Frances Tiafoe seals first Laver Cup title for Team World

Frances Tiafoe sealed Team World’s first win over Team Europe in the Laver Cup when he saved four match points en route to defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.

The American, who defeated Roger Federer in Switzerland’s last competitive game on Friday, once again proved a fly in Europe’s soup with a brilliant victory.

Tiafoe was outplayed in the opener but roared back to win 1-6 7-6 (11) 10-8 to give Team World an unassailable 13-8 lead.

Team World, who had lost the four previous editions of the team event, started the day 8-4 down but Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (3) after he had previously worked with Jack Sock in a 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 win over Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini.

Tsitsipas had a chance to take the match to a crucial singles clash, but Tiafoe looked inspired in front of a rowdy crowd at London’s O2 Arena who loved the American’s showman antics.

After converting match point, he collapsed on the court and was buried under a pile of his teammates and captain John McEnroe, who then treated the crowd to some dance moves.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Tiafoe, who reached the semifinals of the US Open earlier this month, on the pitch. “John McEnroe dropped a lot of F-bombs and said we can’t lose again. Felix beat Novak today and we all did it together. It wasn’t just me.”

McEnroe was delighted to finally end a long wait for victory, beating out old rival Bjorn Borg, captain of Team Europe.

“Nobody beats Team World five times in a row,” said McEnroe. “Felix has developed a lot. Frances is prime time, we saw that at the US Open.

“This is an incredible team event and I’m enjoying every second of it.”

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34663649/frances-tiafoe-seals-first-laver-cup-title-team-world Frances Tiafoe seals first Laver Cup title for Team World

Emma Bowman

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