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Federer Wins But Team World Hit Back on Day 2 at the Laver Cup

Roger Federer produced a top-notch display against Nick Kyrgios on Day 2 at the Laver Cup helping Team Europe into a 7-1 lead at one stage before Team World hit back late in the day as Kevin Anderson surprised Djokovic in three sets and the Sock + Kyrgios pairing comfortably beat Dimitrov and Goffin in the doubles.

Laver Cup Day 2 Results

  • Alexander Zverev def. John Isner 3-6, 7-6, 10-7
  • Roger Federer def. Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2
  • Kevin Anderson def. Novak Djokovic 7-6, 5-7, 10-6
  • Jack Sock / Nick Kyrgios def. Grigor Dimitrov / David Goffin 6-3, 6-4

Scores after day 2:  Team Europe 7 – 5 Team World.

Quick Thoughts on Federer vs. Kyrgios

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A great match from Roger here and some of the best tennis we've seen from him lately, basically a flawless performance from start to finish and it looks as though he's got the measure of Kyrgios now.

In the build up the Todd Woodbridge kept hinting that Roger would be tired after a Rimowa launch in New York, an exhibition in Texas with Roddick then all the behind the scenes stuff in Chicago this week but he started at lightning-fast pace, mixing up his backhand with slice and topspin to cause Kyrgios a ton of problems.

In their early meetings, Fed seemed to be rattled by Kyrgios's unpredictability but at the US Open and now here he looks to have a solid read on Nick's game and puts him a ton of awkward spots. The Aussie's ace count was way down too and Fed had a sweet returning day out there. He also moved great and just looked relaxed which should be the case in this style of pressure off style tournament.

Because the court is laid on an ice rink it's fairly low bouncing and as we saw takes slice very well. That is ideal for Roger's game so no surprises he went to that shot 52% of the time on the backhand. It's also why I wasn't hugely surprised Anderson defeated Djokovic. Novak's coming in off a tough US Open and his game much prefers shoulder high balls. Low bouncing obviously isn't ideal for Anderson at his height either but he does get down low well for a big guy and his serve is a huge weapon which from the highights got him out of trouble a few times.

Federer's Match Stats

R. Federer  N. Kyrgios
Aces 8 3
Double Faults 1 1
First Serve % in 59% 60
Win % on 1st Serve 86% 63
Win % on 2nd Serve 60% 39
Net Points Won 13 11
Break Points Won 3 0
Receiving Points Won 21 12
Total Points Won 58 36

Highlights

Schedule for Day 3 at the Laver Cup

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  • Roger Federer / Alexander Zverev vs. Jack Sock / John Isner
  • Roger Federer vs. John Isner
  • Alexander Zverev vs. Kevin Anderson
  • Novak Djokovic vs. Nick Kyrgios

A great lineup here for the final day, the points scoring system works extremely well here and it's wide open. I like Fed's chances against Isner but it could be a tough one if John serves at his best. He wasn't able to in Sets 2 and 3 yesterday against Zverev who came on very strong after a ropey start so if it's the same Isner I think Fed gets it done in two sets.

How are you guys finding the second edition of the Laver Cup so far? Let me know in the comments.

Jonathan

Huge fan of Roger Federer. I watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Federer and tennis in general.

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24 Comments

  1. 2nd installation of Laver Cup has been very good. Level of play has been good by all players. As for Roger, he continues to surprise me. Tactically sound against NK and court conditions suits him well. Hope he will continue this good form in his next 2 matches.

  2. Yey another LC post! Inspired by Fed’s great match, hah? I also read that you’d been replacing all highlight videos on the blog? Wow, you da hard-workerer, Jonathan.

  3. What a masterclass by Fed ! A peRFect game. I hope he will keep the same level for Asia-Basel-WTF. Such a display of talent deserves a poem.

    In the audience, Rod Laver, a happy Rocket.
    On the bench, a Suede captain with a blue jacket.
    On the dark court, as nimble as a jet,
    A Swiss artist,  agile and reset,
    Encouraged by every team-mate,
    Admiring him on the banquette.

    Flames coming from his vermilion racket,
    The yellow ball waltzing over the net.
    Easily pocketting the first and second sets.
    This time, no stress, no sweat.
    Dear fans, no need to fret.

    Tonight, with Sasha, for another duet,
    He’ll keep his cool and winning mindset.
    For Team Europe, let’s blow the trumpets !
    How many victories, do you bet ?
    So that, in the end, the Blues can jubilate ?

  4. This is the Federer we all love to see a pleasure to watch. Never thought Djo
    would lose to Kevin Anderson, but then I never thought Fed would either! As
    Roger is playing in the first two matches dubs and singles, if he wins both am I
    right in thinking Europe will retain Laver Cup. If this is the case and he loses
    one which one would you like it to be x

  5. What a riot. I watched all your highlights, Jonathan, although I had watched the match last night The commentator (on Amazon Prime, Robbie ?) was priceless. As the commentators frequently say, it was vintage Federer once again. I can’t believe all the travelling and so on that he did a few days before the tournament, what energy he must have. And now he has to play two matches in a row today.
    I was also impressed by Zverev, best I’ve seen him play.
    I was disappointed that during the Kyrgios fracas that McEnroe didn’t say “You cannot be serious!”, haha!
    Great tournament, one of the best, if not the best.

  6. Thanks for the hi-lites! Nothing betterer than that. Fingers crossed he is on a roll for the rest of the season. I’m not impressed with Djoker. Maybe age is catching up to him. Maybe he should think retirement. Ha.

  7. The couple sitting behind us from California were saying what we were thinking after the Roger clinic against Nick: “This alone is worth the trip here”. I just hope we will see more of this today as one can never have enough of Fed master class.

  8. It was a real pleasure to watch Roger against Kyrgios. Very classy game. The Millman debacle becomes a distant memory. Djokovic played well but Anderson played out of his tree. Another latecomer who has found a game at 32 that has eluded him most of his professional career. Plus ca change.

    I enjoy the team format of singles and doubles, and it’s a hoot watching how animated the guys on the bench get during the matches. Davis Cup without the parochial hostility. It’s nice to see an unlikely camaraderie being formed in such an individual sport.

    1. I loved Roger against Isner, too, although he did flub a few FHs at important points. But this was a Fed who played through those glitches and found his shots in the end. It is really really super to watch the players supporting each other. That’s just so different from the rest of the year. I like watching the sidelines as much as I like watching the matches here. 🙂

  9. Indeed,but I think that Fed is the gel that is holding them all together.At the risk of sounding idiotic,my goodness
    Zrerev is handsome ?

  10. Just so you know it ? – Federer won the match vs Isner. I didn’t watch it, only livescore now and then. How was he? And how is Zverev going? Will he win? Good night for now…

  11. Am I the only one think that the black court really good for the photo? All the photo looks great, both colors (red and blue) looks amazing with black court background

  12. I’m surprised the schedule was to put Federer playing doubles vs Isner, and then another singles match next. Glad he pulled it out, saved a few match points (including one on Isner’s serve that was clutch). Still not sure why they didn’t leave Federer for last. In the end Djokovic-Krygios didn’t even have to play?

    Well on to Shanghai next.

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