Team Europe prevailed over Team World at the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague 2017. The blue team dominated the singles games on the first two days. Alexander Zverev pushed them 12-6 ahead on the final day while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had yet to contest their encounters.
Nadal lost to John Isner in straight sets as Team World climbed back to 9-12. Federer faced Nick Kyrgios in the final game of the tournament and the Australian had a chance to prolong the fight and start the decisive doubles game.
It was an exciting match and Roger achieved a 4-6, 7-6, 11-9 triumph in two hours and four minutes. Federer fended off a match point in the match tiebreak to send Team Europe on top and start a huge celebration with his teammates.
Nick gave it his all against the legendary rival, repelling seven out of eight break points and having a chance to seal the deal and up the drama. Still, Federer remained calm and grabbed the last three points 8-9 to move on top and claim the first Laver Cup title for Team Europe.
Roger played against two break points and couldn’t defend one. He had to work hard to get a win after that as there was nothing separating them. Federer started the action with a hold at love and reached Deuce on the return in the next game before Kyrgios made it 1-1.
Roger hit a double fault in game five and faced two break points. Nick secured the first with a backhand crosscourt winner that put him 3-2 up. The Aussie cemented the lead with a hold in game six before struggling on serve in games eight and ten.
Trailing 5-4 at 40-15, Kyrgios defended both break points before sealing the set with a forehand winner after 47 minutes. The Swiss missed five break chances in the final phase of the opening set and won three more in the second set when it was 2-1.
Roger Federer saved a match point in a 2017 thriller against Nick Kyrgios.
He grabbed the third after Nick’s loose forehand to earn his first break and take a 3-1 lead. His lead was short-lived, however, as Kyrgios claimed four straight points in game five, pulling the break back after Federer’s terrible backhand.
Nick received a medical time out on his left knee but that didn’t bother him too much for the rest of the game. The Aussie fired an ace in game ten to seal the score at 5-5 before debuting the Swiss in game 12.
Keeping calm, Kyrgios brought the game home to set up a tie-break. With no room for error, Federer created a 6-3 lead with an ace before Kyrgios climbed back to 6-6 with a backhand on the 12th point.
Roger responded with a forehand crosscourt winner when the score was 7-6 to end the set and force a crucial match tiebreak. There were five mini-breaks in the first eight points, and Roger reduced the deficit to 5-3 when Nick hit a backhand.
The Swiss fired two service winners at 3-6 to stay competitive before the Australian landed a booming serve at 8-5. Federer won the following two points on serve and grabbed a mini break after an extended 16th point to make it 8-8.
Kyrgios placed a forehand winner at the baseline to open a 9-8 lead and earn a match point. Nick squandered it with a loose forehand and kept Roger in contention. The Swiss took a 10-9 lead with a serve winner and earned the first match point.
Kyrgios scored a forehand to hand Federer the win, who celebrated with the rest of Team Europe and their captain Bjorn Borg.