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Team Europe Win Third Straight Laver Cup

Zverev sealed the deal in a ten point tie break after Federer had kept Europe in the tournament.

Team Europe lifted the Laver Cup for a third straight year with a 13-11 victory over Team World at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva.

After Team World had got off to the perfect start with a victory in the doubles and Fritz had defeated Thiem it was up to Federer and Zverev to save the day. Roger kept his end of the bargain with a rock-solid performance against Isner before Zverev produced some big-time tennis under pressure to come through a ten-point deciding tiebreaker against Milos Raonic to grab the three necessary points to seal the tie!

Let's take a look at how the final day panned out.

Match 9: Isner / Sock def. Federer / Tstisipas 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)

Isner Sock Laver Cup 2019

A solid start from Fedsipas on serve but Isner held in no time and Tstisipas was broken to fifteen in game three after a loose service game. 

Team Europe fashioned a break back point on the Sock serve but Roger tried to do too much at net. A second chance quickly presented itself and the pair got back on level terms.

A quick Federer hold got Europe and the pair then made deuce on the Isner serve but couldn't find a breakpoint chance.

The score quickly moved to 5-5 and after Tsitsipas held for 6-5 Team Europe created 0-30 on Sock's serve. Team World recovered to make 40-30 but two points in a row from Europe gave them a set point. Sock saved it but then double-faulted to give Tsitsipas another chance on the return. Again it was saved but a second double fault gave Europe a third bite of the cherry and they converted it after Tsitsipas hit a stellar backhand return and Fed put away the volley to take the first set. 

Into set two and Team World broke Tsitsipas in game three after Isner came up with a slick reaction volley to lead 2-1. Like the first set, Europe had an immediate chance to break back but Tsitsipas netted a makeable return and World held to lead 3-1. That one break proved the difference and although Europe had a chance to level in game ten, World served out a multi deuce game to force a 10 point tiebreaker.

Into the tie break and Team Europe got up the early mini-break 2-0 but World recovered it. Europe then needed Tsitsipas to come up with a ridiculous get from a smash to keep in front for 3-2.

At 3-3, Isner hesitated and a ball crept over the net leaving him bamboozled, however, a Tsitsipas shank got World level again and a clean Isner winner on the return put them up 5-4.

Isner's serve put them up 7-4 but Roger hit a line finding ace then a volley winner to keep within one point at 6-7.

At 8-6, Federer came up with a solid return and then fired a forehand winner to recover the break but a timid Tsitsipas second serve and an early move from Roger allowed Sock plenty of time to fire a winner into the open court. Europe held the next to save match point but Isner's serve sealed it 10-8.

Match Stats

  Federer / Tsitsipas Isner / Sock
Aces 5 5
Double Faults 1 3
1st Serve 72% 77%
1st Serve Points Won 67% (33/49) 72% (49/68)
2nd Serve Points Won 68% (13/19) 45% (9/20)
Break Points Saved 33% (1/3) 75% (6/8)
Service Games Played 11 11
1st Serve Return Points Won 28% (19/68) 33% (16/49)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 55% (11/20) 32% (6/19)
Break Points Converted 25% (2/8) 67% (2/3)
Return Games Played 11 11
Service Points Won 68% (46/68) 66% (58/88)
Return Points Won 34% (30/88) 32% (22/68)
Total Points Won 49% (76/156) 51% (80/156)

Highlights

Score: Team Europe 7 – 8 Team World

Match 10: Fritz def. Thiem 7-5 6-7 (3), 1-0 (10-5)

Thiem Fritz Laver Cup

Thiem fashioned a breakpoint in the opening game, but Fritz held for 1-0.  From there Thiem was the better player in the set and had three breakpoints at 5-5 but couldn't convert. He then had to save four set points at 5-6 but on the fifth Fritz dispatched a second serve to take the opening set.

Into set two and Thiem found himself in big trouble at 1-2, 0-40 but he won five straight points to level. The serve then dominated with both guys holding comfortably. The set went into a tiebreaker and Thiem went nuclear on the forehand to run away with it 7-3.

