Thanks for tuning into Sportstar’s live coverage of final day of the Laver Cup 2022. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolded at the O2 Arena in London.
Presentation ceremony ends.
Team World takes a victory lap around the O2 Arena with the glittering Laver Cup trophy.
Tennis legend Rod Laver presents the Laver Cup to winning team - Team World.
John McEnroe, captain of champion Team World - “I have waited a long time to be in this position I admit.
“To see Andy together with Roger, Rafa and Novak has been incredible.
“I don’t want to speak too much because I want our party to start.”
Next Up - Roger Federer, someone who has played a major part in the foundation of this event - “I did not expect to speak. So, I have no speech ready. Team world, amazing comeback. I was very confident going into today.”
“My team has been fantastic. It’s been great, emotional. I had a wonderful time.
I’d like to thank Bjorn, our captain. Hopefully, I’ll be there next year too. Thanks Rod Laver. Your presence means a lot to us players.”
Bjorn Borg, captain of runner-up Team Europe, says, “ Next year we are going to bring the cup back to Europe but the people who have joined us for the last three days have been really fantastic and I really appreciate that.”
The presentation ceremony begins. The next edition of the Laver Cup will be held in Vancouver, Canada from September 22-24, 2023.
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Absolute scenes at the O2 Arena in London as Team World members pile up on Tiafoe.
Final Score: Team World 13-8 Team Europe
|STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (TEAM EUROPE)||6||6 (11)|
|FRANCES TIAFOE (TEAM WORLD)||1||7 (13)|
MATCH TIEBREAK (Tsitsipas 8-10 Tiafoe)
Tsitsipas serves first and puts it down the middle for a backhand return from Tiafoe which lands into the net. Tiafoe sends a crosscourt forehand into the net and Tsitsipas gets the mini-break - 2-0. T ace from Tiafoe but he trails 1-2. The mini-break disappears as the Greek player hits a forehand into the net - 2-all. Nothing to separate the two teams at the first change of ends - 3-all. Tsitsipas hits a crosscourt forehand return on Tiafoe’s second serve but it is just wide - 3-4. Make it 4-all as Tsitsipas hits an ace, wide into the ad court. UNBELIEVABLE defending from Tiafoe who runs from end to end before running to hit a crosscourt forehand pass on Tsitsipas’ drop shot - 5-4. Tiafoe goes up 7-4. Two serves for Tsitsipas. Tiafoe goes up 8-4 as the Greek player hits a forehand volley into the net. Not yet as Tsitsipas wins the next two points to make it 6-8. Two championship points for Tiafoe as he takes a 9-7 lead. Tsitsipas to serve. Tiafoe hits the backhand crosscourt wide on the Greek’s second serve - 9-8. Crosscourt forehand from Tsitsipas is into the net and Team World wins its first-ever Laver Cup title!!!!
SECOND SET (* denotes server)
Tsitsipas gets the mini-break with a forehand down the line pass. Tiafoe takes the pace of the ball and eventually, Tsitsipas ends up hitting a forehand long - 1-all. Good backhand return from Tiafoe but Tsitsipas makes room to hit an inside-out forehand pass - 2-1. Unreturnable serve wide into the ad court from Tiafoe - 2-all. Tsitsipas overhits the inside-out forehand and now trails 2-3. A magnificent defensive lob to keep the rally going and eventually sealing it with a dipping forehand down the line causing Tiafoe’s half volley to go wide - Tsitsipas levels it at 3-3. Tiafoe has the mini-break as Tsitsipas hits a backhand into the net to go down 3-4. Tsitsipas removes Tiafoe’s mini-break advantage as he anticipates the American’s drop shot and hits a forehand down the line - 4-all. Two brilliant defensive lobs from Tsitsipas but Tiafoe keeps his calm to eventually draw out a heavy forehand from the Greek and go 5-4 ahead. Ace, wide into the ad court, from Tsitsipas - 5-all. Match point for Tsitsipas courtesy of a forehand pass - 6-5. Extraordinary patience shown by Tiafoe to stay in the rally and he eventually gets the reward as Tsitsipas hits a forehand into the net - 6-all. Tiafoe has a set point after Tsitsipas’ backhand slice hits the net but it will be on the Greek’s serve - 7-6. Body serve from Tsitsipas and Tiafoe hits the backhand into the net - 7-all. Tsitsipas hits the forehand down the line wide and Tiafoe has another set point but this time, on his own serve at 8-7. Tiafoe overhits a crosscourt forehand and it is 8-all. A sensational crosscourt backhand pass from Tsitsipas to go 9-8 up and he has a match point on his own serve now. Tsitsipas does not get the drop shot right, Tiafoe sends the return down the line and then covers the crosscourt forehand pass from Tsitsipas with a forehand volley - 9-all. Backhand return from Tiafoe goes wide after Tsitsipas’ forehand lands on the baseline. Another match point for the Greek - 10-9. Tiafoe to serve. Heavy backhand from Tsitsipas and it is 10-all. Tiafoe has one more serve. Backhand into the net from Tiafoe and yet again, Tsitsipas has a match point on his own serve at 11-10. Is fourth time the charm for the Greek? No, it isn’t as Tsitsipas makes a mess of a crosscourt backhand - 11-all. Astounding backhand pass from Tiafoe, it turns back in just enough to catch the line - 12-11. Tiafoe has a set point and he converts it with a brilliant wide serve and backhand volley combo - 13-11. We will go to a match tiebreak and Team World is ever so close to its first ever Laver Cup title.
