09/23 21:09 CDT Federer, Zverev lead Team Europe to Laver Cup victory
Federer, Zverev lead Team Europe to Laver Cup victory
CHICAGO (AP) --- Alexander Zverev beat Kevin Anderson on Sunday night to give
Team Europe a victory in the second Laver Cup.
Zverev won the final five points to defeat Anderson 6-7, 7-5, (10-7). His
victory helped Team Europe beat Team World 13-8.
"Obviously it was an amazing feeling," Zverev said. "So special to clinch it
for us guys and Europe. It's great how it ended."
Anderson, who lost in the Wimbledon finals this year, said Sunday night's
setback affected more than just him.
"You're playing for something different. You feel like you didn't come through
for the team," he said.
Had Anderson won, Nick Kyrgios of the World team would have played Wimbledon
champion Novak Djokovic in a deciding singles match. But it was not necessary
because the European team had reached 13 points.
Roger Federer earlier put Team Europe ahead by saving three match points for a
6-7, 7-6, (10-7) victory over John Isner.
Isner staggered Federer with a body serve that caused the 20-time Grand Slam
winner to stumble early in the match. But Federer regrouped and fought off two
match points in the second-set tiebreaker before capturing the deciding
10-point tiebreaker used in the Laver Cup.
In the opening doubles match, Jack Sock and Isner saved two match points in the
deciding tiebreaker to beat Federer and Zverev 4-6, 7-6, (11-9).
The three-day, five-session tournament at the United Center drew 93,584 fans.
Team Europe won the first Laver Cup last year in Prague. The tournament moves
to Geneva, Switzerland, next year.