That momentum got him a mini-break in the 10 point decider for 2-0 but Fritz won 6 points in a row to forge a 6-2 lead as Thiem's backhand looked shaky. The American extended that to 9-3 and eventually prevailed 10-5.

Match Stats

  Dominic Thiem Taylor Fritz
Aces 6 10
Double Faults 1 1
1st Serve 64% (51/80) 67% (57/85)
1st Serve Points Won 82% (42/51) 88% (50/57)
2nd Serve Points Won 55% (16/29) 46% (13/28)
Break Points Saved 88% (7/8) 100% (7/7)
Service Games Played 12 12
1st Serve Return Points Won 12% (7/57) 18% (9/51)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 54% (15/28) 45% (13/29)
Break Points Converted 0% (0/7) 13% (1/8)
Return Games Played 12 12
Service Points Won 73% (58/80) 74% (63/85)
Return Points Won 26% (22/85) 28% (22/80)
Total Points Won 48% (80/165) 52% (85/165)

Highlights

Score: Team Europe 7 – 11 Team World

Match 11: Federer def. Isner 6-4 7-6 (3)

Federer Isner Lc 19

Federer chose to receive after winning the toss and had half a chance at 30-30 but Isner held for 1-0. Roger replied with a love hold and then had another half-chance at 30-30 but again Isner held to lead 2-1.

The Swiss went one better in game five, creating 0-40 and converting at 15-40 with a forehand pass to lead 3-2. Roger consolidated to love and was giving Isner a working over from the baseline. 

That was quickly 5-3 and Roger went on to serve out the set in style to take it 6-4 in just over an hour.

Into set two and Isner played a couple of decent service games to get himself 2-1 ahead. The serving show from both continued until 3-3 but in game seven Roger create a chance at 30-40. Isner erased it with a second serve ace out wide, The Swiss had another look after a slick backhand pass but again Isner came up with the goods on serve before eventually holding for 4-3.

A 0-30 window came Rogers way in game nine but Isner won four points in a row to hold for 5-4. Another exchange of holds followed but in game twelve Federer had to save a set point with some clutch play.

That meant a tie break to decide the set. With Isner rock solid on serve it was looking dangerous but at 4-3 Roger came up with a forehand return on the stretch to get up a mini-break, another slick return got him in the point and an Isner forehand wide off a net cord gave Fed two match points which he sealed with a big serve. Boom!

Match Stats

  Roger Federer John Isner
Aces 12 15
Double Faults 1 2
1st Serve 75% (44/59) 65% (44/68)
1st Serve Points Won 91% (40/44) 75% (33/44)
2nd Serve Points Won 67% (10/15) 54% (13/24)
Break Points Saved 100% (1/1) 75% (3/4)
Service Games Played 11 11
1st Serve Return Points Won 25% (11/44) 9% (4/44)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 46% (11/24) 33% (5/15)
Break Points Converted 25% (1/4) 0% (0/1)
Return Games Played 11 11
Service Points Won 85% (50/59) 68% (46/68)
Return Points Won 32% (22/68) 15% (9/59)
Total Points Won 57% (72/127) 43% (55/127)

Highlights

On Court Interview

Score: Team Europe 10 – 11 Team World

Match 12: Zverev def. Raonic 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)

Zverev Laver Cup 2019

Close in the opening stages and Zverev looked to be getting down on himself but he came up with a solid return game to break for 4-3. Served it out easily 6-4.

The second set looked to be following a similar pattern but in game six Zverev lost focus when he was distracted by Fritz taking his seat on the Team World bench and was broken from 30-0 up. Raonic consolidated for 5-2.

Sascha managed to regain his focus and at 3-5 fashioned two breakpoints as Raonic looked tight. Two huge serves from Raonic saved them and he staved off two more to force a deciding 10 point tie break.

Into the breaker and it was Zverev who was mentally better, picking off some timid Raonic approach shots to get up a mini-break and moving into a 7-4 lead. That was soon 9-4 thanks to a backhand up the line and he sealed it in style, falling onto his back before being mobbed by the rest of Team Europe in celebration.