Tsitsipas serving to stay in the set yet again. Tiafoe manages to get the return in on the first serve and that makes a difference as he wins the point courtesy of a faulty backhand volley from the Greek. An absolutely stunning forehand down the line winner from Tsitsipas, 90mph and he lets out a huge roar - 15-all. An ace, wide into the deuce court and Tsitsipas goes up 30-15. Drop shot brought out at the right time from the Greek and he is 40-15 up. Tsitsipas holds after sealing the game with yet another ace. Tiebreaker to come.
Excellent from Tiafoe to cover the backhand crosscourt passing shot and hit a backhand volley to go 30-0 up. A miscued drop shot from Tiafoe - 40-15. Ace, wide into the deuce court and Tiafoe holds. He is guaranteed a set tiebreak.
Tsitsipas serving to stay in the set. Wide serve into the deuce court draws a heavy forehand return from Tiafoe - 15-0. Two backhand errors from the American and Tsitsipas is 40-0 up. Love hold. That was quick.
Tsitsipas does not get the backhand crosscourt passing shot right in the first point but manages to draw a mistake on the backhand volley from Tiafoe on the second - 15-all. Body serve followed by a crosscourt forehand - Tiafoe up 30-15. Crosscourt backhand from Tsitsipas falls close to the net, Tiafoe gets to it, sends the return above the net (and falls on it) but the Greek ends the point with a crosscourt forehand volley into the open court - 30-all. Backhand crosscourt shot from Tsitsipas hits the tape and goes above Tiafoe’s racquet at the net - deuce. Big first serve down the T and the return from Tsitsipas is long - Ad-40. Unforced error on the forehand from Tiafoe - deuce again. Slow second serve from the American and Tsitsipas hits the forehand return into the net. Wide serve into the ad court from Tiafoe and Tsitsipas hits the backhand return into the net. Tiafoe holds.
Ace, wide into the deuce court. Serve down the middle and Tiafoe hits the forehand return into the net. Another wide serve into the deuce court followed by a forehand down the line - Tsitsipas up 40-0. Deep crosscourt forehand from Tiafoe draws the mistake from Tsitsipas on the forehand - 40-15. Wide serve into the deuce court and Tiafoe’s forehand return hits the net.
Clean service game from Tiafoe. Love hold. Back in front.
Big serve down the middle from Tsitsipas and Tiafoe’s backhand return goes long. Relentless stuff from Tsitsipas. Another forehand down the line winner to go 30-0 up. Tsitsipas sends the simplest of the backhand volleys wide at 40-0. Backhand crosscourt from Tsitsipas takes a deflection off the net and goes wide - 40-30. Tiafoe has a sniff of an opportunity. Tsitsipas slams shut that door with an ace, wide into the deuce court.
