South Africa’s Kevin Anderson combined with Jack Sock to claim a famous doubles victory over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in a Laver Cup clash on Friday.
Anderson and Sock, representing Team World, needed a tie-breaker to defeat two of the best singles players, Federer and Djokovic, 2-1.
Djokovic and Federer took a while to get settled, but the first set of the match was eventually won by the much-fancied pair as they took a 1-0 lead after a 7-5 win in the tie-break.
Anderson and Sock had a chance to break in the second game of the second set, but they could not convert on both break points they had. The pair had another chance in the fourth game; this time, they took it to have a 3-1 advantage.
Federer and Djokovic could not muster up a single break opportunity as Anderson and Sock levelled the match with a 6-3 win as it went to a tie-break.
In the breaker, Sock and Anderson did not drop a single serve and took advantage of unforced errors from their esteemed opponents to claim a 10-6 win and seal the match 2-1 to get Team World on the board.
Earlier in the day, Grigor Dimitrov (Europe) defeated Frances Tiafoe (World) 6-1, 6-4, Kyle Edmund (Europe) defeated Jack Sock (World) 6-4, 7-5, 10-6 and David Goffin (Europe) defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 4-6, 9-11 as Team Europe take a 3-1 lead into day two of the Laver Cup.
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