Match Stats

  Alexander Zverev Milos Raonic
Aces 4 15
Double Faults 3 1
1st Serve 77% (41/53) 68% (47/69)
1st Serve Points Won 80% (33/41) 74% (35/47)
2nd Serve Points Won 50% (6/12) 45% (10/22)
Break Points Saved 0% (0/1) 83% (5/6)
Service Games Played 9 10
1st Serve Return Points Won 26% (12/47) 20% (8/41)
2nd Serve Return Points Won 55% (12/22) 50% (6/12)
Break Points Converted 17% (1/6) 100% (1/1)
Return Games Played 10 9
Service Points Won 74% (39/53) 65% (45/69)
Return Points Won 35% (24/69) 26% (14/53)
Total Points Won 52% (63/122) 48% (59/122)

Highlights

Score: Team Europe 13 – 11 Team World

Thoughts on the Final Day of the Laver Cup 2019

Laver Cup Win 2019

First up was the doubles and it was a very tight match. I thought Roger and Stefanos were a much more natural pairing than Tsitsipas & Nadal yesterday evening but the problem was neither of them played well at the same time. Both guys had great moments but when one guy was free-flowing, the other wasn't.

Tsitsipas was the better player of the two for the most part in the rallies but his Achilles heel is the return. He takes huge swings when just blocking the ball is a better choice. That cost them in the tie break as Roger was rock solid but Stefanos shanked 3 or 4 balls with one hitting the ceiling.

In the first singles, I thought Thiem had an on/off day. He looked to be dealing with Fritz easily in the first few games but messed up to drop the set. In the second he dug deep and played a great tiebreaker to level but his level dropped in the 10 point decider as Fritz played freely unlike against Tsitsipas. 6 points in a row doing the damage as Thiem was shell shocked. 

The other thing to note was the crowd were a bit flat given the swaps and confusion about what was going on with Thiem in for Nadal and then Fritz in for Kyrgios which gave it a bit of a dead atmosphere but when they'd settled back into it was soon back to normal levels.

Onto Federer's match and it was a stellar display in a match he needed to win to keep the Laver Cup alive. I thought he served great and gave Isner a working over from the baseline. Those easy holds made it feel like Isner was the one always serving and John didn't seem like he was moving that well to ever get back into rallies when he fell behind.

Federer's win meant Zverev had to win the final match of the day and he produced a clutch performance, overcoming a second set blip and showing he was the better man under pressure. Whereas Raonic, who is arguably more experienced, made some half-hearted approaches into Zverev's stronger backhand wing which burned him. I was very impressed with Sascha's mental game and it seems like he's a man for the moment in these team events and the Fedal pep talk got the best out of him.

My Verdict on the Laver Cup 2019

Team Europe Lc Win 19

Another fantastic weekend and the Laver Cup has so far managed to better itself every year. Prague was a fantastic start, Chicago took it up a notch but then Geneva went one better. The crowd were crazily involved all weekend and the tennis on offer was awesome. So another unforgettable weekend for anyone who watched and even more so for those who attended I'm sure.

I'm a big fan of how it's all put together, for the fans watching live they got to watch tennis in such a great atmosphere and experience 72 hours of quality tennis. The decibel level when Roger hit that stretch volley against Kyrgios was insane. The fans watching at home also get something exclusive too; the team bench cameras give you a completely different look at things and mid-match interviews are very interesting.

The highlight for me was the involvement and camaraderie between all the players. Nadal was top quality on the bench giving great advice, Fed was as animated as ever and as fans, we get to see a different side to the sport.  an insight into the mindset of the players and we are able to listen to some of their thoughts out loud in the team environment. Such a good look for tennis!

Not that it's in any doubt, but I thought Mark Petchey put it best “if you don't think the Laver Cup is good for tennis, take your vial of denial and have a glass of champagne.” 👍

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What did you guys think of the third edition of the Laver Cup? 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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  1. The crowd wasn’t just insanely involved, it almost brought down the court lol.
    But I agree that the atmosphere and the matches where amazing!!

  2. A highlight of the year! Agree totally with you, Jon, about the nice – and otherwise unknown dimension of tennis SPORT that LaverCup generates. Genius!

