Fed­erer wins with a lit­tle help from friends Nadal and Borg

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GENEVA (AP) — Coach­ing each other court­side, Roger Fed­erer and Rafael Nadal won their sin­gles matches Satur­day to help Team Europe re­tain its lead over Team World on Day 2 of the Laver Cup.

Fed­erer got his great ri­val’s in­put at his shoul­der be­fore ral­ly­ing late and rais­ing his game in the de­ci­sive su­per-tiebreaker to beat Nick Kyr­gios 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-7 in the af­ter­noon ses­sion.

“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.”

With the Euro­pean team’s captain Bjorn Borg also in the hud­dle, it brought a to­tal of 50 Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles to­gether to help Fed­erer edge past Kyr­gios. The Aus­tralian had world team captain John McEn­roe’s seven Grand Slam ti­tles in his chair.

Nadal got the fa­vor back from Fed­erer dur­ing a 6-3, 7-6 (1) win over Mi­los Raonic that opened the evening ses­sion. He was quickly back on court part­ner­ing Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas in the day’s dou­bles rub­ber.

Kyr­gios and Jack Sock won that match 6-4, 3-6, 10-6, scor­ing two key points for the world team which trails Europe 7-5 ahead of the fi­nal four matches Sun­day.

John Is­ner be­gan Satur­day’s play with a win for Team World, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-1 over Alexan­der Zverev.

The third edi­tion of the an­nual Laver Cup is de­cided Sun­day by a dou­bles match, then three more sin­gles — each worth three points with 13 needed for over­all vic­tory.

Fed­erer, who co-owns the Laver Cup com­pe­ti­tion, de­lighted a 17,000 crowd in his first sin­gles match in his na­tive Switzer­land this sea­son. He part­nered Zverev to a dou­bles win on Fri­day.

“To­day was ex­tremely loud. I don’t re­call that on the tour ever be­ing al­most this loud,” the 38-year-old Fed­erer said of the Pal­expo in­door arena in Geneva. “You know, if I would have re­tired a long time ago, I wouldn’t have this mo­ment right now.”

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