Big miss from Tiafoe. Easy forehand down the line put into the net - 0-15. Body serve from Tiafoe, Tsitsipas’ backhand return lands on the line. Tiafoe challenges the call wrongly and is down 0-30. Ace, wide into the deuce court and a forehand down the line - Tiafoe makes it 30-all. Wide serve into the deuce court followed by a crosscourt forehand into the deuce court - Tiafoe up 40-30. Long backhand crosscourt from Tiafoe and it is deuce. Backhand volley from Tiafoe has been challenged by Team Europe unsuccessfully - Ad-40. Tiafoe forces Tsitsipas wide into the ad court and finishes the rally with a backhand volley into the open court. Big service hold for the American.
Ace, wide into the ad court, Tsitsipas up 30-0. Make that 40-0 as Tiafoe hits an attempted backhand pass into the net. Love hold for Tsitsipas as Tiafoe’s crosscourt backhand goes wide.
Wide serve into the ad court followed by a forehand down the line - Tiafoe makes it 15-all. Serve down the middle, backhand return from Tsitsipas goes long - 30-15. Another backhand return from Tsitsipas, this time on second serve, goes long - 40-15. Tiafoe goes for the inside-out forehand again but misses the line by a whisker - 40-30. Serve down the middle and Tsitsipas’s forehand goes flying off the court. Tiafoe holds.
Deep forehand return from Tiafoe on Tsitsipas’ serve down the middle and the Greek hits the forehand long - 0-30. Second serve from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe hits the backhand into the net - 15-30. Tiafoe hits a backhand down the line in response to the Greek’s inside-out forehand but it is just wide - 30-all. Yet another superb inside-out forehand winner from Tsitsipas. Closes the game in style.
Wide serve into the deuce court from Tiafoe followed by a forehand down the line with Tsitsipas hitting the backhand into the net - 30-15. Inside-out forehand from Tsitsipas lands bang on the line - 30-all. A T ace gives Tiafoe a game point. Wide serve into the ad court followed by a strong forehand down the line - Tiafoe holds serve.
FIRST SET (* denotes server)
Tsitsipas serving for the set. An overhead smash, a crosscourt forehand volley, a wide unreturnable serve in the deuce court - Tsitsipas up 40-0 in no time. Inside-out forehand winner from the Greek player to close the opening set.
Tsitsipas puts pressure on Tiafooe with the forehand before rushing in and asking him to go for the passing shot which he fails to do - 0-15. Tsitsipas slips mid-rally but steadies himself in time to hit a one-handed backhand crosscourt pass to go 0-30 up. Net cord favours the Greek as he hits a backhand slice and the ball drops dead on Tiafoe’s side - 0-40. Crosscourt backhand into the net from Tiafoe and Tsitsipas is up by a double break.
Clean ball striking from the Greek. Consolidates the break without much fuss.
And the American is down 0-40 on his own serve. Trouble. Tiafoe saves one break point with a crosscourt forehand winner. However, Tsitsipas converts the second by bringing Tiafoe in with a backhand slice before hitting a crosscourt forehand passing shot.
Love hold for Tsitsipas. Tight start to the match.
Tiafoe is frustrated after sending an inside-out crosscourt forehand wide - 30-all.. Forehand volley to close the game for the American.
Tsitsipas serving first. The Greek No. 1 loses just one point before closing the game with a T ace.
8:44PM IST - Next match - Team World’s Frances Tiafoe vs Team Europe’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek player wins the toss and elects to serve.
The remaining two singles ties - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Frances Tiafoe followed by Casper Ruud vs Taylor Fritz.
After a stunning win for Felix Auger-Aliassime over Novak Djokovic, Team World is just one win away from its first ever Laver Cup title. For Team Europe to retain its title, it needs to win both of the remaining singles matches.
|NOVAK DJOKOVIC (TEAM EUROPE)||3|
|FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME (TEAM WORLD)||6|
SECOND SET (* denotes server)
Djokovic serves first. A longish rally ends with FAA’s backhand takes a deflection off the net cord and dropping dead on the opposite side before Djokovic can get to it. The mini-break advantage disappears for the Canadian as he hits a forehand long - 1-all. T serve followed by a forehand down the line - FAA leads 2-1. Unforced error on the backhand from Djokovic and FAA leads 3-1 with a mini-break advantage. Forehand volley from Djokovic after some lung-bursting running to defend absolutely everything from FAA - the Canadian leads 3-2. T serve from FAA and Djokovic hits the forehand return into the net - 4-2. Crosscourt backhand from FAA catches the line and the Serbian’s backhand crosscourt return is into the net - 5-2. Next two serves are Djokovic’s. Four match points for FAA after Djokovic hits a backhand long. Ace, wide into the deuce court from the Serbian - 6-3. FAA with three match points, first two being on his serve. Big serve down the middle followed by an inside-out forehand winner - FAA takes the tiebreak 7-3 and defeats 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic! Team World started the day at 4-8 but now leads 10-8!