    1. And of course I rooted for Europe, but nice guys in Team World too – I almost thought they almost deserved to win this time…(but fortunately…)

      1. Yes, and I sing along in praising your great reporting it all, thanks Jon. LC might come to be a main event of the tennis year – not only for the fans here I guess. Great fun to watch, an honor to perform in, and generating enthusiastic dreams for more teaming..If ever Roger finds the double play interesting in other tours – then my dream is with Sock – or Kyrgios – or Rafa of course. I’m getting to be a fan of those, except vs Roger of course, or when Rafa plays final in a slam. Sock is my second star right now (well has actually been for some time)!
        Another dream would be Monfils in the Europe team, if he rejuvenates again – and who else? (I actually like Fab Fabio as well, a pity he had off day.)

  3. Brilliant writeup to match a brilliant event and now Boston next …Roger has given us so much with this festival of tennis and elevation of Rod Laver (who was largely forgotten outside of Oz tbh) and now Jonathan has even given us fab recaps, coupled with all the reactions and views on here has made this event just so enjoyable ….thanks all !

      1. Looking at those moments with Rocket and the photo gallery in the Expo Hall honouring the greats, I damn well hope someone does it for Fed one day. His vision for this comp and it’s mix of young and established is brilliant.

  4. Watched every minute of it. It is the greatest event of the year. The scoring system makes it special. the team spirit is great. Been in Prague for all three days. But is seems to get better every year. Exhausted though, as a tennis fan it drains you out.

  5. Mazie Grille, Fabio
    Muchas gracias, Roberto y Rafa
    Danke, Sascha und Dominic
    Efkharisto, Stefanos
    Thank you, Rod
    Tack, Bjorn
    Merci, Genève !
    … THANK YOU, Roger for creating that fantastic competition.
    Tennis is a universal  language and, we, all around the world, love it !

  6. Oh boy, I was completely drained too. So much so that I went out for the Sunday ride after Roger broke Isner and somehow knew that all would end up nicely. I was a bit skeptical about LC in the first edition but I see it now as a great promotional event for the sport. It was great having it covered by Eurosport.
    I only object that the way the “teams” are set up is a bit artificial. It’s Europe vs Not-Europe, not “world”. Or better:
    This year it was Europe vs Ex-English colonies. Right?…

      1. Ok so Kei said no, his body will prob never allow him to take the risk. Diego wasnt asked this yr ( shame), Kev ( SAfrican) pulled out. Rumours are that Félix also said no.
        The one missing link is really the South American one. Delpo has pulled out before ( fragile body). Pella cld hv been an option but I really hoped for Diego.
        Let’s see next year. Nick looks like a permanent feature. I doubt Nadal will be there next year. Andy cld be a great addition depending on where he is ranking wise. Plus new up and comers. Fritz turned out to be a great pick ( he apparently expressed interest himself in playing, to Mac).

  7. I was skeptical about the scoring system when they unveiled it three years ago, but boy does it keep the energy high! Glad to see Roger pull it out v. Isner. Borg was SO excited when Sascha won his match… whew.

    Next year Boston, which is not terribly far from me, & did I read Borg & JMac are staying on? The Boston Garden site says tickets are available already, but the links seem to be dead. May be prohibitively expensive, but I’ll look into it.

  8. Wow! Loved every minute of this tournament. I thought Fed played great tennis. His serving was right up there and some great shots mixed in with it all. I thought the atmosphere was fantastic. I just had to listen to the crowd to know who was winning the point. So happy for Fed that they could win it again, especially in Geneva. Can’t wait for Roger and Rafa to come to South Africa. If I remember correctly the stadium can take 50,000 plus with tickets already sold out?

    1. Ye the Cape Town Stadium, 50k, should be good.

      I’m not a huge fan of Bill Gates though tbh, people just see charity and think amazing. But he’s been convicted twice for predatory monopoly practices.

      1. Ticket sales are an issue tho as sold out literally within seconds of it opening meant quite simply that all the tickets had been taken, probably somewhat dishonestly by resale merchants and big corps. Individuals I know didn’t hv a chance of even getting on the site. Hopefully they will still get a chance but I am worried about how much the prices will inflate….

        I see Kei has pulled out of Asian swing ( sad) so does Fed still play the Uniqlo exho??

