Federer secures lead for Europe

AFP
Published Sep 22, 2019, 2:43 am IST
Updated Sep 22, 2019, 12:28 pm IST
The 38-year-old Swiss delighted his home fans alongside Zverev, as the European pair saw off Shapovalov and Sock 6-3, 7-5 after a dramatic second set.
Team Europe’s Roger Federer (left) and Alexander Zverev in action during their doubles match against Team World’s Denis Shapovalov and Jack Sock as part of the Laver Cup tennis tournament in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: AFP)
 Team Europe’s Roger Federer (left) and Alexander Zverev in action during their doubles match against Team World’s Denis Shapovalov and Jack Sock as part of the Laver Cup tennis tournament in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: AFP)

Geneva: Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev claimed a hard-fought doubles victory over Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov to give Europe a 3-1 lead over Team World after the opening day of the third Laver Cup in Geneva on Friday.

The 38-year-old Swiss delighted his home fans alongside Zverev, as the European pair saw off Shapovalov and Sock 6-3, 7-5 after a dramatic second set.

 

American Sock had earlier defeated Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) in the singles to draw John McEnroe’s visitors level after Dominic Thiem’s win against Shapovalov.

But Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas restored Europe’s advantage by downing Taylor Fritz in a super tie-break to win 6-2, 1-6, 10-7, and Federer and Zverev combined to put Europe in control.

The home duo served out a tight opening set after a single break of serve on their fifth set point, but the match came to life in the second.

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