Europe races to 2-0 early lead in Laver Cup

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson Courtesy of Laver Cup

Europe retained their Laver Cup tennis crown Sunday as Alexander Zverev defeated Kevin Anderson to complete a 13-8 win over the World team.

And later he reached the Wimbledon semifinals, losing a almost seven-hour-long marathon to Kevin Anderson, who is his teammate this week on Team World.

Mind you, most of these guys are big-time futbol fans, and when time allows - and it apparently does - Schwartzman, Djokovic and their cohorts don't mind kicking around the (tennis) ball.

Team World's frustration came to the boil with some vintage grumbling at the chair umpire from captain John McEnroe and Kyrgios over a disputed line call.

Roger Federer put on a masterclass against Nick Kyrgios at the Laver Cup.

"It's not easy playing one of the best players of all time, but what an unbelievable atmosphere".

Asked why he would risk a return to clay, Federer said simply: "Just because I want to do it".

"That's why we don't play doubles", Federer said to Djokovic.

But rising German star Zverev showed great determination in saving a match point at 6-5 down in the second-set tie-break to level the contest.

Both singles and doubles are best-of-three sets with ad scoring.

Federer and Zverev looked set to give Europe a commanding 10-5 lead in the match after taking two match points in the super tiebreaker at the United Center.

Team Europe had been hoping for a clean sweep on the tournament's first day but will head into day two with a 3-1 lead.

The deciding tiebreak is one of the most fun parts of the Laver Cup format and Day 1 saw three of them played. An exhibition match will be played after the trophy ceremony if the overall victor is decided after Match 9.

Djokovic, victor of the past two grand slam titles, double-faulted on set point to give the South African the advantage. No doubles combination can be played a few times, unless for the doubles decider on Day 3, if points are tied at 12-all.

But by the end of the one-hour and 40-minute encounter, Federer simply proved a superior player.

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