Laver Cup Flashback: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lose doubles match

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lose in doubles

The second edition of the Laver Cup took place in Chicago in September 2018. A year earlier, tennis fans in Prague could witness the first doubles match with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the same side of the court.

Nadal did not play in Chicago and another legend, Novak Djokovic, took his place to lead Team Europe alongside Roger. The Swiss and the Serb took the opportunity to play their first doubles match on an opening day. Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund and David Goffin gave Team Europe a 3-0 lead with individual wins, and Roger and Novak faced Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in the final encounter of day one.

The 34-major winners suffered a 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 loss in an hour and 35 minutes, handing Team World their first point of the competition. Novak and Roger fought well, especially in the first set. Nevertheless, it was not enough to win in the first game together.

They failed to gain a point on the return in the match tiebreak and suffered two mini-breaks to end on the losing side.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic lost their first doubles match in Chicago in 2018.

Anderson and Sock lost just 13 points short of their first shot.

They held the second serve safely and never lost serve. Federer and Djokovic broke once in the second set, they couldn’t find the rhythm in the deciding set. Federer held in the first game of the encounter, with Anderson leveling at 1-1 a few minutes later.

Djokovic finished game three after Deuces, and Sock pulled off a good hold in the next game to make it 2-2. Novak sent Team Europe 4-3 up with an ace in game seven, and Roger repeated that 4-4 for another Advantage. Sock and Anderson followed the score but had no trouble behind the initial shot, holding at 30 at 5-6 to set up a tiebreak.

The Serb started with a volley winner and played another good one when the score was 3:4. Anderson grabbed a routine forehand at 5-5 and Federer closed the set after 49 minutes with a volley winner in the next set. Novak faced two break points in the second game of the second set, and he and Roger grabbed four straight points to get out of jail.

Kevin landed a volley winner in game four when he and Jack Roger broke at love to build a 3-1 lead. Anderson held with ease in the next game to confirm the advantage and put his team closer to a crucial game. Sock fired a booming serve in the seventh game to make it 5-2, and in the next game they scored a set point on return.

Roger and Novak saved it to extend the action before Jack placed a volley winner in the next for 6-3 and a boost. Novak secured the result in the match tiebreak at 4-4 with a volley winner before the red team extended a 6-4 lead after Socks’ forehand winner at net.

Roger reduced the deficit to 7-5 with a volley winner at the net and they won the next point to go even closer. Anderson and Sock took an 8-6 lead, earning three match points after the South African’s winner at the net. Jack needed just one after a booming return winner in the 16th point, sealing the deal and starting the celebration.

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