In the most anticipated session in Laver Cup history, Andy Murray of Team Europe takes on Team World’s Alex de Minaur in singles. This match is followed by the blockbuster teary-eyed doubles affair with Team Europe’s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal taking on Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
Since they are played on Day 1, both games are 1-point games. This is followed by the 2 and 3 point games played on Saturday and Sunday before the Laver Cup is awarded on Sunday afternoon.
Since The rules of the Laver Cup are expanded In order for Federer to plan ahead to only play doubles this weekend, all viewers know that the night cap will be the tennis world’s last chance to see Federer in action.
So these games are both crucial to the Laver Cup and part of an emotional ceremony that sends off one of the greatest players of all time.
Laver Cup Day 1 Session 2 Predictions
Match 3 – Singles (1 point match)
Andy Murray vs. Alex de Minaur
Head to head: de Minaur leads 1-0
While everyone is looking forward to doubles, this match offers a beautiful story of its own. In Match 3, a 35-year-old veteran meets a 23-year-old climber. It’s also a competition between two Laver Cup rookies.
Now ranked 43rd in the world, Murray has made an incredible comeback from injuries and Covid. His game at the US Open shows he’s still tough, and a best 2-of-3 with a 10-point tiebreak for the third set gives him a chance to play tough for a little while. In addition, Murray plays for the home team in his home country. London fans will flock to support their man.
de Minaur had a respectable but not outstanding summer. He won the ATP 250 event in Atlanta and advanced a few rounds at the US Open. That won’t do. Murray’s experience, the audience and the Federer effect are too much for the young Australian.
Prognosis: Murray in Q2
Match 4 – Doubles (1 point match)
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe
Head to Head: First game
Two all-time megastars vs. mid-career journeyman and a rising new star. Holders of 42 Grand Slam titles against players who have never played a Grand Slam singles final. Arguably the world’s greatest player of all time his last competitive game in front of an enthusiastic crowd and a worldwide audience.
It should be, it almost has to be, that Federer and Nadal win this match.
Not so fast. If Federer was really healthy, he would play singles and doubles at the Laver Cup this weekend, as the rules dictate. If this were an excellent Laver Cup duo, Captain Bjorn Borg might consider them a 2 or 3 point match.
Sock is a stalwart Laver Cup doubles winner, holding the record for seven Laver Cup doubles. Tiafoe is a rising star who can jet all over the place and plays doubles fairly regularly.
While the mood and story favor Federer and Nadal, Sock and Tiafoe are Laver Cup veterans who can overcome fans and desires for a fair ending. If Team World wants to challenge Team Europe and finally win the Laver Cup, they need to win games like this.
Anyone who has watched Laver Cup doubles knows the intensity and skill required to win. Sock and Tiafoe both have Friday nights.
Prediction: Sock and Tiafoe in 2
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