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Team Europe Leads Heading into Sunday’s Final Day at Laver Cup




-Geneva, Switzerland

Team Europe is in a familiar spot after Saturday’s play at the Laver Cup but the event is certainly nowhere close to being locked up just yet. Thanks to hometown hero Roger Federer and World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the Euro squad leads Team World 7-5 heading into Sunday’s final day.

Europe led after Saturday at both previous Laver Cups in 2017 & 2018. The score heading into Sunday was the same last year in Chicago.

In the first match of the night session, Nadal continued his fine play from the summer defeating a rusty Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6. The reigning US Open champion has now won 29 of his last 30 matches. The only loss coming to Federer in the Wimbledon Semi-Finals.

The Canadian started off well mustering up eight break point chances in Nadal’s first three service games. Only problem, he wasn’t able to convert any. Nadal hit some blistering forehands throughout the match including several down the line for winners and his traditional fist pumps were widely on display.

Raonic, who’s dropped to No. 24 in the World, made 28 unforced errors in the match and his net play which has been one of his strengths was shaky on the dark Laver Cup court. He won just 20 of 39 points at the net.

Raonic also admitted after the match his absence from the tour was because of a torn left glute. In fact he tore the same glute twice, once in Montreal and once the week before the US Open.

In Saturday’s doubles finale, the team of American Jack Sock and partner Nick Kyrgios stayed undefeated as a duo all-time in Laver Cup play (3-0) knocking out Nadal and Stefanos Tsitispas 6-4, 3-6, 10-6. It was a big win for Team World who would have been down 9-3 instead of 7-5 heading into Sunday.

During the day session Federer gave his team the lead after a thrilling come from behind victory over Kyrgios 6-7, 7-5, 10-7. Both players played some high level tennis with just a few points separating the two players.

Kyrgios fired 14 aces in the match and lost just eight points on his first serve. Federer’s serve was on the mark as well firing at 67-percent for his first serve percentage.

Federer was in some trouble in the second set but managed to get out of a couple of jams. At 5-5 he forced Kyrgios to win three straight points before breaking him to go up 6-5. He followed that up with a solid service game giving him the middle set.

The crowd obviously in favour of the 20-time Grand Slam winner was electric and made for a fantastic atmosphere. Federer afterwards saying it was louder in the crowd than any ATP Tour event he can remember. The emotion of the match did get to Kyrgios at one point as he threw down his racquet in disgust going down 4-2 in the third set super tiebreak.

“He played well. I’m not gonna sit here and just continually say he’s the best, he’s the best, the best” said a dejected Kyrgios.”Yeah he’s good at tennis, he played unbelievable he was way too good for me today.”

In the first match of the day, John Isner and Alexander Zverev battled it out with the American coming away with a 6-7, 6-4, 10-1 victory. Both players also served well including 14 aces from Isner. The World No. 20, who had just one win in seven previous meetings with the German including a loss at last years Laver Cup in Chicago, roared with jubilation after securing the victory. The super tiebreak score was the most lopsided in the events history.

On Sunday, each match win will be worth 3 points starting with Doubles beginning at Noon local time. “Fedal” will reunite as Federer and Nadal take on Isner & Sock in the opening contest. The World No. 2 & No. 3 players played just once before that coming at the 2017 Laver Cup in Prague. They defeated Sock & Sam Querrey at that event.

That will be followed by the first singles match of the day featuring the highly anticipated Nadal vs Kyrgios matchup. Their first meeting since the Australian won in Acapulco. Federer vs Isner would be the third singles match followed by Zverev vs Raonic if necessary.



Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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