FAA to serve to once again stay in the set. Wide serve into the deuce court followed by a backhand crosscourt into the ad court - FAA up 15-0. Follows it up with a T ace - 30-0. And another ace, wide into the deuce court - 40-0. Wide serve into the ad court followed by a forehand down the line - FAA holds. Onto the set tiebreak now.
Backhand crosscourt shot from the Serbian lands just wide - 15-all. Backhand volley from FAA forces Djokovic to run to the deuce court and hit the crosscourt forehand with the Canadian ending the point with a forehand volley - 15-30. FAA goes for the backhand crosscourt pass but it goes wide. Could be a big miss. T serve from Djokovic and FAA’s backhand return is into the net - 40-30. Backhand slice from the Canadian goes into the net. Djokovic holds.
FAA serving to stay in the set. The Canadian is up 40-0 in no time. Love hold. Top stuff.
Double fault from Djokovic. Second serve from Djokovic, 84mph, and the Canadian hits the forehand down the line return long 15-all. Wide serve into the deuce court and FAA’s forehand return lands into the net - 30-15. The Canadian keeps the pressure up as he hits an inside-out forehand winner to make it 30-all. FAA puts too much on the backhand slice and the ball lands wide. Backhand slice from FAA this time lands on the line but Djokovic replies with a crosscourt forehand and the Canadian’s forehand in the follow-up goes long. Djokovic holds.
Backhand pass from FAA to go 30-0 up. One of the flattest backhands down the line from the Serbian and the Canadian’s forehand in reply lands into the net. Ace, wide into the ad court - 40-15. FAA holds with the combination of a wide serve into the deuce court and forehand down the line into the ad court.
FAA does well to force Djokovic to the right corner with his crosscourt forehand before finishing the rally with a forehand down the line 0-15. T serve from Djokovic, FAA sends the forehand return down the middle and Djokovic hits the forehand in response long - 0-30. A 123mph first serve down the T from the Serbian and FAA had no chance to sending the return. Drop shot of the highest quality from FAA and he has two break points. Body serve from Djokovic and FAA’s backhand return goes long. Djokovic saves the second break point as FAA sends an easy forehand down the line long. Backhand crosscourt from the Canadian goes long and Djokovic has the advantage. Djokovic rushes in after a forehand slice but FAA finishes the point with a backhand down the line pass - deuce again. Another game point for the Serbian courtesy of a forehand error from the Canadian. Djokovic, somehow, holds serve as FAA hits a forehand volley into the net.
FAA puts a simple backhand volley into the net. Wide serve into the ad court from FAA, Djokovic gets the backhand return in and the Canadian hits the forehand into the net - 0-30. Three break points for Djokovic as the Canadian hits a backhand long. Crosscourt forehand from FAA goes wide and we are back on serve!
Remarkable reflexes from Djokovic to get to the drop shot from FAA, then steady himself for the backhand volley and eventually, FAA hits a forehand crosscourt which goes just long - 40-15. Djokovic holds with a forehand down the line winner.
A clutch crosscourt forehand winner from Djokovic - 15-15. FAA comes back with a T ace. Another T serve and Djokovic’s forehand return goes wide. Serve wide into the deuce court and Djokovic’s forehand return goes flying off the court.
T ace from Djokovic to go 30-15 up. Team World challenges the call unsuccessfully. Wide serve into the ad court and FAA hits the backhand crosscourt long. Wide serve into the deuce court followed by a forehand down the middle but the Canadian wins the point with a backhand pass. Backhand slice from Djokovic and FAA hits the forehand into the net.
FAA goes up 40-0 in no time. Djokovic saves one game point with a backhand down the line winner. The Serbian saves another with a forehand crosscourt. FAA consolidates the break as Djokovic hits the forehand return into the net on the Canadian’s second serve.
Just the sort of set FAA would have hoped for as the Canadian comes from 0-30 down to break Djokovic in the opening game of the second set!
