The American Frances Tiafoe beat the Greek 1-6, 7-6 (11) and 10-8 Stefanos Tsitsipas and gave this Sunday to Rest of the World Team for the first time the laver cup, which is disputed from Friday in the O2 Arena in London.
Tiafoe, world number 19, lifted up five match points in the tiebreaker of the second set, an emotional push that sublimated the American and sank Tsitsipas, that was ‘in tow’ in the ‘super tie-break’.
This win put the score 13-8 for the ‘Team World’, that came back in this third and final day of the tournament, leaving in nothing the duel that they had to play Casper Ruud and Taylor Fritz.
Tiafoe started dominating the network, but Tsitsipas he quickly understood how to find the weak points of the American. With two ‘breaks’, the Greek easily sentenced the pfirst set with a resounding 1-6 in 21 minutes.
The second set was much more even, even reaching a ‘tie-break’ that would be key. Tiafoe kept calm and decided to take risks at the net, despite have the Greek up to five match ballsall of them neutralized by the American, who won the second set.
The final best-of-ten tiebreaker was sew and sing for Tiafoe, supported by the confidence and security that the second sleeve gave him. The American closed the game with a 10-8 in less than 20 minutes, giving the first Laver Cup title for the World Team.
Before, on this last day of the tournament, Felix Auger-Aliassime stunned Novak Djokovic with an exhibition in two sets 6-3 and 7-6 (3) to pave the way to World Team, that he only needed a win to lift the trophy. It was the Serb’s first loss since May.
Djokovic He started plugged in and made it 0-2 quickly, but the canadian showed up on time and began to connect powerful and precise shots to break the Serb’s serve twice and close the first set with a 6-3. In the second sleeve, andhe Serbian, with discomfort in his forearm, gave some more war, but the ‘tie-break’ fell on the side of Auger-Aliassime.
This was not the only game he played Aliassimesince he previously formed a doubles pair with Jack Sock vs. Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray. It was also for World Team, which was imposed in the first duel of the day by 2-6, 6-3 and 10-8 in one hour and 35 minutes, after the The European team will start the day with an 8-4 lead.
(With information from Europe Press)