September 23, 2018 -- Chicago, Illinois
With the leadership and experience Roger added to his team, Team Europe was able to clinch the 2018 Laver Cup title on Sunday in Chicago.
After two days of holding the lead over Team World, the Europe squad took the court on Sunday to try and gain enough points to be within reach of the Laver Cup title.
Roger teamed up with Alex Zverev to take on Americans, John Isner and Jack Sock. They seemed to have things under control and took a first set lead and continued to control points until the Americans fought off the European duo forcing the second set to a tiebreaker and then forcing the match to a deciding 3rd set 10 point tiebreaker. Team World came from behind with some shotmaking and somehow squeezed out the doubles win to keep them alive in the Laver Cup competition.
Roger then took the court in singles to face John Isner for another deciding match. This time, Team World took the lead with Isner serving big and playing well to clinch the first set in a breaker. It looked like Team World would push the limits and keep the Laver Cup going as Isner seemed in command of the second set until Roger began to dig his heels in by winning the second set in a tiebreaker and pushing the match to a decisive 3rd set 10-point tiebreaker. Roger stayed in control the whole time clinching the match after saving 3 match points, leaving Team Europe one point away from the title.
The next singles match was Alex Zverev against Kevin Anderson, where Team Europe was able to clinch the win in yet another match pushed to the deciding 10-point tiebreaker for the third set.
Kevin Anderson & Jack Sock defeated Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6
Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2
John Isner & Jack Sock defeated Roger Federer & Alex Zverev 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9
Roger Federer defeated John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 10-7
Team Europe clinched the Laver Cup Title 13-8
Next year, the Laver Cup will be held in Switzerland
For full coverage of the tournament, please see the Laver Cup website.