FIRST SET (* denotes server)
FAA serving for the set. Begins with a double fault. Second serve, into the body, and Djokovic hits the backhand return into the net. An ace down the T. Another brilliant serve down the middle and Djokovic’s forehand return goes wide. Two set points. Djokovic saves first as FAA makes an unforced error on the forehand. Wide serve into the ad court, follows it up with a crosscourt forehand into the deuce court and ends it with a forehand volley winner in the ad court - Felix Auger-Aliassime takes the first set 6-3!
A goregous inside-out forehand winner from FAA to go 30-0 up on Djokovic’s serve. Backhand crosscourt winner from FAA after Djokovic’s saves the first passing shot. Three break points for the Canadian. FAA converts the first one itself with a ruthless forehand winner on Djokovic’s first serve up the T.
Ace, wide into the deuce court, from FAA - 15-0. And another - 30-15. Backhand from the Canadian goes long - 30-all. A 14-shot rally and FAA ends it with a forehand into the net. Break point for Djokovic. Djokovic hits a crosscourt backhand, the line umpire calls it out before the chair umpire overrules it. Felix challenges the call and it indeed is out - deuce. FAA holds.
Love hold for Djokovic.
Ace, wide into the deuce court, and FAA is 30-15 up. Follows it up with an ace down the middle - 40-15. Wide serve from FAA, Djokovic manages to get the forehand crosscourt return in and the Canadian hits the forehand down the line long - 40-30. Djokovic mishits the backhand and FAA holds serve.
Aggressive forehand return down the middle from FAA on Djokovic’s second serve and the Serbian’s forehand return in reply is long - 30-15. Forehand pass from FAA, Djokovic let’s it go and it lands well inside the baseline - 30-all. FAA closes in on the net but hits the backhand volley into the net - 40-30. Djokovic goes to the deuce court and FAA hits a forehand down the line on the ad court - deuce. Backhand slice from FAA, Djokovic rushes in and hits the forehand down the line but it is long. Break point for FAA. Double fault from Djokovic and we are back on serve!
Ace wide into the deuce court from FAA. T serve from the Canadian and Djokovic’s forehand return goes long. Serve and volley from FAA done right and he is 40-0 up. Love hold for the Canadian after another gun first serve down the middle.
Djokovic serves. Wide serve into the deuce court and the forehand return from FAA goes just beyond the baseline. Double fault from the Serbian - 15-all. Forehand volley winner down the line takes Djokovic to 30-15. Forehand down the line return winner from FAA on Djokovic’s serve down the middle - 30-all. Wide serve into the deuce court followed by a crosscourt forehand - 40-30 to Djokovic. Heavy forehand from FAA ends the game. Djokovic consolidates the break.
FAA to serve first. The Canadian fails to find first serves in the opening two points, the Serbian gets into the rallies and FAA eventually makes two forehand errors - 0-30. Forehand crosscourt volley winner and Djokovic has two break points at 15-40. Second serve, into the body, and the Serbian hits the backhand return into the net - 30-40. Second serve from the Canadian, Djokovic hits the crosscourt backhand at him and FAA hits the forehand down the line wide. Djokovic gets the early break.
6:45PM IST - Here we go. The two players are set to step onto the court with their respective captains.
6:30PM IST - Auger-Aliassime will be back on court shortly to face Novak Djokovic in singles.
Berrettini begins with an ace wide into the deuce court. Second serve from FAA and Murray hits the backhand return into the net. Forehand volley from FAA goes long and Murray makes the same mistake in the next rally - 2-2. Second serve from Murray, wide into the deuce court and FAA’s forehand down the line is wide. Crosscourt forehand from Sock lands just wide. Team World challenges the call unsuccessfully. Serve down the middle from Sock, FAA puts the forehand volley away - Europe leading 4-3. Second serve from Berrettini and Sock hits a scorcher of a backhand down the line pass - 4-4. Double fault from Berrettini - World leads 5-4. Second serve from FAA, Berrettini goes down the line with the return and Sock hits the forehand volley at Murray’s feet at the net - 6-4 to Team World. FAA and Sock both attack Murray but the Brit comes out on top with a forehand down the middle drawing out an error on the forehand volley from Sock - 6-5 to Team World. Double fault from Murray and the two-point lead of Team World is back - 7-5. Lovely forehand pickup from Murray after wide serve into the deuce court and FAA hits the forehand in reply into the net - 7-6 to Team World. Backhand volley winner down the middle from Andy Murray makes it 7-all. Wide serve into the deuce court from Sock and Murray is unable to send his forehand return across the net - 8-7 to Team World. Berrettini levels the score again with a forehand crosscourt volley right at FAA’s feet - 8-all. Berrettini serves wide into the deuce court, FAA gets into the rally and suddenly, sends one shot directly at Murray at the net who hits the backhand volley into the net. Match point for Team World. FAA with the T serve, Murray sends the forehand return down the middle and Jack Sock finishes the match with a backhand crosscourt volley. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock win 2-6, 6-3, [10-8] and now, Team World trails Team Europe by just one point.
