Federer, Zverev win as Europe retains Laver Cup title

Laver Cup Federer gave tips to this veteran tennis player during a match

Laver Cup Federer gave tips to this veteran tennis player during a match

Germany's Zverev completed a 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 win over Canada's Milos Raonic to help win Europe win the tournament 13-11, a two-point margin that remained with his side throughout the three days.

Despite not having a player ranked higher than the lowest member of the Europe team, The World led 11-10 going into the twelfth and final rubber after earlier wins for Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock in the doubles, and Taylor Fritz in the singles.

Europe began Sunday leading 7-5 in a scoring system that gave one point for a win on Friday and two on Saturday - victories in the doubles and each of three singles matches scored three points on Sunday.

Sock and Kyrgios won 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 as Team World cut Europe's lead to 7-5 heading into the final day. But when it came to Laver Cup, a tennis tournament which sees Team Europe take on Team Rest of the World, the two chose to join forces for a common cause. It was awesome. You found a way to get it done.

But inspired by coaching and encouragement from Federer and Rafael Nadal, Zverev raised his level and stormed back to seal victory in Geneva.

"I lost concentration, I saw a really hot chick in the crowd". In the singles category, Nadal will be up against Krygios, whereas Federer will face Isner and Zverev will lock horns with Raonic.

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Still, they fought well today, with only two breaks overall and four points more for the German in the end thanks to that strong performance in the match tie break. It's been an unbelievable rollercoaster", he said, "Bjorn, you're a great captain, and Rocket (Rod Laver), thanks for being here today.

"I'm super happy and super thankful to Rafa and Roger and the rest of the team.

So that means we've got to put somebody else in".

Federer had to win a tense tie-break over world number 20 Isner to take the three points, smashing an ace on the final point to raise the roof in Geneva after the American had somehow shot wide with the court at his mercy.

Zverev started well, taking the first set 6-4, but dropped the second frame 3-6, allowing the big-serving Canadian back into the contest.

Team Europe captain Borg said: "It's been unbelievable tennis".

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