  9. Only able to watch on Sunday but then was absolutely glued to the television.
    Some wonderful tennis and yes it is great to see the team members on the bench and hear what they say.
    It shows a different side of their characters and is great fun.Like the Two sets and a tiebreak format very much.
    Laver Cup is a great event ,good for tennis and well done Fed for its inception.😊

  10. Wow!!! What a weekend of splendid tennis. The whole debacle about Nadal and Kyrgios’s injuries just lent
    d a bit of spice to the whole spectacle. I was drained to the core. Felt as if I played five matches. To see the players in that team situation ( we are so used to see them just performing for themselves), was such a delight. The parental guidance of the senior guys in team Europe gave me so much hope for the future of tennis. I think even someone with a weird personality that is crippling his great talent as Kyrgios will benefit greatly from being mentored by these guys. This is the greatest tournament of the year outside the majors. Please, let it never stop!

  11. I agree that the Laver Cup was a great event. I watched every minute of it, and can’t wait for next year. As a big Rod Laver fan I love the way he is honoured. It was charming to see the 81-year-old Laver arrive, holding hands with his girlfriend.

    As a Canadian I was rooting for Team World, although my gut reactions were still for Fed when he played. It is just such a pleasure to watch him, and we know each time is precious.

    But next year I want Team World to win!

    1. I feel like you do when it comes to rooting for Team World but not when it comes to Fed. I am happy to see that great comeback for Team Europe. But like you next year I will be rooting for Team World no matter what. 4 years in a row is enough punishment.

      1. After Fed beat both Nick and Isner and it went to the wire I thought I wld be ok if Milos won. I then found myself screaming for Sascha like a madwoman 😂😂😂

    2. Agree.
      Hilariously on Day 3 I had Socks brother sitting Below me in the Team World family seats and he was going absolutely mad supporting Jack and John in that dubs, waving a chair around and standing almost constantly! Haha! Nicks brother was also there, and Denis’s family. Great fun!

  12. Who knew watching this year’s edition of LC could be so draining, 72 hours of high level tennis and changeover action really good stuff for tennis. I love watching Roger playing doubles, so quick at the net – not human. I have a feeling he would have been GS Doubles champion too. The entire format is well thought through, from scoring to points adds drama and excitement especially on final day. Players like NK, Isner, Sasha, Sock and Roger are now considered as LC veteran, been playing at all 3 editions. The big question, will it continue to gather huge crowd when Roger retires? I really hope so.

    My top 5 favourite moment from this year LC edition,
    1. Half naked Roger clad only with towel having pow-wow meeting before Sasha’s match, that is going to be my wallpaper
    2. Nadal clarifying with Tsitsipas on doubles signal, any finger you cross lol giggling like schoolgirls
    3. Roger giving F***bombs to Sasha before TB against Raonic
    4. Roger again can’t bear to watch Sasha, covering his eyes….omg that’s us fans when we watch you play Rog!
    5. Classic NK – I was distracted by a woman who I want to marry ha ha ha

    Lastly weirdest wtf is that -Tsitsipas staring, oggling and caressing the trophy

    1. Haha, Dippy. I like your top 5!
      I was out of town so only saw bits and pieces. I did record most of it for later. What a great event.
      Ok, people who were there…..get your typewriters out of the closet and start writing a fan report!

    2. Definitely my top 5 too! Epic scenes! Loved Fed’s roar on beating Nick and his leap after brilliantly dismantling Isner.
      What a weekend! I was knackered just being there, screaming and cheering every day. Goodness know how Fed does it. He played the most, does the most press, interviews, events, team building, coaching, etc. Doubt he had much sleep over 3 days. Incredible.

      1. I missed another epic scene where Roger was running after Rafa to toilet. Lol it’s so funny, wondering what he was thinking.

  13. Whole thing is brilliant ! Fed was unbelievable ! His shoulder/back clearly recovered , John MAC after US said Rog was simply ‘ not on it ‘ could not notice injury so blind but this weekend he was spot
    On it ‘ ! Best part Roger and Rafa. bromance !
    What an example of rivals/ friendship/ sportsmanship they are !fantastic for the game . And they were not acting ! Otherwise oscars all round please

      1. Isner I thought had a tweak either knee or hip. Definitely affected him in 2nd set towards back end of match when he pushed on the serve a bit into DFs

  14. Also interesting times ahead with the ATP Cup and the Olympics. With Rafa and Roger now on the Council things will also be interesting to follow.