SECOND SET (* denotes server)
FAA serving for the set. Gorgeous backhand crosscourt volley winner from Andy Murray to steal the point after Team World looked in control - 15-0. Overcooked inside-out forehand from FAA and all of a sudden, Team Europe is up 30-0. Body serve from FAA, Sock puts the forehand volley away - 15-30. Serve down the middle from the Canadian, Berrettini’s forehand return goes long - 30-all. Overhead smash down the middle from Sock - 40-30. Set point for Team World. Second serve from FAA and Berrettini goes for the backhand down the line pass and makes it - deuce. Big serve down the middle from FAA and follows it up with a forehand volley. Another set point. Backhand volley into the open court from the Canadian seals the set! Match tiebreak, here we go.
Murray serving to stay in the set. Goes up 30-0 in no time. FAA with a magnificent forehand down the line winner to make it 30-all. Deuce game but Murray manages to hold as Berrettini ends the point with a backhand crosscourt volley.
Serve down the middle from Sock, FAA puts the forehand volley away - 15-0. Murray aims at FAA’s body at the net with a forehand down the line and the Canadian hits the backhand volley wide - 15-30. Great backhand crosscourt volley from FAA but an equally brilliant get from Berrettini, Sock sends the forehand in reply into the net - 15-40. Two break point chances. Sock saves the rally with a backhand lob and eventually gets the reward as Murray makes an error on the forehand - 30-40. Serve wide to Berrettini’s backhand, FAA puts the forehand volley winner down the middle - deuce. Excellent volleying from FAA and again, it forces Murray to make a mistake, this time with a backhand slice into the net. Sock again goes for the lob but this time, Berrettini is ready and hits an overhead smash right at FAA’s feet - deuce again. Forehand pass from Sock to earn another game point. Backhand into the net from Murray. Sock holds.
Big wide serve into the deuce court from Berrettini to begin. Second serve, Sock goes around the backhand but hits the forehand down the line long - 30-0. Forehand error, this time from the Canadian - 40-0. Berrettini converts his third game point to hold serve as Sock hits the backhand down the line return wide.
FAA serving. Murray hits a crosscourt forehand return on FAA’s serve down the middle and Sock’s backhand volley goes long - 15-all. The Canadian finds a big first serve down the middle ad Murray’s backhand is not strong enough to send the return - 30-15. FAA’s forehand dips enough to destroy the attempted backhand volley from Murray as otherwise, Sock and the Canadian were in the same half of the court - 40-15. Quick inside-out forehand from FAA and Berrettini’s inside-out forehand in response lands into the net. FAA holds.
Murray serves. Heavy forehand from Sock, goes well beyond the baseline - 15-all. Wide serve into the deuce court with FAA’s forehand return into the net - 30-15. Sock makes two defensive lobs to keep the rally going but the second one is long - 40-15. Good serve down the middle and FAA is unable to send the backhand return across the net.
Sock serving. FAA ends the first point with a backhand crosscourt volley. The Canadian is in full flow now. Nice movement from FAA at the net to draw an error on the backhand volley from Berrettini - 30-15. Berrettini redeems himself with a beautiful backhand volley before ending the point with a crosscourt overhead smash - 30-all. Murray hits a forehand into the net - 40-30. Forehand volley from FAA hits Berrettini in the chest. Sock holds.
Pressure on Berrettini as he goes down 15-30. Finds a big first serve and makes it 30-all. A wonderful defensive lob from FAA to keep the rally alive and eventually, the Italian hits a forehand long - 30-40. Berrettini makes mess of a simple forehand volley and Team World gets the early break in the second set.
