Zverev completes Laver Cup win for Europe


American Taylor Fritz, in for the injured Nick Kyrgios, then extended his team's lead by beating Dominic Thiem 7-5 6-7 (3) 10-5.

Federer's words, with the input from Rafael Nadal as well, clearly had the desired effect with Zverev going on to win the tie break 10-4 and win a third Laver Cup in-a-row for Europe.

"I thought it was a high quality match and we're definitely happy to get the win".

Roger Federer will start his campaign against Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal will kick off his campaign against Milos Raonic on Saturday.

"Hopefully many of you will play Laver Cup many times but it was an incredible weekend".

Zverev said: "They were the ones that got me through that match definitely".

Thiem will play Kyrgios, meanwhile, with Team Europe aiming to wrap up a third straight title, carrying a narrow 7-5 lead into the final day.

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Nadal was meant to play doubles with Federer, but Stefanos Tsitsipas stepped in as his substitute and the American pair of John Isner and Jack Sock pulled off a 5-7 6-4 10-8 victory.

With Kyrgios and Nadal both withdrawing and Federer suffering a doubles defeat, it looked as though McEnroe's Team World would take the title. "There's no place like playing at home, so this is a very special night for me", Federer said.

Meanwhile, Team World captain John McEnroe was also notified about the changes.

With Europe needing to sweep the last two rubbers, Federer came through in a typically tight match against Isner with few break-point chances. Since Laver Cup's debut at Prague in 2017, the event has been staged at Chicago in 2018 and Geneva, Switzerland, in 2019, with the host city alternating between Europe and the rest of the world.

Once again the Laver Cup had provided rich entertainment in front of huge crowds, full of interesting distractions such as the players coaching each other, sometimes in slightly hammed-up fashion, on the sidelines.

The event, sanctioned by the men's ATP tour for the first time this year, will be staged in Boston in 2020.