  15. I think, they all are making up for lost childhood and youth and this is maybe the most important value of LaverCup. Europe vs. World or Gang A vs. Gang B, does not matter.
    And that’s also the secret, why they play there maybe the best tennis of the whole season.
    If they start to give ranking points, it’s over.
    Maybe they live here just like they live in the locker room, but we can’t see?
    In this sense Roger is maybe bigger in his role of family father than in anything, maybe because he is actually family father, while most or all of others aren’t.

      1. Why? Would destroy the competition atmosphere?
        I believe, I have seen on some tournaments players boxes to be side-by-side. Cannot recall, where.
        Still at least short visits in the other team’s box should be allowed.
        And when it all is over, why not to have common party after friendly competition?
        Don’t know, if they would like it. Only my opinion.
        What is so dreadful in this one?

      2. Re “dreadful ideas”. Remember times, when player’s speeches were hold in respective native language and there was pro interpreter, translating live into English or local language.
        Was it not nice to hear Nadal speaking beautiful English instead of breaking his tongue with 50-words-English?

      3. I also remember a tournament, where both winner and runner-up were sitting on the same bank and having nice chat before ceremony. Was it not with Fed and Falla in Basle? Dreadful?

  16. For me the weird moment was in a match break (doubles, saturday, was it?) when Nadal ran to the toilet (?) room followed by Roger. Whaaat?…

  17. I just loved it, this guy Federer sure has the midas touch
    can even make a plain white towel look good…..I wonder
    if anyone has tied that knot and had a sneaky look
    in the mirror…Tennis was good as well x

  18. Completely tennis overloaded (though never overRogered) but totally worth it. Super write-up Jonathan, I’ll catch up with all the post now 😀

    1. Yeah I bet it was a tiring weekend, not much respite. Arrive at midday, leave at 8 / 9pm then back at it the next day.

      That is the one thing that can be a bit annoying about tennis tournaments, you are bound to the confines of the arena, so proper meals etc. are out of the window. Not sure which match I’d have sacrificed to go to the city before play started tbh, they were all pretty good.

      1. Damn, I missed the best incident of LC Sue. But I saw him leaving his hotel with his family this morning purely by chance. He thanked and waved at us omg.

  19. To me the Laver Cup is more fun to watch then any Grand Slam. Roger Federer will someday retire but his greatness will remain in history for many years and I feel The Laver Cup will even surpass Fed and Nadal and Djocovic. It is THE MOST entertaining event in sports PERIOD. When you think of it because of Fed, Nadal and Djocovic Grand Slams will never have an era to match those 3 players playing at the same time. Not to mention I doubt any one player in the future will win more then 10 GS in their lifetime. The Laver Cup will eventually become the biggest event in tennis when all three someday retire.

    1. Would be going too far to say more fun than a Grand Slam for me but it’s certainly entertaining.

      A player who isn’t even born yet is going to win more slams than Federer and Nadal. Guaranteed 🙂

      1. Yes, anything that is not impossible will happen at some time, no matter how low its probability is.
        But it’s also very likely that I will be part of a brick or a pineapple when it happens.

  20. I bloody loved my time at Laver Cup! Incredible and hugely entertaining tennis, brilliant atmosphere, wont forget that noise for a while and took it to new levels post Prague which I also attended ( cheaper, it has to be said) and Chicago which I didn’t.
    Venue was the perfect size, seating was good, view was good! Fanzone a brilliant idea to lay back in a deckchair, hang out with fellow fans and grab a beer.

    I really enjoyed Stef in dubs. Crowd loved him and he has great energy ( Sascha still needs to improve on that). Return does need work but boy is he a far more natural net player than Sascha. I actually wld hv played him on FH side because his FH was deep and consistent all night whereas the BH went in and out.
    Was glad Thiem got another singles chance but credit to Fritz who was so solid and served great and got himself a ton of new fans ( LC working its magic on another lesser known youngster). Apparently he actually asked JMac if he cld get involved. Clearly knows a good thing when he sees it.
    Fed played an absolute boss match and Sascha kept it together and despite a couple of shaky dubs, his serve looked great ( giving him credit as he has been pasted for it of late). Groundies were on fire and that amazingly to the point pep talk from Fedal worked wonders in the TB, plus Milos getting as tight as he always has in big moments.
    Fab weekend, tighter than tight matches, epic crowd support and Fed in a towel!! What’s not to like
    Bring on Boston!!

