Team World socks it to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup
Team World socks it to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup
Watch Djokovic's priceless reaction after hitting Federer with a forehand
26 September, 2018, 10:39
Djokovic, who has won the last two Grand Slams to move to within six of Federer's record tally, missed the inaugural tournament past year due to an elbow injury.
"We've had some really close matches that haven't gone our way and I really wanted to put us back in there", Anderson said of the turnaround in Team World's fortunes after recording his first triumph over Djokovic in a decade.
"Even though we're the home team, I'm sure they will have a lot of fans cheering for them while they are playing together", Sock said.
The lack of experience in doubles again showed up as Federer and Djokovic failed to match up the doubles specialist Sock and his partner Anderson.
The Serbian saw a forehand hit Federer, who was standing at the net, in the back during their clash against Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock.
6-7 6-3 10-6. Their win gave World their first point of the tournament against the Europeans.
It then left Sock and Kyrgios to combine to win the doubles match finale, beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin of Belgium 6-3 6-4.
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Founded by Federer's management company Team8, in collaboration with Tennis Australia, USTA and Brazilian billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, the Laver Cup is a team event inspired by golf's Ryder Cup, and it carries the name of tennis legend Rod Laver.
"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an wonderful atmosphere".
Sock, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Tiafoe, Anderson and Schwartzman are representing Team World. Sock, who came out to warm up wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey over his shirt, fought back and broke Edmund to go up 6-5 in the second set before serving it out as the crowd came alive.
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