FAA to serve first in the second set. Backhand crosscourt return from Murray on the Canadian’s second serve and Felix hits the crosscourt forehand in reply into the net. Overhead smash from Sock just manages to beat the long range of Berrettini - 40-15. Serve down the middle from FAA, Murray goes for the backhand down the line return but just misses the line.
FIRST SET (* denotes server)
Murray to serve for the set. Murray serves down the middle, FAA hits the forehand down the line with Berrettini responding with a backhand volley. FAA goes for the backhand down the middle but it is long - 15-0. T ace from Murray - 40-0. Three set points. Sock’s forehand on Murray’s second serve goes long. First set goes to team Europe.
Sock serving. Two forehand errors from Berrettini - one into the net and one going wide. FAA sends a simple crosscourt backhand volley wide - 30-15. Excellent crosscourt forehand return winner from the Italian on Sock’s serve down the middle - 30-all. Chaos mid-rally as Berrettini looks to hit the forehand at the same time Murray goes for the backhand down the middle. The Italian gets the racquet on the ball, Murray trips after his shoe makes contact with Berrettini’s. Murray tries to get up and trips again but Berrettini wins the point anyway with a forehand crosscourt - 40-30. Forehand volley from FAA goes long and Murray-Berrettini up by a double break!
Berrettini serving. Murray fails to put the forehand volley away and allows Sock to get into the rally. However, unfortunately for the American, his forehand down the line takes a deflection off the net cord and the ball drops just past the baseline. Good body serve from Berrettini and Sock’s return is into the net. Ace into the ad court. Love hold for the Italian in no time.
FAA serving. Love hold for the Canadian.
Murray to serve. Heavy backhand crosscourt from the Brit - 15-all. Great first serve down the middle from Murray and Berrettini puts the forehand volley away. Second serve from Murray down the middle, Sock unable to adjust properly and hits the forehand return wide. Another serve down the middle, FAA’s backhand return allows Berrettini to jump in and put the forehand volley away.
Sock serving. Second serve from the American and Berrettini hits the crosscourt backhand return right at Sock’s feet - 15-all. A double fault from Sock and it is 30-all. Down the line forehand return from Murray on Sock’s wide serve and FAA is unable to get the backhand volley right. Break point opportunity. Berrettini switches from crosscourt forehand exchange with Sock to hit one down the middle and FAA’s backhand volley goes long. Early break for Team Europe.
Berrettini to serve first from Team Europe. Sock again jumps in at the perfect occasion and hits a forehand volley down the middle. Forehand error from the American - 15-all. Wide serve into the deuce court from the Italian and FAA’s forehand return goes long. Inside-out forehand from FAA goes wide - 40-15. Backhand volley from Berrettini takes the top of the net before dropping dead on the opposite side of the court.
FAA to serve first. The Canadian finds himself in trouble early on as he goes down 0-30 but finds two good first serves to make it 30-all quickly. Sock enters the rally at the right time and hits a forehand volley down the middle - 40-30. FAA holds.
First match of the day: Andy Murray/Matteo Berrettini vs Felix Auger-Aliassime/Jack Sock is about to begin.
4:40PM IST - Here’s the complete line-up for today
4:30PM IST - Final day of the Laver Cup 2022 is here. While Team Europe has the 8-4 lead, the battle is not over yet as every win today gives three points. Team World will still feel it is in the reckoning. Live action begins at 5PM IST. Stay tuned for the build-up!
Team Europe is just two wins away from clinching its fifth Laver Cup title in as many editions after leading Team World 8-4 at the end of day two at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.
Matteo Berrettini defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in a final set tiebreak to put Team Europe ahead at 4-2 before Taylor Fritz brought things back on level terms by beating Cameron Norrie in a final set tiebreak.
The night set session was the ‘Novak Djokovic show’ as the Serbian, playing his first match since winning Wimbledon, dismantled Frances Tiafoe before pairing up with Berrettini to beat Jack Sock and Alex de Minaur in doubles.
On Sunday, however, every win gives three points and therefore, Team World is still not out of title contention.
When and where to watch?
Final day matches of the Laver Cup 2022 will be telecast on the Sony Sports Network and live streamed on Sony Liv from 5PM IST on Sunday.
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