  21. Well given that Margaret Court retired in 1977 and holds 24 of them and Serena who has been playing for 20+ years who is deemed one of the greatest in this era is having a hard time getting to 24 , it’s hard to imagine anyone rising to that level as tennis has become increasingly competitive and harder to achieve a grand slam title, harder to get 2 or 3 in a row let alone a calendar slam. And most importantly, players have to avoid injuries to have longevity.
    And….anytime Roger wins I am a happy camper and super excited and it was an incredible Laver Cup weekend to watch!

  22. Hmmm…..why does “Team World” have to be in USA every time? And in the east. I’ll be in Boston in April but can’t make it in Sept. Damn. Flying around this continent is expensive. Are all the European players going to stay in North America after the USO next year? Don’t think so.
    Fed playing Shanghai for sure?

    1. I suggest a “PeRFect blog united fans” week of holidays next year : 3 days for the Laver Cup + 4 days to admire the colours of trees during the Indian Summer on the East Coast. I suggest the whole trip to be sponsored by Rolex + Net jets + Barilla + Rimowa + Crédit Suisse + Jura …

      1. It will be too early for tree color around Boston…. possibly northern New Hampshire or Vermont will be good by then. There are always a ton of bus tours available.

      2. Ha. I will be at the Boston Marathon in April. I thought the hotels in NYC were expensive but Boston is crazy. Hotels downtown for 800 USD. I wonder what LC prices will be?
        I found an inexpensive one across the harbour, near the naval yard and USS Constitution. Nothing to write home about but good enough with fridge, oven, coffee maker, gym, pool etc. Don’t want to spend all day travelling into the city either.

  23. I hope they include Russia in World, to make things more even.
    Europe with Federer/Nadal/Djokovic/Murray/Wawrinka/Cilic and World with Medvedev/Nishikori/Del Potro/Khachanov/Aliassime/Kyrgios would be a blast.

    PD: Jona, ¿what do you think about the Greta thing?

    1. Greta is a joke. Been used as a political pawn by her overlords. I feel sorry for her to be honest, no 16 year old should be getting used like that. Her parents should be ashamed.

      She has zero clue what she is on about, as was proven in the scripted vs unscripted video I posted earlier on Twitter. Laughable to be honest.

      If you subscribe to the theory that a movement / group etc. is defined by it’s leader e.g. WW2, Winston Churchill. Robert Guiscard, the Normans, Luther King African-American Civil Rights Movement etc. then the climate change movement has a 16 year old child fronting the campaign. What a way to get taken seriously!

  24. Hey Jon, great great post, really. I don’t know how you do it, for 7 years and longer. Great write-up, great pics, great summary and analysis. You write them so fast and seriously, with having your job, how do you do it?? Respect dude 🙂

    I watched so much Laver Cup, I am tired by just watching 🙂

    My 5 best take-aways from Laver Cup 2019:
    1. Roger in ONLY a towel
    2. Roger in ONLY a towel
    3. Roger in ONLY a towel
    4. Roger in ONLY a towel
    5. Roger in ONLY a towel

    You get my point?? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  25. Had some tickets for the week end, was absolutely insane and probably the best live tennis experience I’ve had! Also managed to sneak in to the VIP box for the last match on Sunday and got to watch Zverev v Raonic and the trophy celebration court side 😀
    Crowd and atmosphere was insane, especially court side when you’ve got ~20 000 people screeching above you!

      1. That was the thought at first yeah. But most came back mid first set and almost all seats were taken, so we got insanely lucky there!

  26. NK better mind his manners. The ATP has given him a 16 week suspension if he violates the conditions during his 6 month probation. I wonder if he will choose to self destruct?

