Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer in London

Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer in London

Novak Djokovic arrived in London on Tuesday and joined Roger Federer in the fifth edition of the Laver Cup. Novak and Roger met on the O2 Arena pitch and the Serb feels honored to be part of the same team in Roger’s last tournament of his career.

Federer will end his tennis journey on Friday, deciding to retire and compete injury-free after three knee surgeries and a lengthy battle. Novak and Roger met in that memorable 2019 Wimbledon final, the last at majors for the Swiss.

The Serb saved two match points and prevailed in just under five hours. Two great rivals played their last match at the Australian Open 2020 when Novak claimed the semi-final victory. Federer and Djokovic competed on the same side of the court during Novak’s previous Laver Cup visit to Chicago in 2018.

The Swiss and Serb took the opportunity to play their first and only doubles match on an opening day. They faced Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in a 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 loss in an hour and 35 minutes. Novak and Roger fought well, especially in the first set.

Nevertheless, after the setback in the match tiebreak, it was not enough to win.

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 broke. Federer and Djokovic suffered a break in the second set and couldn’t find the rhythm in the decider. Both teams made reliable starts after the initial shot, and Novak sent Team Europe 4-3 up with an ace in game seven.

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 had two break points in the second game of the second set and they took four straight points to avoid the setback. Kevin landed a volley winner in game four before he and Jack Roger broke serve a few minutes later to build a 3-1 lead.

Anderson held with ease in the next to confirm the advantage and Sock fired a booming serve to make it 5-2 in the seventh game. Roger and Novak saved a set point on serve in game eight to extend the action before Jack placed a volley winner in the next game to make it 6-3.

Djokovic 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. Roger reduced the deficit to 7-5 with a volley winner, and he and Novak drew closer after taking the next point.

Anderson and Sock took an 8-6 lead and earned three match points after the South African scored at the net. Jack fired a booming return winner in the 16th point to seal the deal and start the celebration.

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