Roger Fed­erer Leads Europe To Maiden Laver Cup Ti­tle

The Day After - - SPORTS SNIPPETS -

World num­ber two Roger Fed­erer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Team World’s Nick Kyr­gios in a su­per tie-break thriller in Prague last fort­night. Fed­erer, this year’s Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don cham­pion, won 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 11/9 to give Team Europe an un­beat­able 15-9 lead. But the 36-yearold Swiss leg­end strug­gled against the 20th-ranked, 22-year-old Aus­tralian and his flaw­less serve, los­ing the first set on a sin­gle break.

When he fi­nally broke Kyr­gios half­way through set two, he yelled “Come on!” in re­lief, only to lose his serve again in the next game. But Fed­erer cap­i­tal­ized on the sys­tem of the tour­na­ment he had founded — forc­ing Kyr­gios into longer ex­changes, he edged him in the sec­ond-set tie-break, then came back from 8-5 down in the de­ci­sive su­per tie-break.

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