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Shapovalov debuts; Team World trails Europe at Laver Cup

Sep 22, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Day 1 of Laver Cup kicked off from Prague. Marin Cilic defeated Frances Tiafoe to begin the day session, followed by Dominic Thiem’s comeback win from a set down over John Isner. Team Europe held a 2-0 lead over Team World heading into the night session.

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Denis Shapovalov headlined the night session in an exciting ATP Next Gen clash with Rogers Cup champion Alexander Zverev.

A tight first set was sent into a tiebreak. It was the sixth tiebreak of the day won by Team Europe as Zverev dominated Shapovalov. Team World had lost all six tiebreaks played so far in the competition.

The second set offered more opportunities for the players to break each other. After failing to convert on his own break opportunities, Shapovalov recovered from 15-40 on his own serve to level the set at 4-4.

In the following game Shapovalov saved four match points, recovering from 0-40 and a fourth match point at deuce.

The second set would end in another tiebreak, and the unfortunate losing streak for Team World continued as Shapovalov surrendered an early lead to fall in straight sets to Zverev.

Results:

Marin Cilic d. Frances Tiafoe 7-6(3), 7-6(0)

Dominic Thiem d. John Isner 6-7(15), 7-6(2), 10-7

Alexander Zverev d. Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3), 7-6(5)

Nick Kyrgios/Jack Sock d. Tomas Berdych/Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-7(7), 10-7

Team Europe leads Team World 3-1 after Day 1.

 

Laver Cup continues on TSN3 all weekend from Prague. Click here to view the complete schedule.