      1. Yeah, he’s not a child, so he should be treated like an adult: do like this or that will happen. Period.
        Not: get a mechanic to fix your faulty/under-grown brain.
        This will only serve as a dissimulated excuse for similar future events (“poor kid, it’s not really his fault…”)

      2. There’s something about his very genuine human like being his own worst enemy sometimes that I somehow sympathize, –

    1. Didn’t he already have one similar to this a couple of years ago? So he spends a chunk of it being injured at home, not actually practising how to manage on court.

  27. Ok, so Borg & Mac are staying on for next year, but it was only supposed to be a 3 year term. So who should the next captains be? I think Hewitt would be awesome for World, but if he keeps playing doubles he may not be eligible. Roddick? How about Edberg for Europe?

  28. Most of the players of the LC jumped on a plane to Asia to play a 250 event. Not good planning at all. Did they all lose or retire early? RBA and Shapo still hanging in there. The allure of big appearance $ ?

  29. Hey guys, I am having some LC withdrawals 🙂 Thanks for all the posts and comments about them. I loved it soooooooo much. It is really like a tour of a week or two weeks that got jammed in to one weekend. I cannot stop admire Roger. How must it have been for him…. He was the main player and also the organisor with his agent Tony. He did soooooo much for the LC, with all the press and also the matches. He and Tony soooo deserve that this will be an event that stays on, gets so much love and attention. Trust me, even RF haters could not stop talking and tweeting about it 🙂

    I read that they (serious journos) want the LC to be with the WTA players or that they have a similar one for the girls. I don’t agree with LC with the girls. Why should they be there? It is for ATP players, guys. Let that stay that way. I think it will lose it’s charm with the girls in it, somehow……
    Maybe Roger and Tony should make one separate for the girls?? I don’t know.
    But I did read two interesting tweets.
    One said: Why is it up to Roger, Tony and Team 8 to “save” the WTA tour?? Why should they make sure that more people watch the matches of the girls??
    One tweet also said: Before the LC began, Roger and Tony and Team 8 were SERIOUSLY burned and trashed by fans of others, media, journos etc about the event, even after the first one ended. They were literally just waiting and hoping so that they could write that it was a flop, but now that it is ligit a succes…. now everyone wants a piece of it. Why?? Even journos are saying to Roger and Tony what to do (like include girls). They didn’t like the idea in the beginning right?? Anyway, that was my thought about it.

    I keep watching the end of the 2nd set and the TB of the match with Roger and Nick. After that point in the TB that made it 3-2 for Roger… wow… in the stream it was a loud noise…. how would it have been live?? Sometimes…. not all the time 🙂 I feel sorry for the opponent of Roger when the noise is like that. I loved the point, I loved the noise for Roger, but I did feel a litte bad for Nick and that point… but only for a few seconds 🙂

  30. Hey Katyani,
    I agree about the WTA not getting involved. Instead, Serena, Patrick and Venus could create the King Kup. On second thought, Serena is a mother so maybe Roger should involve her. We don’t want hurt feelings.
    Remember the IPTL in India? That was fun for a moment but came crashing down for so many reasons.
    I see Roger is playing in Mexico with Sasha in November. Hmmm……remember the end of 2012, he ran around South America and 2013 was pretty much a disaster. He loves the cheering crowds, doesn’t he?
    I’m praying to the tennis gods that LC is next in Holland and you win front row seats and a locker room pass!!!

    1. Agree, let WTA members make a King’s Qup and if they want mix it with men as well. Much better to do own conditions. Agree too about sponsoring Katayani to represent fans’ deciding next LC, maybe assisted by FBRF and others

    2. Can I share a locker room pass with you, Katyani?
      Agreed with you guys about involving WTA. If any, bring Hopman Cup back! It was already a big success!

      1. Hey Sweet Sue, Sweet Muser and Sweet Wanda, I am soooo loving your replies 🙂 Sorry I couldn’t reply sooner. Oh my God…. Laver Cup in Holland?? Even thinking about it….OMG 🙂 Yes, pretty please !!! If it happens I want Roger all to myself, but oke… for once for you three I will make an acceptation… we all can share him for a week…. just a week though 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Oh and Sue…lets stay as far as mpossible from Patrick M shall we??

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