Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic beaten in doubles but Team Europe take overnight Laver Cup lead
David Goffin beats Diego Schwartzman to extend advantage for blue side before Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson defeat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in doubles
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 23/09/18 7:36pm
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were beaten in the Laver Cup doubles, but Team Europe still took a healthy 3-1 overnight lead in Chicago.
The No 2 men's doubles player, Jack Sock, teamed up with Kevin Anderson to defeat the pairing of Federer and Djokovic - who have 34 Grand Slam titles between them - 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 (10-6) to give Team World their first point of the tournament.
After match three saw Belgium's David Goffin add to Europe's advantage by beating Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-4 4-6 (11-9) in a thriller, the pressure was on the red side to deliver.
Excitement had been building ever since it was announced the former world No 1's would pair up for Team Europe in the competition's second year - with the blue side hoping to take a clean sweep into the weekend after a trio of singles wins earlier in the day.
Federer and Djokovic took a while to settle into the four-man format, the latter - on the back of his singles US Open triumph and 14th major title - accidentally hitting his partner with the ball in the third game.
The Serb and Swiss both laughed off the incident to the amusement of the crowd and went on to clinch the first-set tie-break.
But their opponents soon found their rhythm, taking the second set, with Sock's experience as a three-time doubles major champion shining through on some impressive volleying and Anderson displaying a strong serve.
The foursome went toe to toe in the early stages of the deciding tie-break, but having seen their team-mates lose in two deciders earlier in the day, Sock and Anderson made sure not to waste their opportunity when Federer doubled-faulted at 4-4.
An impressive return-winner from Sock sealed the set 10-6, giving captain John McEnroe a little relief before day two.
Team Europe now lead 3-1 with two points up for grabs on day two.
Laver Cup: Day 2
|Matches||Team Europe v Team World||Head To Head|
|Match 5||Alexander Zverev v John Isner||4-1|
|Match 6||Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios||3-1|
|Match 7||Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson||6-1|
|Match 8||David Goffin/Grigor Dimitrov v Jack Sock/Nick Kyrgios||0-0|
- Each player will play at least one singles match during the first two days.
- No player will play singles more than twice during the event.
- At least four of the six players must play doubles.
- No doubles combination can be played more than once, unless for the doubles decider on Day 3, if points are tied at 12-12.
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