Novak Djokovic drills ball at Roger Federer in Laver Cup doubles

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2018

On day two, Team Europe's Alexander Zverev, Federer and Djokovic will face John Isner, Nick Kyrgios and Anderson in the singles before Goffin and Dimitrov team up to face Sock and Kyrgios in the doubles.

But amazingly their combined powers were not enough to triumph, with the pair eventually going on to lose the match up 7-6, 3-6, 6-10, to Sock and Anderson.

But their opponents soon found their rhythm, taking the second set 6-3, with Sock's experience as a three-time doubles major champion shining through on some impressive volley shots and Anderson displaying a strong serve.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an awesome atmosphere", said Anderson afterwards. Under the format being used for the tournament, a tiebreak is used instead of a decisive third set.

"That was epic", world number 17 Sock said afterwards.

Team Europe will now head into Day 2 with 3-1 lead after Grigor Dimitrov, Kyle Edmund and David Goffin pulled off singles win against Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and Diego Schwartzman respectively to make it 3-0 for Europe.

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Novak Djokovic has left Roger Federer feeling a little worse for wear after crunching a forehand at his rival while they were playing doubles together.

The roars at the United Center were reserved more for underdogs Team World but there was no escaping Federer's casual brilliance against Kyrgios.

Three points per match are up for grabs on the final day, with the first team to 13 points lifting the Laver Cup 2018 trophy.

Zverev had to grind out his win against American John Isner, the 21-year-old being forced to save a match point before ultimately prevailing 3-6 7-6 (6) 10-7.

Schwartzman had looked to threaten Europe's lead with a second-set comeback, and dug deep at 5-1 down in the last to level at 7-7, but Goffin remained calm on his first match point to cheers and hugs from his team-mates and captain Bjorn Borg.

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