The world team won the Laver Cup for the first time. Casper Ruud doesn’t have to play – Dagsavisen

As a result, there was no decisive match for Casper Ruud. He was supposed to be playing the final game of the tournament, but with Tiafoe winning, a match between Ruud and Taylor Fritz was unnecessary to determine a winner.

Prior to game three on Sunday, the world team led 10-8. This is the first team to reach 13 points, and since every win results in three points, Tiafoe could decide the tournament against Tsitsipas.

The American was crushed 6-1 in the first set, but came back strong and won the second set in a marathon. A tiebreak was needed, in which Tiafoe won 13-11. Thus, the match must be decided in the so-called “super tiebreaker”, where he becomes the first person to earn ten points.

It ended 10-8 for Tiafoe, who could cheer wildly with his teammates.

– That’s unbelievable. Our captain said we have to win this year and we’ve been talking about it all week that this is our year. We did it together and we will celebrate tonight, Tiafoe told the organizers.

– Fantastic is an understatement

This year’s Laver Cup marked the end of Roger Federer’s career. He reached his final professional tennis match on Friday night in a doubles match with Rafael Nadal. Tiafoe beat Federer with Jack Sock in the Swiss’ final match.

– It’s an honor to play against him. He is an even better person than he is a tennis player. Congratulations on a great career, said Tiafoe.

Apart from Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz (USA), Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada), Diego Schwartzman (Argentina), Alex de Minaur (Canada), Jack Sock (USA) and Tommy Paul are also players in the team.

Icons Björn Borg (Sweden) and John McEnroe (USA) have captained their respective teams since the start of the tournament.

– Fantastic is an understatement now. This is a fantastic group of young players. I don’t need to fire them that much. We lost the first four (tournaments) and we are tired of losing. Felix played fantastically, said McEnroe.


Prior to this year’s edition, Europe had won all tournaments since their inception in 2017. Until this year’s tournament, they had dominated almost every year and won by clear numbers. Last year, the European team swept the world team off the field and won 14-1.

Earlier on Sunday, the world team had a second straight win. First, Auger-Aliassime and Sock won a doubles match over Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray, before Auger-Aliassime defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

– We trust each other. I played some of my best matches in my career. “It’s been a fantastic weekend,” said Auger-Aliassime.

So it was a bit of a comeback with three straight wins to secure the tournament win.

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