Roger Federer compliments Novak Djokovic: 'Such control. Keep it up!'

“Such a control. Keep it up!’

After an emotional Friday night and a memorable retirement from Swiss maestro Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic is back in action. The 21-time Major winner took on Frances Tiafoe on the black court of London’s O2 Arena for his first match in over two months!

Novak had to skip Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open but it looked like he won all three tournaments! Djokovic needed 72 minutes to defeat Tiafoe and claim a 6-1, 6-3 victory after clean tennis. It was Novak’s first Laver Cup win after back-to-back losses in 2018 and it made it unforgettable.

The Serb dominated on serve and returned, leaving the American behind and sending Team Europe 6-4 ahead before returning to the court for the doubles. Roger Federer was impressed with Novak’s level after missing two and a half months, praising his baseline game and urging him to continue.

Djokovic delivered four perfect holds in the first set and only experienced one break point. He erased it and broke Frances twice in each set to control the scoreboard and sail over the top. Novak narrowly missed the first serve in the opening game, holding four times!

Novak forced France’s mistake in game four to earn a break and move in front. Djokovic went 4-1 up with a service winner and minutes later placed a forehand crosscourt winner for his second break and a 5-1 lead.

Novak held at love in game seven to close the opener with a backhand down the line after a quick 22 minutes.

Novak Djokovic scored his first Laver Cup win over Frances Tiafoe.

Firing from all guns, Djokovic smashed a backhand winner to earn a break in the first game of the second set.

Tiafoe gained his first return points in game two, creating a break chance with a backhand down the line. Djokovic saved it after an extended rally to take the game home 6-1, 2-0. Frances held at the net with a winner after deuce in game three to reduce the deficit and avoid a bagel.

The Serb landed an ace down the T-line for a hold at love and a 3-1 lead before creating a break chance in the next game. Tiafoe saved it with a backhand crosscourt winner and defended another with a lucky netting winner that helped him survive.

The Serb fired an ace at 4-3 to get closer to the finish line and the American served to stay in the game in the next match. Tiafoe grabbed two match points with a backhand and Djokovic used the first to bring home the win and put Team Europe 6-4 ahead.

“Such control from the baseline, it’s great to see after so many months off. Keep it up,” said Roger Federer.

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